Miramontes Point Coast Trail

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking


  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking


West end of Miramontes Point Rd.
San Francisco Bay Area
Always open
On leash
Last Reviewed:
May 2014
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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, past 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.

Trails and Pathways

Miramontes Point Trail
Trailhead Location:
At the public parking lot on Miramontes Point Rd.
Trail Length:
1-2 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview:

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 .5 mile high above the ocean through the golf course. 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 steeply 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 Notes: There are several very steep stretches that might be difficult without assistance. The curb ramps where the trail crosses the hotel service road are steep.


The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;

Two accessible spaces are in the small lot on Miramontes Point Rd. The Ritz Carlton Hotel makes limited parking spaces available for Coastal Trail hikers from sunrise to sunset although none are accessible. 

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – An accessible portable toilet is a few hundred feet down the trail from the parking lot on Miramontes Point Rd.

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