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San Simeon Map

Great trails for all ages!

Easy trail with great rewards. From the San Simeon pier, walk a 1/4 mile on the beach northward till a wide dirt trail ascends on the right. This is the main trail. Good views of the ocean until you turn away from the bay. You enter into a beautiful forest of cypress trees. Unfortunately the trees will block out your view for the next mile. There are some tree gaps or tunnels through the trees to a smaller rim trail the gives great views of the ocean. Unfortunately some of the trails are unstable and dangerous. Caution should be used. Past the cypress trees a narrow trails goes to the furthest spot with great ocean views. The wind can be brisk and cool even on a sunny day. Access to any of these remote beaches from the cliffs is not easy and should only be attempted by the most agile.

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

trail running
16 days ago

Magical spot and heck of a climb. Yearning to go back and go farther.

19 days ago

Do this trail in the springtime and you will not be disappointed! Beautiful plants, flowers, animals, and views.

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

Beautiful views; slippery and dusty trail that is very steep - good shoes a must!

expectacular hike. great sources of water for backpacking. beautiful views. trail is very clean with poison oak. a little narrow close to strella campsite but not too bad.

Easy trail along the Cambria coast. Great at sunset.

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

trail running
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Fun hike, can find some solitude if timed right. Please note, a good number of the photos uploaded here are not even of this trail, but Montana de Oro, top of Hwy 46, etc. Beautiful nonetheless.

Stunning views and an easy hike around the bay. Sunshine draped the coastline. Though we were cautious about ticks, we found none.

Beautiful scenic walk with great spots to stay and eat!

Perfect hike for what we wanted. Flat, absolutely stunning scenery, wildlife abounds, awesome photo opportunities, so don’t forget the camera! We’ll be back with the kayaks next time.

Really beautiful and great for all levels- my inlaws stayed on top on the easy path and is kids went down the cliffs onto the private beaches. Beautiful beautiful!

Beautiful views, and pathways. The trails that are off the main trail are the best. Being able to climb down the cliffs and go right up to the water was spectacular!

3 months ago

Easy trail with beautiful views !

Easy and such beautiful views!!!! Loved it

3 months ago

The ticks where bad. Other than that great little hike.

Easy hike. Very pretty wild flowers

on West Ranch Bluff Trail

4 months ago

Great views, awesome benches along the way, flowers, seals...makes it easy to walk and not think about the actual walk itself not

4 months ago

Great views!
Definite downer was my husband and brother-in-law finding 2 ticks each on their legs; even though they were wearing long pants.

Stunningly beautiful views from this trail. Moderate effort.

4 months ago

Great walk with scenic beach views!

4 months ago

Amazing trail. The views are outstanding, and seeing the elephant seals in the culmination of the trail was a nice bonus.

The beginning is somewhat tricky to find. If you walk towards the end of the beach, you will see a trail on the right leading up the hill. Head up there and walk along the fence and you will get to the main trail.


Super easy walk with lots of spots to walk down the beach. Beautiful scenery.

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