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walking
12 days ago

Go on a clear day. Literally a 360 view.

walking
19 days ago

Easy, beautiful, a nice relaxing stroll over a boardwalk that leads to the ocean just south of the Oceano Dunes recreation area. Vehicles aren’t allowed this far down on the beach. There’s a small creek that flows into the ocean so be prepared to get wet if you’d like to cross it and continue south on the beach.

There is a day use fee if you park in the parking lot. There is also parking along the road outside. Bathrooms were kind of gross.

Several environments in one easy trail. Enjoyed it a lot. No water or facilities that I saw.

hiking
28 days ago

easy hiking, great for kids, accessible. a couple points to go down to tidepools.

hiking
1 month ago

fantastic trail easy for the whole family and features fantastic views. Be sure to visit the tide pools along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a good hike, with an AMAZING view!

Beautiful views!

This is an urban hike, with surf contests, water treatment plants, parking lots, etc but also with beach, shorebirds, Morro Rock. It’s nice if that’s what you’re looking for.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walking but so many spectacular views. Access to tide pools too.

fun trail to do. Parking is very tiny only like 4 spots and one handicap spot. The hike is very nice. You can see the ocean and fields. The incline is a little hard but I did it just fine it's probably about 200 yards or less. I would recommend it to active adults and kids 5+. will do again

hiking
1 month ago

The hike has a total of 14 river crossing to just get to the trail head. We took a non 4 wheel drive vehicle and made it. You do have to take the river crossing super slow otherwise the water will splash on the battery and you’ll have to wait to let it dry before your car will start (Found out the hard way). We only hiked to the big falls and then turned around. GPS was a little off and it is closer to 3.6 miles for the entire hike. This time of year the hike had no water from the falls but the river had a little bit of water. Overall great hike if you’re willing to drive through the crossings.

1 month ago

Was very beautiful, I’m so glad I went. Very flat ground but very far to walk !

walking
1 month ago

There was more wildlife in one area than I had ever experienced!

We walked from the north end of Pismo Beach to the dunes south of the Monarch preserve for a total of 6.2 miles round trip. The beach wasn’t crowded and it’s beautiful—cliffs, rocks, a few tide pool areas, surfers, waves, birds and dunes. Just skip the trek into Pismo and stay on the beach. It’s really a beautiful beach area.

This is a pretty nice trail. It could use a bit of maintenance and the outhouse near the end tends to be dirty so go to the bathroom before you go. The views at the end are so worth it and the beach won’t have a lot of people. It’s an easy enough walk to be able to bring a cooler and lunch.

Trail is only open Thursday thru Monday and has gated access.

Great for kids and dogs. Awesome views!

hiking
2 months ago

Park in small lot adjacent to trailhead. This is an easy to moderate hike depending on trails you follow. You can make as difficult as you want by going uphill faster or slower, a lot of it is through sand trail. I started at 4 and it was warm but there was a breeze which kept it cool. Bugs can be a problem, suggest repellent.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Great trails for all ages!

Gorgeous and quick! Must do trail

Park in small lot at end of Cave Landing Road. This is an easy hike which you can make as difficult as you want by going uphill from Pirates Cove. Tide was high so I did not go down onto beach. People were camping inside the cave which is not legal but they did not bother me. There was no wind so it was going to get how there in afternoon. This is a great hike to start out your day.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

Great views of the Central coast, but limited parking at the North end trail head.

hiking
3 months ago

The Bluff Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Pacific Ocean. This hike of the Bluff Trail is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot, it was foggy on this particular day. This trail has both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail. Rattlesnakes are very common here.
I actually was on three different trails, I started on the Bluff trail at the southern end, then switched to the Badger Trail to go inland for awhile. Then, I switched to the Rattlesnake Flats trail to head towards my car.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

The Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Morro Bay Estuary. If you have people visiting and you want them to go on a very easy hike, this is it. This hike of of the Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little bird life as compared to winter. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits so hawks can always be present.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

walking
3 months ago

Love this spot. Always a pit stop of our drives up North along the coast.

3 months ago

easy hike, good views, great temperature, too manny people.

hiking
3 months ago

I drove to to top past the golf coarse and the hiked the rest. it goes up in the clouds abd is much better on a clear day.

A nice easy boardwalk trail with scenic view points of Morro Rock and estuary.

A nice easy little boardwalk trail. Easy for non-walkers. Loved the variety of plants and scenic view points.

trail running
3 months ago

Part dirt trail, part boardwalk along the beach. Beautiful and scenic! Some homeless folks here and there.

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