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Cowell Ranch State Beach

Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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This beach is Gorgeous.. There are trails you walk ..easy trails. And the Beach is Stunning and... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
San Mateo, California
Beautiful Views of the Ocean

Whether you want to hang out on the beach or walk the coastal trail this is a great place to be... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Half Moon Bay, California
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The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good45%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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“quarter mile” (2 reviews)
“coastal trail” (4 reviews)
“parking lot” (4 reviews)
Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

This beach is Gorgeous.. There are trails you walk ..easy trails. And the Beach is Stunning and most day's no one there. One if the best beaches just south of Halfmoon Bay.

Thank lkirby1015
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Whether you want to hang out on the beach or walk the coastal trail this is a great place to be. You can spend all day walking on the trails and hanging out on the beach. It is about half mile to the beach/cliffs. But...More

Thank HappyInTheFog
Reviewed 27 August 2016

A beautiful beach with cliffs and plenty of sea life to view. Bring a camera for the incredible views. Something else to put on your to-do list. Nice relaxing stop for everyone.

Thank Brin651
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Cowell Ranch has limited free parking, many park on Hwy 1. It is about a quarter mile to the overlook and then about 50 railroad tie steps to the beach. Use the portable bathroom in the parking lot before you venture out. This is a...More

Thank Wolfie1901
Reviewed 27 June 2016

The map at the trailhead porta-potty states the walk is .3 miles - but this walk, although flat until you reach the North Beach stairs seems much longer than that. The Coastside Parks Association website states the walk is .5 miles. The South Beach is...More

Thank Kris S
Reviewed 25 February 2016

A highlight of our trip was a walk along this trail. So beautiful with the mustard seeds and wild flowers.

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The Cowell Trail (protected by the Peninsula Open Space Trust) is my favorite hike out on the Half Moon Bay coast. It is only open on the weekend, and no dogs are allowed, but this is one of the prettiest ways to take in both...More

Thank bcjmoore
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Just out of town this will take you past farms on one side and beautiful ocean views on the other. The only downside is no pets. you can also access the beach via a long staircase. It almost looks like the Cliffs of Mojer in...More

Thank conlopez
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

The .3 mile walk allows you to see farming of brussel sprouts, given the time of year and a nicely kept gravel trail they takes you to an overlook that is beautiful. You can travel down 30 stairs or so to the beach, which is...More

Thank travelagentreplies
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here and taking a walk to the beach area; it is around a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. As such, it is less populated but beautiful state...More

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16 August 2015|
Response from travelagentreplies |
No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.