“This easy run through farm fields leads to a dramatic staircase down the coastal bluffs to a beach.”
— Miguel Vieira
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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.
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.