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Coastside Trail (North & South)
— Scenic Walking Path
— Ritz-Carlton Resort

Scenic Coastside Trail at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

Scenic Coastside Trail
— Spectacular Ocean Views
The Coastside Trail is one of our favorite Half Moon Bay destinations — we enjoy taking long walks here. Popular with visitors and locals alike, the scenic trail offers fabulous ocean and coastline views.



Running parallel to the Pacific Ocean, along the top of the bluff in Half Moon Bay, the Coastside Trail extends about two miles south of the Ritz-Carlton — and seven miles north — to Mirada Road, just south of Princeton-by-the-Sea.

There's a lot to see out here on the Coastal Trail — rugged coastline, crashing waves, ocean views, sandy beaches, trees, wildlife... and golfers too!

Bird on Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay, California

It's a great place to walk, bicycle, jog, or walk your dog. Fun people and bird-watching too!

People walking their dogs on the Coastal Trail going South, from the Ritz-Carlton Resort, Half Moon Bay, California

Bicyclists along Coastside Trail - north to Ritz-Carlton Resort, Half Moon Bay, California



The Coastside Trail offers public parking, picnic areas and restrooms.

Directions to Coastside Trail
@ Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
From Hwy 1, turn right on Miramontes Point Road (south of Highway 92) — follow the road around to the Ritz-Carlton entrance.

Greeter's Booth at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

Coastside Trail Parking
Look for the 25-space outdoor parking lot on the left side of Miramontes Road, as you're driving up to the Ritz. It's open daily, between sunrise and sunset.

NOTE: Complimentary access to these parking spaces is for Coastside Trail visitors only — and is given upon request at the Ritz Greeter's Booth (pictured above), located just before the resort's main entrance.

Public Coastal Access Parking at the Ritz Carlton Resort, Half Moon Bay, California

Public Coastal Access Parking
at Ritz-Carlton

There's also underground Public Coastal Access Parking at the Ritz-Carlton — on the second level, to the right of the resort's main entrance (prior to reaching the Half Moon Bay Golf Links).

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail by the Ritz Resort and Hotel

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View of Ritz-Carlton from Coastal Trail, Half Moon Bay, California

Coastside Trail South
Ocean Course @ Ritz-Carlton

The paved walking path winds alongside the 18th hole of the Old Course of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, behind the Ritz-Carlton resort, continuing alongside the Ocean Course — be on the lookout for stray golf balls!

Half Moon Bay Golf Links - Old Course and Ocean Course near Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

Golf Carts on Coastal Trail at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

Close-up of Bird on Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay, California

The south side of the Coastal trail is windy and hilly, so expect to get a workout. On a clear sunny day, you can see for miles — this has to be one of the most spectacular views in Half Moon Bay. 

View from Coastal Trail at Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

The walkway also allows for easy beach access — steps lead down to the beach below from the south side of the trail.

Steps leading down to the beach from the Coastside Trail, south of Ritz Carlton Resort, Half Moon Bay, California

Beach Access sign from the Coastside Trail, south of Ritz Carlton Resort, Half Moon Bay, California

Coastal Trail sign - at the southern end ofthe trail, from Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, California


Coastal Trail Extension sign - going north from the Ritz Carlton Resort in Half Moon Bay, California

Coastside Trail North
The walking path to the north of the Ritz resort is more rugged, especially the first part of the trail.

Coastal Trail North from Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, California

It's great for bird-watchers — during one of our walks, we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk.

Cyclist traveling north on the Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay, California

The unpaved trail runs seven miles (across the bluff and through the trees) and offers sweeping ocean views along the way.

Bluff-top benches are conveniently situated along the walkway north of the trail, near Poplar Beach Bluff — take a moment to sit and reflect on life while taking in the fabulous ocean and coastline views.

Take a moment to sit and reflect on life while taking in the scenic ocean views at Poplar Beach Bluff, Half Moon Bay, California


More Info (Ritz-Carlton)
650-712-7000

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