Peninsula Hikes

For detailed information about the hikes click on the title.


Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve

Photo: Catarina Roman,

Edgewood park has 10 miles of trails that join together across the park. In the spring, the park blooms with wildflowers. Respect and avoid contact with snakes, reptiles, and other wildlife.



Año Nuevo 

Photo: Valentin Sergeev,

There’s no place better than Año Nuevo State Park to see the massive elephant seals. Every year, up to 10,000 elephant seals come to the Natural Preserve to breed, give birth and molt their skin. The park also has a natural history exhibit, bookstore and theater. 



Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Photo: John Trollman,

The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve features towering redwoods, ferns, wildflowers, and views of Half Moon Bay. The preserve has 24 miles of hiking trails at both easy and strenuous levels. The Whittemore Gulch and Purisima Creek Loop Trail is 9.3 miles, and features a river.



Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve

Photo: Alma Reed,

The Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve has six beautiful miles of hiking trails and an off-leash area for dogs. The less strenuous Cordilleras Trail is 0.8 miles and is designed to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.



Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Photo: Cody Captain,

This short 0.9 mile hike is near Moss Beach, and showcases the beautiful half moon bay cliffs. At low tide, you can explore the great tide pools.



Sequoia Trail 

Photo: Wes Janson,

This 4.3 mile loop in Big Basin Redwoods State Park features redwood trees and a short but beautiful waterfall. The hike can get muddy at spots, so wear appropriate shoes.



Hamms Gulch to Spring Ridge Trail

Photo: Ben Ma,

This 6.8 mile loop in Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is heavily trafficked and has beautiful wildflowers in spring. The hike and views are beautiful but can be muddy after rain. 



Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail

Photo: Tyler Morse,

This 7 mile loop has great views of the Pacific. Half Moon Bay tends to be foggy, but the summit of Montara Mountain oftentimes breaks through the clouds to give great views. 



Portola Redwoods State Park

Photo: Linda Crilly,

Trails in this park follow redwoods, creeks, and ferns. The Slate Creek Trail hike is an 8.1 mile out-and-back that ends in a camping destination.


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