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.

Great views. Easy for first timers.

great trail, kind of hard at start in locating start of trail. best to park by the pier.

12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Great views of wildlife.

20 days ago

1 month ago

Wish we could have done this hike. Rain the past few days. Couldn't cross the river of water in the beach near the parking lot.


Great easy hike. Dog friendly and beautiful views.

on San Simeon Bay Trail

4 months ago

5 months ago

Easy, safe footing. Very scenic. Differing gorgeous views.

Great views and amazing moment for pictures. The walk was easy.

11 months ago

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Truly a beautiful part of the California coast! I've been all up and down CA, this location was truly majestic! I hiked on a Tuesday during spring break. I only saw a few folks on the trail and most went to the first point and turned around. I spent a total of 2 hours on the trail exploring with my dog, for an entire hour I didn't see anyone!

There's a fantastic little food stop by the park. They even had wine!

The beach wasn't crowded at all. A few families were set up for a beach day and that's it. Some folks were fishing off the pier and some were kayaking. I saw dolphins swimming by the point too! I highly recommend this easy trail for novice and experienced hikers for the scenery alone! Not much for a hard workout though.

I plan on returning to the area again with my kids.

Great trail once we worked out where the trail started.

What a nice trail.With the coastline on my left and coastal plains to my right this trail was outstanding! Wild sealife, tidepools, eucalyptus and pine trees make this hike a great one. The grand Pacific ocean, cloud formations above the horizon and the sunsets are breathtaking.

On the return hike, heading southeast, when returning from the open range area, when you first arrive at the Cypress Tree groves, turn left and follow the treeline, for a shortcut back to the Hearst Beach. It will save you a couple miles. You can disregard any "Private Property of Hearst Corp." signs. A local hiker told me that their club marked the "Treeline Trail" shortcut in 2014, but Hearst employees took down those markers and put up the "Private Property" signs in response. Apparently a message "you can hike the beautiful trails, but don't post any signs".