Cowell-Purisima Trail

Friday, February 26, 2021

Through a ten-year management agreement between San Mateo County Parks, California Coastal Conservancy and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), the popular Cowell-Purisima Trail will now be open seven days a week. 

Per that agreement, the 3.6-mile coastal trail, which POST purchased and permanently protected from commercial development, is now managed and maintained by San Mateo County Parks. As part of the California Coastal trail, Cowell-Purisima Trail winds along the ocean bluffs just south of Half Moon Bay and Cowell Ranch State Beach

“San Mateo County Parks is pleased to open the Cowell-Purisima Trail to visitors seven days a week at a time when it is so clearly needed,” stated Nicholas Calderon, director of San Mateo County Parks. “This past year has demonstrated that safe and consistent access to outdoor spaces and experiences in nature are essential both for our physical and mental well-being. Through our partnership with POST, San Mateo County will provide what visitors seek most: access to some of the most beautiful bluffs and views in California and a stroll along a trail rich with history.” 

“Enabling public access to this stunning coastal landscape is a key part of what drove POST to protect this land more than 30 years ago,” said Daniel Olstein, POST’s director of land stewardship. “We appreciate that with everything going on today, our partner San Mateo County Parks is able to take this on to ensure that the public has safe, environmentally responsible access to this unique coastline.”