Johnston Ranch Trail Hike Information

Johnston Ranch is a bountiful mix of coastal hills, grassland and fertile soils farmed for more than 150 years.

Watch for:

Picnic tables next to the house and by the parking lot, with views of farm fields and surrounding hills.


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

Directions to the Johnston Ranch Trail Hike

From I-280 take Highway 92 west to Half Moon Bay. Turn left on Main Street. At Higgins Canyon Road (also known as Higgins Purisima), turn left and proceed .25 mile to the parking lot on the right.

About the Johnston Ranch Property

Acquired by POST in two phases in 1999 and 2001, the ranch was originally slated for a golf course and high-end condominiums. The historic James Johnston House lies on a 20-acre inholding owned by the city of Half Moon Bay. The gleaming white “saltbox” house was built in 1855 and rebuilt, board by board, by community volunteers in 1998. Currently being refurbished, it’s a rare example of New England-style architecture on the West Coast.

While on your there, please note that the surrounding POST-owned land is leased to a farmer and is not open to the public.

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