Looking for a great trail in Hearst San Simeon State Park, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Hearst San Simeon State Park ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 miles and from 9 to 213 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

The main trail was maintained pretty well, and I enjoyed walking out to the beach afterwards. The varying landscapes added to the appeal.

Parts of the trail were overgrown. There was a lot of poison ivy. There was also a sign warning about ticks in the area. The first part of the trail was nice. There was free coverage and a couple of wooden walkways and bridges. The rest had no coverage and was a fairly narrow path covered with broken grass which made it slippery at times.

You can not access this trail because the gate is locked to get into the lighthouse area.

We stayed close to Moonstone Beach so this was my daily walk. It was a beautiful walk along the ocean - I only wish I could do it everyday.

We stayed in Cambria one night in the summer of 2016, wish we had planned a few more. I had not previously heard of this town, we were on the way to big sur. I hiked the beachside boardwalk for hours. An amazingly peaceful, spiritual kind of hike. Between the moonstone beaches, the beautiful mountains to the north towards Big Sur and the eternal fog in the distance it added up to a very enchanting walk at sunset.

1 month ago

It's always very crowded. You won't get any solitude on this beach or it's trails. However, the views are stunning, par for the course for the central California coast. Be prepared as it can be downright cold at this beach during the summer months, coupled with the everpresent onshore breeze, a windbreaker is a must.

It was a nice, easy to moderate hike. I got to see a snake and a deer on the trail. It’s also a mixture of forest, woodland, grassland, and wetland so it’s amazing to see this all on a single trail that also has views of the ocean. However, it is overgrown in some areas and there are ticks so long pants are recommended. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay on trail, so this app comes in handy!

Amazing views, and no crowds. Many chances to observe elephant seals.

2 months ago

Great for a family hike!

Overall nice hike. next time will try in spring.

Beautiful scenery and relatively easy hike. Agree with others that parts of the trail are not well marked and overgrown. There is poison oak everywhere and ticks, ticks, ticks. And just when you think there's no ticks, there's more ticks. Long sleeves and pants are a must.

3 months ago

Lovely beach walk

Very kid friendly, lots of families and dogs out. Watch for a little poison oak. we made the mistake of thinking the trail continued thru the cow pasture to the main road instead of going back down to the beach, which caused us to backtrack. Worth the drive for sure.

Came in at a different part of trails so didn’t take the whole thing. Pretty views, quiet.

Good trail with views. But lookout for high grass, ticks are big problem here.


Love this trail because I never see anyone on it. I wouldn’t consider it a hike more like a walk into nature. Heaps of wildlife

Easy relaxing

10 months ago

There was more wildlife in one area than I had ever experienced!

I didn’t find it very challenging, but it was still a very peaceful hike. There’s views of the ocean and the mountains. I would definitely recommend this trail.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Love this spot. Always a pit stop of our drives up North along the coast.

Pretty views

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Easy trail along the Cambria coast. Great at sunset.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Beautiful scenic walk with great spots to stay and eat!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Super easy walk with lots of spots to walk down the beach. Beautiful scenery.

Trail is not well marked. Waste of time. Much better choices in the area for sure.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Great hike! Flowers, birds, seals, sea anemones, hawks getting their prey. If you wanted you can fish or stroll on the beach.

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful walk.

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