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Half Moon Bay State Park

Coastside Trail

From Francis Beach to Roosevelt Beach is 6 miles round trip

From East Breakwater, Half Moon Bay arcs southward, backed by a long sandy beach. Forming a backdrop to the beach are eroded cliffs and low dunes.

Three miles of shoreline and four beaches—Roosevelt, Dunes, Venice and Francis—comprise Half Moon Bay State Park. Extending north of the park is more accessible—and walkable—shoreline.

Coastside Trail, extending along the park’s eastern boundary, is a multiuse pathway open to cyclists and walkers. Depending on the tide, you can return via the beach. Coastside Trail is a better bike ride than walk; its function is to link the various state beaches and it does that quite well but it isn’t all that interesting of a saunter. It does, however, bring some marvelous beaches within reach, and for that reason is worth the walk.

Directions to trailhead: From Highway 1 in the town of Half Moon Bay (0.25 mile north of the intersection with Highway 92) turn west on Kelly Avenue and drive to Francis Beach. There is a state park day use fee.
The hike: The trail winds past low sandy hills, dotted by clumps of cord-grass. At trail’s end you can extend your walk by beachcombing northward toward Pillar Harbor by way of Miramar Beach and El Granada Beach.

© 2012 The Trailmaster, Inc.
From John McKinney’s
Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks
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