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Cowell Ranch Beach

Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer out and back
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 82' 25 m
Descent: -83' -25 m
High: 134' 41 m
Low: 51' 16 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

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

Miguel Vieira

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

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