San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve which were established in 1990. Santa Rosa Creek Preserve is an area which includes valuable riparian forests and coastal wetlands, that provide habitat for endangered Tidewater Goby. San Simeon Natural Preserve consists of vast wetlands, riparian areas, and several undisturbed native plant communities including unique mima mound topography. The Preserve is also the wintering site for monarch butterfly populations. The 13.7 acre Pa-nu Cultural Preserve contains the most significant archeological site within San Simeon State Park. The site has been dated to 5850 years before the present, and it contains significant evidence documenting prehistoric technology, subsistence practices and social organization over the course of several centuries. San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. In addition to Hearst Castle tours, the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, and the Coastal Discovery Center, park activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, beach walking, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, surfing, viewing elephant seals and tide-pooling.

We hiked on November 7. This has potential for 5 stars but the last half of the trail loop is poorly marked and deteriorates into a narrow footpath. We would have gotten seriously lost several times without the live tracking feature of this app. And once was at the time of our sighting a bobcat or mountain lion. It was impossible to avoid poison oak, too.

Beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail. Fog in morning and sun in afternoon. Saw several whale blows about 1/2 mile out to sea.

Been down this trail 3-4 times. Really neat place to go to the beach.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, kinda hard to follow but definitely a great hike.

walking
4 months ago

Very nice. This is a wonderful area and not overly crowded.

It has potential. The trail isn't marked very well but, thankfully, we had the app and decent cell service. It is very overgrown and the trail was washed out in places. We only went a short bit past the bridge that crosses the marsh before giving up because of the weeds and poison oak - less than half a mile. One of my daughters ended up with a tick on her. Mostly disappointing but if I hear that the trail has been worked on, I'll give it another go.

It was a beautiful trail. We saw a family of deer by the wetlands. There was a lot of poison oak all over the trail. One person from our group found a tick.
But, overall it was a beautiful hike.

Beautiful walk with ocean views. Park at the end of the path with trees and places to sit over looking the ocean.

A nice relaxing wooden mile long boardwalk along the beach featuring plants and some lizards and an occasional rabbit. Very romantic

Dogs NOT allowed. Soooo overgrown with pricked and poison oak. Was so thankful when over and then I found ticks. Have NEVER pulled off so many.

Beautiful year round - a long and peaceful trail, great for dogs as well.

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