Explore the most popular hiking trails in Año Nuevo State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 months ago

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

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.

6 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

Wednesday, February 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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Amazing area when the Elephant Seals are there...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nice little trail done when I lived in Half Moon bay

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Nice walk to the beach from hwy 1...nice walk to catch the sunset

Friday, October 06, 2017

My favorite place! December-March you need reservations, but it is well worth it seeing the nature channel IRL. other times of the year you can get a permit and do a self guided hike. Apart from the elephant seals, there is a lot of cultural, geological and other things to learn. A definite must if you live local or are visiting.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Really cool experience... at one point on the trail we look to our right and see elephant seals sleeping on the beach, and to our left toward the valley a deer...meanwhile snakes are slithering away through the dunes..very cool/beautiful/special place!!! Authentic California

Monday, August 28, 2017

beautiful morning stroll. fabulous, engaged docents out at the viewing platform. but brace yourself (and prep your boots) for that chunk of sand dune).

Monday, August 07, 2017

Was able
To do this hike with my 18 month old son. We saw some elephant seals, which was the highlight of this hike

nature trips
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great you see the elephant seals up close!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

This was a lot of fun. Be sure to get a Viewing Pass from the field house first before you go onto the trail.

The first mile you will be in direct sun and wind. Be sure to wear sunscreen and have a jacket. After the "Boardwalk" area you'll have to navigate about .5 (round trip) of sand dunes to make it to the Bight Beach overlook (which is recommended over South Point. If you want to push forward to North Point it's about an extra mile round trip.

Overall a very easy excursion. Bring water and prepare for sun and sand.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Perfect view, but part of the trail is sandy! So, be prepared to have full shoes of sand!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nice walk out to the beach. The trail is a boardwalk and sand. Lots of wildflowers and great views.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Was lucky enough to be here on New Years Day. It was surprisingly deserted as I arrived just at sunset. Beautiful walk. You can hear the sea lions as you near the cliffs. Definitely not strenuous. Potential to see wildlife (I had a few snakes slither out of my path)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Easy walk with great views, wildlife, and a nice beach. Great place to take visitors.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Awesome views on the stroll even without seeing the Elephant Seals. Doing the tour of the seals with a ranger is well worth it during the season as well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

awesome place.. great trip it was... love it

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Amazing place, fantastic experience

Monday, September 09, 2013

Nice beach. Gorgeous trail. Get there early and get your permit from the white building. Quite a way to go see the elephant seals they close the path a little after three.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

This is by far one of the most beautiful trails I have ever crossed. The beach is amazing and the views are spectacular. My fianc and I got to see and hear the elephant seals. They are fun to watch and it's a real treat once you get to their mating grounds. We took really pretty pictures and the view of the coast is one you won't forget. My only warning is there are ticks out there, we found some on our clothes.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Really nice hike, we did not run into anyone along this trail, we had it all to our selfs,the hike its self was fast & easy. next time we go back to this area i will take this trail again

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I hiked this trail last summer with my girlfriend, we spent the hole summer hiking up the coast of California and back down the central vally. This was one of the best trails we hit that summer. There was really no one on the trail, and a lot too see and take in in the peace full area that this trail goes threw

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

gud place for roaming

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