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Miramontes Point Trail

If you’re traveling through Half Moon Bay and want some spectacular, unobstructed ocean views, stop at Miramontes Point to stroll this mile-long trail. The route travels past and through a championship golf course, through the Ritz Carlton Hotel complex, and along ocean bluffs. Some may find the development bothersome, but it's a great spot to look for migrating...
If you’re traveling through Half Moon Bay and want some spectacular, unobstructed ocean views, stop at Miramontes Point to stroll this mile-long trail. The route travels past and through a championship golf course, through the Ritz Carlton Hotel complex, and along ocean bluffs. Some may find the development bothersome, but it's a great spot to look for migrating whales from November through March. You’ll share the trail with locals walking their dogs, hotel guests, and an occasional golf cart.

Trail/Pathway Details

Miramontes Point Trail

Trailhead: At the public parking lot on Miramontes Point Rd.

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

The curb ramps where the trail crosses the hotel service road are steep.

Terrain: Hard

Description

Several hundred feet down the trail from the parking lot, a spur trail leads left across a bridge over Cañada Verde Creek and travels for only a few hundred yards before becoming the golf cart route. From the bridge you'll have a lovely view of the ocean and, during rainy season, of a waterfall.

Back on the main trail, follow the signs for beach access and trail; other signs indicate the golf course route. After a few hundred feet you reach a platform overlooking a pristine beach, with stairs down to it. This is a lovely spot to linger. Next you’ll travel uphill; at the crest, the Ritz and some luxury homes come into view. The trail is level from here until you reach the hotel, where it passes between the bluff’s edge and the hotel.

Beyond the hotel you cross an access road and turn left, passing along the east side of some hotel buildings and bungalows. At this point the trail climbs very steeply to a wooden bridge; on the other side, it becomes inaccessible. Unless you want to see some of the hotel grounds, I recommend that you turn around before you cross the service road and retrace your route, with a stop at the Ritz to have a drink on the patio.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Several accessible spaces are in the small lot on Miramontes Point Rd. The Ritz Carlton Hotel makes parking spaces, including accessible spaces, available for Coastal Trail hikers from sunrise to sunset. At the hotel gatehouse, the greeter will give you an access code and directions to the appropriate garage. If the gatehouse is unattended or you can’t access the keypad, or if no accessible spaces are available, talk to staff at the hotel’s valet area.

Accessible Restroom: Yes

An accessible portable toilet is near the trailhead at the lot on Miramontes Point Rd.

Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, May 27, 2014

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  • hiking
  • wildlife viewing

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Address: West end of Miramontes Point Rd.
Nearest City: Half Moon Bay
Hours: Always open
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: SamTrans

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