Cowell Ranch Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA. Hidden beaches - The San Mateo County stretch of Highway 1 is its most underrated. Unjustly. North of Pescadero, you’ll find magical pocket beaches: Pomponio, San Gregorio, and—most secluded of all—Cowell Ranch State Beach. A half-mile walk leads to the stairway down to the deserted sands; for a longer hike, turn south onto the Cowell-Purisima Trail, a 3-mile path tracing the cliffs. 3 mi. south of Hwy. 1 and State 92
Devil’s Slide Coast is an 8,900-acre network of publicly accessible lands located between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. Explore diverse landscapes including dramatic ridgelines, bluffs, beaches, tidepools, historic sites and crucial ocean habitats.