Coastside Trail Series-reported missing 7/07  LbNA # 12401 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateNov 27 2004
CountySan Mateo
LocationHalf Moon Bay, CA
Planted ByAnna and the kids    
Found By Rambling Rey
Last Found Apr 29 2006
Hike Distance?

Box 1 of series possibly missing!

Both boxes reported missing 7/07

Going south on Highway 1 through Half Moon Bay, just south of its intersection with Highway 92, are several turnoffs designated for coastal access-- turn west on the second one (a bit less than a mile past 92's intersection), named Poplar Street. Take this road until it ends on Bluff Top Coastal Park. Park in the no fee lot to the left. Facing the ocean,take the paved walking path to the right (going north). Enjoy the gorgeous views of the Pacific, the variety of bird life, the antics of beginning equestrians on the path next to yours...

As you walk, you will note many view benches, with very heartfelt inscriptions-- my favorite is one for Bill--"Tell me a joke or sit somewhere else." Ponder your favorite joke, then turn with your back to the ocean. At 20 degrees north, you will see a gap in the equestrian fence with a very large fallen log behind-- at the north endof the log, underneath some rocks, you will find box #1-- the Snowy Plover. NOTE-- Box 1 has been reported missing 5/2007--will check ASAP and report.

Continuing along, when you enjoy Elizabeth's favorite scenery, you will note an opening in the equestrian fence behind you. Standing in that opening, you will see a large, lone log 120 degrees SE, just across a muddy horse trail. What you seek lies under this log, below a small pile of rocks, opposite the ocean side. (reported missing 7/07)

The small beige structure just ahead houses the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center-- it has information about the local wildlife and friendly, helpful staff. There is a blue whale skull outside as well-- always interesting to the youngsters!!

Round trip about 1 1/2 miles (an estimate), flat terrain, kid, bike, dog (and horse) friendly. The Coastside Trail itself continues another couple miles up to Miramar if you care to stroll a bit further. Enjoy!!