Coastal Redwoods Heritage Grove
Be careful what you wish for! In the two years since we’ve launched Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours, with tours featuring Half Moon Bay, Princeton Harbor and the San Mateo coastline, the popularity of this area has skyrocketed. We won’t claim responsibility - it’s a combination of increased local marketing, international attention focused on the big wave surf invitational at Mavericks, and the national fame gained by Sams Chowder House (its lobster roll voted one of the top 5 sandwiches in the country by the Today show.)
We love the fame and attention but the crowds and traffic can be a little crazy. That’s why my personal favorite among our tours is the remote San Mateo coastline, the tiny town of Pescadero, and the San Mateo County redwoods.
Many of our clients come down to Half Moon Bay after visiting San Francisco. I recommend they skip the side trip to Muir Woods and walk with us in the woods. The San Mateo County network of county parks boast some of the most stunning redwood stands in California but with just a fraction of the visitors who go to Muir Woods. Our tour guides’ favorite is a heritage grove nestled between the town of Pescadero and Skyline Boulevard in the Sam McDonald County Park.
Our guests can experience the awesome cathedral of redwoods in a pre-20th century environment. In fact, some of the virgin stand of redwoods date back more than 1,000 years. We’re often the only ones in the woods. I love this walk - which is just under 2 miles and an easy hike. I’ve walked the path with the guests of all physical abilities, and it take my breath away every time - not from the physical exertion but from the immensity of the trees and the peace and quiet of the surroundings.