Coastside Trail - South Access

Coastside Trail - South Access

Half Moon Bay, California 94019
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The six-mile Coastside Trail follows the scenic ocean bluffs between Pillar Point Harbor and Poplar Avenue in Half Moon Bay. From the trail, paths lead to four sandy state beaches.

Dogs are allowed only at Blufftop (Poplar Beach). Frenchman's Creek Bridge and the John Hernandez Bridge over Pilarcitos Creek offer the best bird watching. The Coastside Trail is popular with dog-walkers, cyclists and families.

Coastside Trail - South Access: Parking is available off Miramontes Point Rd.

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
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