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The Cowell-Purisima Trail lies just south of Half Moon Bay. It is a part of the California Coastal Trail which will one day span the entire length of the state. It is, by far, one of our staff’s most cherished trails. The views of the Pacific, pastoral setting and gentle grade make this arguably one of the most enjoyable trail experiences on the California coast.
Keep your eyes open for harbor seals, pelicans, hawks and wildflowers along the way.
The Cowell Ranch, once owned by the Cowell Family, was put on the market in 1985 to raise funds for the Cowell Family Foundation. Developers were eager to acquire it, but POST stepped up and protected this land in 1988. Since that time, POST has partnered with the California State Coastal Conservancy, landowners, farmers and others to build this trail. Today, the trail and spectacular beaches are part of the California State Parks system for all to enjoy.