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This trail is straight up. Bring water because you’re in the sun most of the time. My Garmin watch clocked the mileage at 6.6 miles not 5.9.

1 day ago

first of all, this trail is very sandy. It felt like I was walking on the beach because of all the sand. This trail is very easy and anyone can do it. once you get started, you can easily forget that you're still next to civilization. I didn't really see any wildlife except some birds and lizards. I felt like I was walking in a desert with twigs. it was a good mix from walking other trails near the beach.

Nice hike, a little Smokey from a controlled burn nearby but a beautiful day. Great views of Half Dome, the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Indian rock was worth the short hike and also had some nice views from the arch. The hike is moderate to hard for beginners and very easy for the young lady that jogged by us not once, but three times while on the trail, amazingly fit...

5 days ago

Such a good hike, with an AMAZING view!

This is a long, relatively easy in / harder out hike all on a paved road. It is an, exposed trail with breathtaking panoramic views, but no protection from sun, so take plenty of water, snacks and pick a time to go when weather is cool; most likely early mornings or from Oct thru April. My lab loves these kind of leisurely long hikes and I always make her carry her own pack filled just with water! If you feel you've worked up a big enough appetite, the original famous Hitching Post Steak House in Casmalia isn't very far away!

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.

The Monarchs were starting to arrive when we visited but this is a beautiful place to walk through trees, sand dunes, and the beach. Loved watching the Monarchs. Don’t miss this if you are around during Monarch season—Late October until February or so.

really peaceful and great feeling of nature just outside the city

Hiked along side the beach and then uphill on the dunes which took it out of us. We decided to skip shoes since we were on sand but would advise bringing some just in case because the ground can get rough. For ya it wasn’t too cold but the wind did pick up near the end and it would have liked a light jacket.

Great trail, can connect to the fire road overlook trail which ends at a radio tower directly above/across from the tunnel. To connect you have to find a small path that goes downhill north from the second set of caves. You'll drop into a live oak grove that connects to the fire road.

Bring at least a liter of water per person! This is not an easy hike and it took us about 5 hours to complete including a lunch break. Crossed paths with many hikers who either didn’t have water or brought a single 500 ml bottle.

The first 2/3 of the hike is through a nice shady woodland, but the real payoff is emerging from the woods and seeing the Valley below you. I did lose the trail at one point trying to get to the Dome, but retrace your steps to the sign and there will be a few switchbacks along the rock wall that get you down to the path that leads to North Dome. The views are mesmerizing from North Dome—bring lunch and plan for at least 30 minutes there.

Getting to the initial dome is a breeze with some minor switchbacks. The end of the hike is what makes this a bit strenuous, there’s some rock scrambling and the path isn’t totally clear, it’s worth the extra effort past the initial dome. The way back uphill is tedious but once you’re past that, you can easily run downhill. Would love to go back to camp at the dome itself, highly recommend!

It’s not a hike, just a beach walk. And very dependent on tide.

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.

This was our best hike in Yosemite, for the non climbers it’s as rewarding as it gets.

For people leaving reviews saying it is very easy, I am guessing they are either extremely fit or didn’t do the whole trail. Many people we saw on the way in stopped at the initial dome/clearing and went back. It is not extremely clear and no sign denotes north dome that I saw, but make sure to keep going to the actual end dome.

It is deceptive after you get to the initial dome, from there you need to hike down to a little valley, and then ultimately go up again to get to the actual north dome. Going back up is what made the hike somewhat hard and definitely not a stroll in the park like some people have posted. Again if you just did the initial dome, yes it is easy.

Beautiful trail! Harder than I had thought: better to bring plenty of water and a hat (shade is rare privilege over here). But you do get a wonderful view of the ocean once you reach the top!
Did it in four hours and I took my time.

On a very busy Saturday this was still very quiet - and amazing views from North Dome. As others suggested, definitely worth going up to the arch. Limited parking at 10:45

I loved this hike because there were no people! It took me four hours round trip from porcupine creek parking lot and I saw maybe 5 people at some point. Great views. I was exhausted at the end but this is not a hard hike. Went on 10/1/18.

I hiked this back in late 2012 in a large group. Short but steep, so it’ll get your heart rate up. Beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. There is camping on the state beach below. Not sure if dogs are allowed on this trail but they are not allowed on the beach. Very windy, obviously, so dress in layers. The caves are really cool, but unfortunately there is a lot of graffiti.

1 month ago

Follow the signs for the Phillips Petroleum. When you get to the entrance veir oo to the right and follow the single lane road across the RR tracks.

Found out why it's called the Sand trail. it's very soft sand. My stock Sahara didn't have the right tires for it once I was deep into the trail. I was barely able to turn around and get out.

1 month ago

Views of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and the valley are spectacular on top of North Dome. Long ways in getting there though, dry and dusty terrain, some long stretches without cover.

Pretty quick hike up to the caves with lovely views. Not super strenuous but a decent work out.

I didn’t think I could make it all the way, but I did and the view was amazing!

Lots of little beauty to behold if you take your time to look around and witness it. Nice easy trail perfect for a pleasure stroll with family, friends, or solo.

Best view when arriving the North Dome. Definitely worth it!

Excelente ruta para dejar el estrés

2 months ago

smooth incline and beautiful view of orcutt.

Hiked out to North Dome and spent the night on the saddle between North Dome and Indian Ridge. The hike out is fairly easy with a little bit of technically route finding on the last mile if you veer off trail and walk straight down Indian Ridge. There was a very small water source about 2 miles into the hike and that was it. Quiet gorgeous night with an amazing full moon rise right over Half Dome. The hike out the next day was intense for the first mile because we had to get back up to the top of Indian Ridge, a 700+ feet elevation gain. The rest of the trip was easy but the last mile to the car felt like forever.

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.

Lovely ♥️♥️ Miguel y yo

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