San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve which were established in 1990.

Great views of wildlife

Catherine is correct - go to the parking lot just north of the main one. The trail is easy, with the exception of a wooden bridge over a ravine. Shouldn't be an issue unless you are over 60 and have balance issues. We hiked this in mid-August and it was nearly deserted. Great views of pristine coastlines and beaches, as well as the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Basically flat - little to no elevation on this trail, but surface is uneven. This hike is well worth it!

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1 year ago

Midway on this trail there is a parking lot along Hwy 1 where all the buses stop for tourists to view the elephant seals. Go to the next parking lot just north of here and follow the trail north towards Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Here the bluffs are nearly deserted except for the hords of elephants seals on the shoreline. The spring flowers were amazing in 2013, but a return trip in fall of 2014 found the vegetation severely affected buy the drought.