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Best trails in Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument

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Explore the most popular trails in Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

La Cuesta Encantada, "The Enchanted Hill" high above the ocean at San Simeon, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. Their collaboration, which began in 1919 and continued for nearly 30 years, transformed an informal hilltop campsite into the world-famous Hearst Castle -- a magnificent 115-room main house plus guesthouses, pools, and 8 acres of cultivated gardens. The main house itself, "La Casa Grande," is a grand setting for Hearst's collection of European antiques and art pieces. It was also a most fitting site for hosting the many influential guests who stayed at Hearst's San Simeon ranch. Guests included President Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplin, and a diverse array of luminaries from show business and publishing industries.

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Map of trails in Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Tuesday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Wednesday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Thursday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Friday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Saturday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Sunday
8:20 am - 3:20 pm
Contact
(805) 927-2020
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Top trails (1)
#1 - Elephant Seal Vista Point Trail
Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Elephant Seal Vista Point Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Simeon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trShow more