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Cowell Ranch Beach

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This easy hike through farm fields leads to a dramatic staircase down the coastal bluffs to a beach.


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1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Out and Back

134' 41 m

High

51' 16 m

Low

82' 25 m

Up

83' 25 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

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Family Friendly The route is short and the views are dramatic, making for the perfect outing for the family.

Overview

Opened in the summer of 2011, the Cowell-Purisima Trail offers access to several miles of pristine ocean bluffs along an easy multi-use path. This hike takes you to one of the trail's highlights - the beautiful Cowell Ranch Beach.

Description

From the trailhead, the wide, gravel Cowell-Purisima Trail heads straight west toward the ocean. There is a farm on the south side of the trail and a golf course on the north side. Beyond the golf course is the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.

After a half mile, the trail reaches the coastal bluffs. One side trail leads to an overlook and another - a staircase - leads down to Cowell Ranch Beach. Take the stairs - it's the only accessible beach on the Cowell-Purisima Trail and a real gem. Return the way you came.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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Enjoy the sweet view from the stairs down to Cowell Ranch Beach.
Feb 18, 2017 near Half Mo…, CA

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