We'll enjoy stunning vistas of the Pacific as we ramble south from San Francisco along 30 moderately hilly miles. We've carefully ridden and planned out the route to take us off highway and onto relaxing, scenic biways.
Our route will take us for a relaxing oceanside ride along Ocean Beach through to Daly City where we'll climb up and descend through to lovely Pacifica. The town of Pacifica makes for a nice lunch stop before we do a bit of a climb along a rather narrow shouldered stretch of the Cabrillo Hwy. Don't fret--it's a pretty short leg, about half a mile and 5-10 minutes of riding in all, and in our big pack we'll be extra safe.
We'll soon approach the stunning car-free Devils Slide bike throughway (and alternatively the wide bike lane of the new Cabrillo Highway tunnel). This makes what was once an extended, harrowing ride, safe and comfortable. Then it's pretty much smooth sailing to camp, as we follow off-highway scenic bike trails and less-traveled roadways along the bay. We'll arrive directly at the campsite along the coastal bike trail.
We'll be camping at Half Moon Bay State Beach in the bike-in area on the north side of the campsite. As you can see from the pictures below, the site consists of an open grassy area with a few cypress trees, picnic tables, and fire pits with grills. It's a park frequented by long distance bike tourists doing the Pacific Coast route, so we're likely to encounter some fellow travelers on their journey south.
What makes the site special is it's supremely close to the beach, about 50 yards away from where we'll camp beyond the dunes. You can hear the tranquil crash of the waves as you drift to bed and wake up in the morning. It's a pretty special and beautiful place. There's also a nice bathroom facility with showers right close by.
Alternative Route Home
Want to break off for a challenging and varied return journey? Try this route along Tunitas Creek Rd.