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green Cowell-Purisima Trail

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Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 209' 64 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 176' 54 m
Low: 71' 22 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

An easy, multi-use trail overlooking pristine beaches from atop coastal bluffs.

Miguel Vieira

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy trail with good views.

Description

From the northern trailhead, the 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 heads to an overlook and another - a staircase - leads down to Cowell Ranch Beach. It's the only accessible beach on the Cowell-Purisima Trail.

The trail then turns south along the bluffs. The path is generally level and follows the contours of the coastline, only descending and ascending steeply to cross Purisima Creek near the middle of the trail.

At the southern end of the trail, there is a short spur trail to an overlook of Seal Rock, where you can usually see harbor seals.

Flora & Fauna

Look for harbor seals and cormorants on the rocks below. You can sometimes see whales in the distance.

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Feb 18, 2019
Bibi Engels
6.6mi
Jul 4, 2018
David Wright
Nice breezy day!
Jun 10, 2018
Kristen Yawitz
Jun 10, 2018
Sara Foster
3.6mi
Jan 20, 2018
KeVin Lim
Beautifully maintained trail
Jun 24, 2017
Rongfeng Yuan
mainly for photography 2mi
Apr 29, 2017
Josh Weisgrau
3.6mi

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  4.3 from 10 votes

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