Jean Lauer Trail, Pillar Point Bluff Hike Information

The Jean Lauer Trail was created in memory of Jean Lauer, a former POST staffer who loved and worked on the coastside.

Watch for:

Keep an eye out for soaring pelicans, cormorants, gulls and hawks.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • No Dogs
  • No Horses
  • No Fishing
  • Biking
  • No Camping
  • Not Handicap Accessible
  • No Swimming

Hike map

Download the map here

About Jean Lauer Trail

The 1.4-mile Jean Lauer Trail overlooks a seasonal wetland as well as coastal waters protected by the San Mateo County Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The bluff is popular with local hikers, joggers and dog-walkers. This out-and-back trail is an easy hike with low grades and beautiful views.

Directions to the Jean Lauer Trail, Pillar Point Bluff Hike

From Half Moon Bay, go north on Highway 1 for six miles. After passing the Half Moon Airport and Cabrillo Farms, turn left onto Cypress Avenue. After .3 miles, turn left onto Airport Street and continue for 0.9 miles. A parking lot and Jean Lauer Trail staging area will be on your right.

More about the Jean Lauer Trail

POST acquired this 119-acre windswept lookout in August 2004 to protect it from commercial development. With funding from the California Coastal Conservancy, POST created a segment of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail. On August 9, 2011, POST transferred the Pillar Point Bluff property to San Mateo County Parks for inclusion in the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.

About the hike

The 1.4 mile Jean Lauer Trail is along the heights of Pillar Point Bluff. The overlooks a seasonal wetland as well as coastal waters protected by the San Mateo County Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The trail connects from the Pillar Point Bluff parking lot to Bernal Ave, and is highly accessible to all with a 5% grade, dirt-packed trail. The bluff is popular with local hikers, joggers and dog-walkers. If you’re interested in birding, there are perfect vistas for sighting birds off the coast, so bring your binoculars! You can also spot Half Moon Bay Harbor, agricultural lands and the famous Mavericks surf break, due west.

 

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