La Cuesta Encantada, "The Enchanted Hill" high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years, transformed an informal hilltop campsite into the world-famous Hearst Castle -- a magnificent 115-room main house plus guesthouses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens. The main house itself, "La Casa Grande," is a grand setting for Hearst's collection of European antiques and art pieces. It was also a most fitting site for hosting the many influential guests who stayed at Hearst's San Simeon ranch. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of luminaries from show business and publishing industries.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Truly a beautiful part of the California coast! I've been all up and down CA, this location was truly majestic! I hiked on a Tuesday during spring break. I only saw a few folks on the trail and most went to the first point and turned around. I spent a total of 2 hours on the trail exploring with my dog, for an entire hour I didn't see anyone!
There's a fantastic little food stop by the park. They even had wine!
The beach wasn't crowded at all. A few families were set up for a beach day and that's it. Some folks were fishing off the pier and some were kayaking. I saw dolphins swimming by the point too! I highly recommend this easy trail for novice and experienced hikers for the scenery alone! Not much for a hard workout though.
I plan on returning to the area again with my kids.
What a nice trail.With the coastline on my left and coastal plains to my right this trail was outstanding! Wild sealife, tidepools, eucalyptus and pine trees make this hike a great one. The grand Pacific ocean, cloud formations above the horizon and the sunsets are breathtaking.
On the return hike, heading southeast, when returning from the open range area, when you first arrive at the Cypress Tree groves, turn left and follow the treeline, for a shortcut back to the Hearst Beach. It will save you a couple miles. You can disregard any "Private Property of Hearst Corp." signs. A local hiker told me that their club marked the "Treeline Trail" shortcut in 2014, but Hearst employees took down those markers and put up the "Private Property" signs in response. Apparently a message "you can hike the beautiful trails, but don't post any signs".
Trail was full of surprises. Every corner produced more visual beauty than the last. The trail was full of variation. Rocky sea cliffs to sandy beach to wooded groves and dense trees. It was overall a good, easy hike to enjoy God's beautiful creation on the central coast of California. We where camping at San Simeon State park which was close.
Lucy A. on San Simeon Bay Trail
One of my favorite hikes. Great views, great weather,next to the beach.
Cyndie C. on San Simeon Bay Trail
This is a gorgeous trail. If you start at the beach parking lot and find the trailhead to the right of the beach past the building structures this is a hidden gem! Around 6 miles to the tip and back. Lots of shade. Trails go through the trees which is breathtaking. If you find them there are trails off the main trail through the trees to trails along the cliff. Some of the cliff trail is really narrow kind of scared me but beautiful view. We couldn't find anyway down to the tide pools :( gorgeous trip worth the time.