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Short Coastal Hikes

San Mateo may just be the coast with the most this time of year. Sunny afternoons can clear the skies, sweeping ocean vistas beckon, and autumn charms like pumpkin patches abound. Here are three short hikes for soaking it all in … do one, do all, or just go for the bonus eats and drinks!

Week 10.24.2019
Regions Northern CA

Sweeping Beauty

Hike to a Bench Overlooking the Pacific on the San Mateo Coast

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If you like edgy, windswept, impossibly romantic coastal vistas, then do the short hike on Wilbur’s Watch Trail near Pescadero. The goal: Find the lone bench at the end of the continent.
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Superb in the Burbs

Hike Pillar Point Bluff on the Peninsula

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Tucked behind a suburb on the Peninsula, Pillar Point Bluff County Park is a slice of coastal paradise, with its 220 acres of ocean-bluff beauty. Hike the 1.4-mile Jean Lauer Trail loop for some sweet coastal views.
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Golden Valley

Hike the Valley View Trail at San Pedro Valley County Park in Pacific

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Crisp fall days can bring out the best in the rolling hills of Pacifica. And the Valley View Trail at San Pedro Valley County Park is particularly fetching with autumn’s warm lighting making the scenery glow on a 2-mile loop hike.
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