Looking for a great trail in Morro Bay State Park, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 10 easy trails in Morro Bay State Park ranging from 0.7 to 3.8 miles and from 16 to 656 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

We do this short hike up to the top of the little hill above the Marine Museum every year we visit Morro Bay State Park. It’s great with the kids especially for sunset as you can enjoy the view over the Bay all the way to Morro Rock. Easy evening walk - we love it

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 days ago

I was unsure what trail this was but after seeing these reviews I’m convinced I hiked the Cero Cabrillo peak. Super steep and I definitely didn’t have the proper shoes but I braved it anyways. Once I got to the top I felt too uneasy to climb over all the boulders by myself, as did the only other people I came across that day. A little disappointed I didn’t get up and over to see Morro Rock but better safe than sorry with all of the unknowns and the improper footwear. I was sliding on my bottom and my hands for a good portion on the way down to avoid slipping. Still it was a beautiful hike! Lots of bees but didn’t get stung.

hiking
bugs
rocky
14 days ago

Fun trail for my husband and I with our dog. It was super buggy today...mosquitos! Takes us just over an hour. Great exercise hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Reasonably well maintained trail and good 360 degree views up top but there is a climb to get there if you start at the bottom. If you have less time, park halfway up at the parking lot and climb the last half mile or so for the views. We did the hike about 8am on a Sunday and ran into a handful of people, not too crowded and

hiking
18 days ago

This trail is right by my home and I love it. For anyone with knee problems though I would mark it as moderate not easy.

hiking
26 days ago

Too many ticks. Perhaps since immediately after a rain.

nice short Trail.. too bad about the dogs not being allowed..

hiking
1 month ago

done this twice from the 2nd road entrance. it is nice and somewhat mellow. probably a bit much for smaller children.
Great views of los osos and the sand spit.

mountain biking
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail, but I would agree some others who said it should be marked rated as a moderate trail. There were some rather long a steady inclines that left me out of breath, but I'm a out of shape too. However the views at the top were magnificent, especially on a clear day like it was for us.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice trail with great payback at the top. Not well marked. Look for the small parking lot just below campground marked as Exercise Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Good views, steady climb I would rate it moderate
Even after rain trail was not muddy

Perfect way to get the true vibe of Morro Bay! It has beach, animals, rocks, and small town harbor vibe. This is an easy walk that you can do in flip flops if you want! It’s accessible to all ages, paved, no elevation gain, and pet friendly. The sea otters were ALL over the bay. I walked and watched them for nearly 2 hours. I also saw seal and tons of cool birds. The end of the walkway affords the ability to climb on mounds of rock formations. It was super fun to climb and sit to watch the sunset.

Relaxing loved it

Enjoyable

walking
3 months ago

This place was beautiful and the rock was cool to see. There are plenty of great places to shop and eat as well.

Good hike, smuggled a dog on the trail

Beautiful walk

hiking
3 months ago

Good 3 mile hike. Great view from the top.

Easy start, steep and sandy towards the summit, a little scrambling required. Be careful while descending.

Short and sweet, a nice sunrise walk.

3 months ago

This is labeled as easy but I would categorize as moderate. A good steady climb and somewhat steep at a few spots. I take my elderly parents on easy trails and I would definately not bring them on this one! Good trail through trees, good views! crosses one road with cars going pretty fast around a curve, beware! Happy hiking!

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Lots of birds to see and hear. Well maintained. Great for kids. Easy boardwalk loop.

Gorgeous views. Well maintained. Great for kids. Easy boardwalk loop.

walking
4 months ago

Go on a clear day. Literally a 360 view.

hiking
4 months ago

The terrain is a bit different than much if the costal range. That and the views make this a sweet little area for a day hike. It is exposed so be aware of the weather.

hiking
6 months ago

Park in small lot adjacent to trailhead. This is an easy to moderate hike depending on trails you follow. You can make as difficult as you want by going uphill faster or slower, a lot of it is through sand trail. I started at 4 and it was warm but there was a breeze which kept it cool. Bugs can be a problem, suggest repellent.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

The Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Morro Bay Estuary. If you have people visiting and you want them to go on a very easy hike, this is it. This hike of of the Elfin Forest Natural Area Trail is well worth doing, great all year long, maybe not so much in rainy season. This video was shot in the summer so very little bird life as compared to winter. Lots of wildlife if you look for it, mostly squirrels and rabbits so hawks can always be present.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

hiking
7 months ago

I drove to to top past the golf coarse and the hiked the rest. it goes up in the clouds abd is much better on a clear day.

A nice easy boardwalk trail with scenic view points of Morro Rock and estuary.

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