Free Guided Hike of Pillar Point Bluff Saturday

Docents and park rangers will lead hikers along the scenic bluff, mentioning its history and pointing out plants and wildlife, on this free hike.


Are you looking for a way to squeeze the last bit out of summer you can, in the beautiful outdoors this weekend?

San Mateo County says - take a hike.

This Saturday at 9 a.m., park rangers and trained docents will lead a free hike along scenic Pillar Point Bluff to explore the area’s rich history and to view plants and wildlife.

It's a great chance to get in some exercise while taking in breathtaking views at the same time - and, not to mention, Half Moon Bay on average is a good 10-20 degrees cooler than this side of Highway 92, so it's a great way to beat a bit of the heat, as well.

The hike will start from the parking lot at 9 a.m. Hikers should come prepared by dressing in layers. It is recommended that everyone bring a refillable water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

The hike is part of “Take A Hike” — a series of monthly, guided hikes that encourages residents to get outdoors and enjoy San Mateo County’s parks and beauty.

Pillar Point Bluff near Moss Beach offers hikers, joggers and dog-walkers a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean. Now part of the James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, the top of the bluff includes a section of the California Coastal Trail and offers views of the James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and other landmarks.

Early in the walk, visitors will get the chance to see fennel, sea fig, coyote brush and lizardtail. Hikers may see soaring pelicans, cormorants and gulls.

This is the only location on the Take A Hike schedule that allows dogs. Dogs are required to be on-leash at all times and must remain on the trail. Dogs are not allowed on the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve beaches.

Directions: From Half Moon Bay, go north on Highway 1 for six miles. After passing the Half Moon Airport and Cabrillo Farms, turn left onto Cypress Avenue. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto Airport Street and continue for 0.9 miles. A parking lot and Jean Lauer Trail staging area will be on the right.

For more information, follow Take A Hike on Facebook or call 650-599-1009.


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