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Morro Bay State Park looks out over the bay to wind-sculpted sand dunes. Guarding the harbor entrance of the central coast’s Morro Bay, Morro Rock has been a landmark for mariners over the centuries. The park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population. Morro Bay has moderate weather. During summer days the area is 30 degrees cooler than inland areas. Dress in layers, especially at the ocean. As the water here is cooler than in Southern California, surfers generally wear wetsuits. Dogs are not permitted on trails or beaches.

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2 days ago

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4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

The views on this trail is spectacular just took my breath away!!!

Drive up the hill past the golf course and do the last little bit of the trail at dusk and sunset. Amazing views of the bay and sunset.

Easy walk. Great view.

Great views, well maintained trail. Good for a quick and mellow hike, takes about an hour and half starting from the exercise trail.

hiking
13 days ago

walking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

This is an easy leisurely walk. There are a lot of beautiful plant species to look at. It's a loop and really can't get lost. It's especially great if you are wanting to have a "photography walk" and channel your inner Ansel Adams ;-) There are great views towards the West of the ocean, and Morro Rock can be seen from the view points. It was very enjoyable and very scenic.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok, this moderate rating needs some clarification. The trail starts off moderately, with a pretty rapid increase in altitude. Enough for a really good warm up for an old guy like me. Then it levels out and is really easy. Once you make the turn North from the Quarry Trail to head up to the Cabrillo Peak someone might post a sign, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Admittedly that is hyperbole. The trail starts with a gradual rise, then severe increase in altitude. Today, after the prolific rains of 2017 much of the trail is nothing more than a steep washed out stream bed. Treacherous. This was an ad hoc hike, and I just decided to get out of town yesterday and head for the coast. The decision to take this hike was made this morning. I brought the wrong shoes. Take good traction hikers. The final bit is frank rock climbing. The views, however, are spectacular from the peak. Getting back down was not a cardio challenge, but still a challenge, especially without appropriate footwear. I had to carefully choose foot placements, and use the staff I found in the Sierras a couple of years ago that lives in my trunk. As I am writing this, looking out from my hotel balcony at the Morro Rock, the cold Pacifico is quite rewarding.