hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Nice trail, connects to franklin point trail. There are seals in the tidepools!

hiking
3 months ago

The trial is gueded and reservation is required. It's unique and very interesting to watch these amazing animals just less then 20 feed range. Kids loved it. Suggesting to be there when it's chilly, the elephants are very active in cold conditions and watching them is spectacular.

Beautiful views of the rocky coast, secluded coves and a surprise at the end —Franklin Point’s long white sand beach, with the lighthouse in the distance. An easy hour walk with time to relax at the beach. Enjoy! Beware: This trail is well maintained but filled with poison oak (which is just red tipped sticks in the winter). Stay on the trail.

hiking
muddy
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

was a beautiful trail would have been nice if the lady at the gate would have told me that all the trails were closed pastacertain point. she told me you had to pay to go on a tour of the elephant seals which I did not care about but you did not mention that all the other trails were closed so only got about a quarter of it done.

11.24.19. We paid the $10, got a permit and headed out to see the seals. We could hear them long before we could see them. it was great to watch a couple on the surf, and about 40-50 on the beach. It's almost time for the whole colony to arrive, but we still enjoyed the few that were there. the sand dunes did make the walk a little more tiring than I thought

Good trail did with 2 year old

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy trail and the seals are great. Get ready for the sand dunes as you get closer to them. Lots of people even in the “off season”.

hiking
bugs
no shade
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Not many wildflowers. Lots of ticks, so watch out (right on the trail). Got a great view of the female and juvenile elephant seals on the beaches, with docents there to help. No reservations needed this time of year

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

Beautiful ocean views. Nice & relaxing. Take your time. A lot of ticks near bushes/trail u can see them on the stems. Don’t get to close u should be fine. Some of the trails closed due to seals being on the paths. They do open up trails once they see seals have moved. Which is nice. Nice views of elephant seals & molting females.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

We loved this trail. We hiked from the barn/information center on a very well maintained compacted sand trail with magnificent views of the cliffs and Pacific Ocean. A the Ranger's station about half way out (1 mile or so) a huge storm loomed off shore, we paused briefly and marched on. We were rewarded at the beach heads with about one hundred elephant seals resting, sunning, fighting and generally enjoying the day while they molted their winter coat. It was a bit wet on the dune portion of the trail because of big rainstorms the day before. But otherwise, this is a highly recommend!

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Beautiful plants and scenery! Toward the north point it gets to be quite sandy.

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

The trail was well maintained, wide, and flat until you get to the sand part (about a mile I’d guess). This could be a great hike for those with limited mobility, in a chair, with walker or crutches. While not a long hike, the entire thing offers beautiful views of the ocean, great birdwatching, and during certain seasons, a chance to see elephant seals! A couple warnings: during the Elephant Seal mating season (January? To mid March), most of the trail is only accessible by guided tour. The tour is very informative but slowly paced— about three hours to cover two miles. Also, the sides of the trail have a lot of poison oak, so if you have a child who has a hard time not picking up sticks or who likes to walk on the fringes of the trail, you’ll want to consider if this trail is worth the risk.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Loved this! It was short and sweet and we had 4 kids (6-10) and they thoroughly enjoyed this! It was wet and muddy in places so we did leave with wet feet but it was a blast trying to avoid the mud and cross some streams as well as climb rocks, look for beach glass and sea shells. We did see a couple elephant seals! The holey rocks (made by Piddock clams) were so cool to see! Plus the views!

Very friendly volunteers who provide info on the sea elephants! Nice views

hiking
Sun Nov 25 2018

We visited in July. It was an easy hike until the sand portion. I wasn’t prepared to walk in sand and didn’t wear appropriate shoes. It was hot and the sand was difficult to walk in. It was worth it when we were able to see and hear the elephant seals! It was near to learn about the house on the island, too!

Beautiful views

Scenery: 2 Views: 3.5 Difficulty: 2 Crowds: 2 Shade: 1 My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above: 5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP 4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park 4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail 5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park 5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park 4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park 4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail 5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak 4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

Large, sandy beach with tide pools and a bench you can walk to that has a nice platform and views of seals. Part of the hike in has a boardwalk which makes it an easy walk.

walking
Sun Jul 22 2018

So beautiful. The docents are very nice and helpful. The elephant seals were fun snd we even saw whales the day we went. The trails are very well laid out. Just a joy.

scenic driving
Fri Mar 30 2018

I nice stretch of the legs after driving North on PCH from Monterey. This stretch of PCH has some great sea cliff overlooks. Excellent Road Trip.

hiking
Tue Mar 13 2018

Really cool hike Dec-March you can’t do the whole hike unless you do the tour as it’s National season and males are aggressive. There are limited spots. I almost didn’t go but it was awesome! $7 for the tour and $10 for parking

Amazing place. Gorgeous trail and views. If you go during Dec-March you will also enjoy views of elephant seals. Remarkable animals. Trail is easy, with some walks on sand dunes. My 6 year old had no issues

hiking
Wed Feb 14 2018

I did not start at the trail's head, but from a pulloff at Ross Road...I hiked around here solo for about 4 hours, and saw not one person...it was truly amazing...Bull male elephant seal was bobbing around at one point and making lots of noise..saw many hawks and harbor seals too...I love the wooded walkway at the end of the dune area, it feels nice to lay there at the end and relax and have lunch...beautiful place...good seaglass too by the way...found a stopper and some large turquoise chunks

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