Half Moon Bay is a popular destination for cyclists, with a range of bike rides to suit all levels of experience. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride along the coast or a challenging climb through the forest, Half Moon Bay has something for everyone.
Here is an overview of some of the best bike rides in Half Moon Bay:
Half Moon Bay State Beach
95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 650) 726-8819
This 6-mile trail offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and is perfect for beginner and intermediate riders. The trail is mostly flat with a few gentle slopes, making it an enjoyable ride for all. The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the four Half Moon Bay area beaches providing close to three miles of multi-use trails to walk, jog or ride bikes. The trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor.
This 8-mile ride takes you through a forest of towering redwoods and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The ride is mostly flat, but there are a few steep inclines and declines that will challenge intermediate riders.
Half Moon Bay to Pescadero:
This 26-mile ride takes you through rolling hills and scenic countryside, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The ride is best suited for intermediate to experienced riders who are comfortable with hills and windy roads.
Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 949-5500
This 12-mile ride takes you through a lush forest of towering redwoods, with challenging climbs and rewarding descents. The ride is best suited for intermediate to experienced riders.
The 3,120-acre preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The preserve was established with a gift of $2 million from the Save-the-Redwoods League.
The centerpiece of the Preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, creek, ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub, tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the canyon. The coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.
This 28-mile loop takes you through the scenic countryside of Half Moon Bay, with challenging climbs and breathtaking views of the coast. The ride is best suited for experienced riders who are comfortable with steep climbs and descents.