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About Pillar Point Bluff Park in Moss Beach, California

Pillar Point Bluff Park gives visitors several trails to hike that lead to incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from high on the bluff north of Ross Cove Beach. If you are in area around Half Moon Bay, Montara, or Moss Beach, then you should check this park out. It has an ADA accessible dirt trail known as the Jean Lauer Trail, and more trails including Frenchman’s Reef Trail, Ross’ Cove Trail, and the Pillar Point Bluff Trail.

To find the main parking lot drive to the Princeton-by-the-Sea and turn north on Airport Road. You’ll find the lot just north of the last big building. A alternate (small) parking area can be found at the intersection of Alvarado Ave & Bernal Ave in Moss Beach or you could start from Ross Cove Beach.

The hours of the main parking lot vary throughout the year but are generally 8 a.m. to sunset. If you think you might not return before the gate gets locked (hours will be signed), then park along the shoulder on the opposite side of Airport Road near the gate. The parking lot is small and might be full anyway which forces you to park along the road.

Note that severe erosion has been consuming parts of the bluff trail so portions might be closed or being re-routed. If you see cracks in the bluff, stay back as slides do occur. Ross Cove Beach is a hidden gem that is worth the extra time to visit.

840 Airport St
Moss Beach, CA 94038
(650) 355-8289
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Moss Beach, US
7:49 pm, May 19, 2024
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