This off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 miles of beach open for vehicle use and the sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States. Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach. Surfing, swimming, surf fishing, horseback riding and bird watching are popular activities.
Christin G. on Oso Flaco Lake Trail
Nice gentle hike down the boardwalk but keep in mind there's a ranger station on your right and a $5.00 fee to park at the trailhead. You can avoid the parking fee by parallel parking on the road just outside of the trailhead parking lot. Also, it was very cold/windy so bring a jacket just in case. Have fun!
Nice easy hike / walk. Beautiful trees cover the beginning of the trail and then you make a left on to an expansion bridge and walk across the water. We spent some time there bird watching. Next you are met by a wooden foot path through the sand dunes where it was very peaceful and serene. There is a bathroom there to!! Then on to the beach where you can see for miles at the look out at the end of the boardwalk.
The trail was way to short in my opinion. Took my girlfriend and I less than an hour to reach the beach. The good thing about this trail is the HUGE lake right in the start and the many picnic tables. The bad thing is that it's too short. I've seen toddlers walk the trail with no problems so anyone can do it even 70+
Easy Hike (walk) - it's really a spot for people who love birds is what I found out. From what I understand if you know what your looking for you might find a rare bird.
Bring water because it gets warm on some days.
It's worth checking out I also enjoyed sitting on the beach with ZERO people around.