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Lodging for San Francisco to Half Moon Bay

Hi everyone, I'm walking SF to Half Moon Bay May 13-16th. I'm wondering if anyone can share experiences regarding reserving hotels vs. booking when you arrive. I like the idea of a little bit of flexibility in the trip by booking a room wherever we happen to be and what suits us when we arrive. But, I wonder if these hotels/inns might be fully booked during this season. Does anyone have any insights before I start calling hotels? Thanks!!

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Greetings Lydia!

Thank you for your post! We are planning to hike this Mid October.  So you didn't have an issue with the Devils Slide area? 

Hey JAM! I'm so jealous. I wish I was doing this hike again in October!

We skirted Devil's Slide - took the Old San Pedro Mtn Road per the book. I'm sure Devil's Slide would be beautiful, but I really loved the path we took. That was one of my favorite parts of the hike (it's all awesome). It was a shady forest trail - a nice change from the beachy cliffs.

Let me know if you end up doing Devil's Slide and how you like it. I may do that next time :)

Thank you for your reply Lydia!  I am a forest girl so we will take that path. It sounds delightful from my research. Reviewing the book and am getting more excited.  I just booked airfare and looking at lodging now. I don't think that time of year will be real populated that we have to book ahead. Hoping to find place close to the trail for arrival day. Is the trail well marked?


I also stayed at Park Motel, but caught #30 bus to end next morning, then did short walk down hill (Pt Lobos Ave) to Louis Cafe for a basic breakfast & first view of ocean. The one place I'd make a reservation for is the Montara Lighthouse hostile. Outstanding setting and only $70+ per night. I'd also suggest you line up the other nights remembering you are walking. If you arrive at first place w/o reservation then you'll need to walk to next, which can seem like a drag after u have been already been walking 6+ hours. This is especially true of first long day (12 to 14 miles, as I recall). See my other posts on walk, which I did a couple of years ago.

Hello! I am trying to map the route from Pacifica to Montara, and having a really hard time understanding the Old San Pedro Road "out to highway one" part of the route. No matter what I do I come up with close to 10.5 miles vs 7.8 and I don't see any point where Old San Pedro turns toward the Coast.

We are staying at the Ocean View Inn in Montara as the Hostel is being really unresponsive.

Thank you so much for your help! 

All I can say is ‘yes’ getting to the trail to hike the mountain is a bit confusing but you will find it! When you hike the San Pedro Mt the trail ends on the sandy beach in Montara! Beautiful! Loved the Mountain hike! Enjoy! 

Looking at the map, OSPM doesn't turn toward the water at all and terminates in the north east of Montara. Maybe it's named differently when it turns?

Looking at the map, OSPM doesn't turn toward the water at all and terminates in the north east of Montara. Maybe it's named differently when it turns?


When I did the walk, I skipped the Old San Pedro Rd route. Instead, I walked to Devils Slide Trail, then crossed the road to Gray Whale Cove Trail (look for trailhead parking lot), which runs along the ocean side of hills above Hiway 1 and comes out at north end of Montara State Beach. Both Devils Slide Trail and Gray Whale Cove Trail are wonderful, up high walking trails overlooking the ocean. I've gone back with friends several times just to walk the Gray Whale Cove trail; a well marked and spectacular ocean view trail, There is one big concern in getting to the north end of Devils Slide Trail from south end of Pacifica and that is walking about a half mile on shoulder of a narrow section of Hiway 1. I did it but wouldn't do it again. (I walked half of it then climbed hill to connect with a trail that lead to Devils Slide parking lot.). Alternatively, you could take the #17 bus (1215 Linda Mar Shopping Center) to next stop, which is south end of Devils Slide. This SF to Half-Moon Bay walk is one of my all time favorites. Have a grand walk.

Thank you, excellent suggestion for the bus too. There will be six of us and I am just not comfortable scurrying that many people down one. 

Jam - hopefully you see this message. I can't reply directly to your post for some reason. The road/trail is easy to get to following the book. The only hesitation we had was when we got to the top - the trail diverges into many side trails where people were on bikes and horses. If you keep heading to the left you will be on the right track. If you need to ask anyone, just tell them you are trying to get to Montara. We went off in the wrong direction for a short distance until some locals pointed us toward Montara. It's hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed this day of the trip.

I assumed you were asking whether the trail was well marked at the San Pedro Mtn Road and that's what I was speaking to in the previous paragraph. But now I'm wondering, were you meaning for the entirety of the walkabout? If so, following the book it is quite easy. We only ever backtracked once or twice. I'm not great at map reading and directional sense but even I found it all to be pretty straightforward. I used google maps on my phone a little bit and asked locals to confirm where we were a couple times.

As for lodging at the start, we flew in the night before and stayed at the Geary Parkway Motel which is a mile or two from the beginning of the trail. We walked from there but next time I would bus or uber to the trail to get into it early.

Thank you for the info   I was questioning whether the trail is marked  with arrows or signs. But we will just ask if we are headed to the next destination. It's always a bit confusing when researching.  Need to book our lodging now!


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