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

hiking
10 days 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

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

17 days ago

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

hiking
20 days 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
21 days ago

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

Great hike with ocean views

Good little walk through the sand to get to the boardwalk. Views over the inlet in the bay is very beautiful.

Great easy hike with beautiful scenery!

Gorgeous trail, very easy for kids. We took our 3 year old and 18 month old and they walked the entire trail out and back. Beautiful beach at the end of the trail.

Ticks! I was on the trail for 10 min and I pass a fisherman who was carrying his dog back to his car, he said he just pulled 20 ticks off his dog. I looked down at my legs and I had about 10 on me and 20+ on my dog!

Easy trail along the Cambria coast. Great at sunset.

Nice easy trail with good views of the back bay. Lots of birds to see. Trail is well maintained, but mostly loose dirt. Definitely wear close-toed shoes.

Started from the small parking lot at the trail marked “exercise trail” it was fun but not marked well. The view from the top is amazing!

nice walk, half of it is pathed. Dog friendly.

Nice, easy, fast walking trail(s). Pick your route for how long you want to hike.

walking
1 month ago

Great, peaceful walk that can be shortened by driving to close to top. Great for showing family and friends views of Morro Bay.

Would have been nice if we didn’t get attacked and consumed by mosquitos. Tried to enjoy an early morning hike, but there was no visibility of the bay due to fog. Could have been nice, but I wouldn’t know.

This hike is logged as 2.3 miles if you take it from the campground entrance. There is another parking lot towards the top of the trail and that is why some may say it’s a quick trail.

Trail is not marked very well and a bit confusing. Going up the trail, there were other unmarked trails which we later learned were Grove Trail and Pipeline Trail. When we were going down, we ended up in the middle of the golf course because we did not go far enough. We ended up walking
along the street near the Inn at Morro Bay to get back to the parking lot just outside the entrance of the campground.

View at the top is amazing with a nice view of The Rock.

trail running
1 month ago

Wonderful hike today with four boys aged 5-13. Did three miles of bluff and ridge trails. Gorgeous scenery. Do not follow directions here. Go all the way down Windsor Ave. they have parking there. Or park of highway 1 and walk in through the Santa Rosa Creek trail (it’s only .2 miles to the views of the ocean). Great spot.

Went to visit pismo and looked up a hike to do in the morning. Beautiful views the whole time provided by the ocean, caves, and nearby million dollar houses.

2 months ago

incredible views. very cold even in July

Easy Hike. very scenic ends at the beach but tide is very strong in the water. not a swimming beach.

nature trips
2 months ago

Pristine coastline, lots of CA sea otters, level gravel trail, fresh sea air.

Beautiful scenic walk with great spots to stay and eat!

backpacking
2 months ago

Parked at the Big Falls Trail. Recommend a truck as the water crossings to get there would be too much for a sedan/ car. From the parking lot to Sulphur Pots Camp site is just over 4 miles, crossing the stream about 30 times. Your feet will get wet so take extra shoes/ socks. The trail is overgrown and we did some trimming. There is a ton of Poison Oak, but It doesn't affect me. Camp site was nice with a fire pit and picnic table (Boy Scout project). Trees worked well for hammocks. Saw 3 eagles under the tree canopy on the trail and a small bear. Great camp.

It's a nice peaceful walk around the park and preserve. Take a stroll down to the beachfront if you like. Just know you're walking through sand dunes sand so it's a little challenging, but not really

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