Hikes in Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
1 Jan 2012
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, CA, lies six miles north of Half Moon Bay State Beach. The reserve is popular for tidepooling - zero or minus tide is recommended. At such low tides, it is possible to hike about 2.3 miles all along the ocean from Fitzgerald Marine Reserve down to Pillar Point Air Force Station (no access), then climb up to the cliffs and return by walking for 2.7 miles along a combination of bluff trails and city streets that meander next to cliff edges. The hike may be extended to 8 miles round-trip by visiting Pillar Point Harbor.
Best Months to Visit: Any time of the year is good. Look for low tide conditions: AmericanTides (Princeton, Half Moon Bay, CA) — ProTides (Princeton, Half Moon Bay, CA).
Pillar Point Bluff: There is a bluff trail that connects Pillar Point Bluff (Yelp reviews) to the parking lot for Marine Fitzegerald Reserve. This trail is shown on the official trail map and described here: Maverick Cliffs Hike and Trail Guide.