Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Morro Bay State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Scenic raised boardwalk trail with a nice view of the grasslands/estuary. There are several entrances embedded in a neighborhood in Los Osos.

beautiful boardwalk in a very unique ecological environment. many different bird sightings

Great view of back bay!!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Iconic scenery. Go Cali !

Nice easy walk. Get the guide for the flora and learn about the various trees. It is a special place if you stop to learn!

I used to go down here when I lived in Los Osos. Easy trail that borders the estuary. Just watch out for Poison oak. Moderate traffic and is always cool.

I was looking for a very flat trail for my wife who is recovering from a hip injury. This unique trail is entirely on boardwalks built overground, I suppose to help prevent damage to the terrain. Great variety of flora that was often labeled. Nice view of the wetland area on the south end of the bay. Many benches that we used so my wife could rest. This trail is for everyone.

Easy walk. Great view.

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.

Nice stroll along a boardwalk with signs & plenty of areas to sit & enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Super easy walk. Nice views of the water.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

This is definitely more of a nature trail than a hike. It's just on the edge of Los Osos, overlooking Morro rock.

We hiked this trail in December on a weekday, but unfortunately the trail was still busy. It seemed to be commonly used for not only hiking, but also for dog walking and running. We also saw families with kids, whose parents were allowing them to climb all over the ancient Pygmy Oaks, despite the clear instructions that this was not allowed. Honestly this lack of caring in helping to preserve this mini ecosystem put a damper on this hike for us.

The trail is easy, featuring minimal elevation gain. The entire main loop is on a boardwalk, with optional off shoots to two lookout points over Morro rock, which were also on a boardwalk. Bring binoculars and/or a good camera because the duck population that's visible from the lookout points was awesome. Also on this hike we saw desert hummingbirds and turkey vultures overhead.

If anyone has a bee allergy, be aware that the bushes on the sides of the trail toward the middle of the loop are full of them. They didn't bother us, but the sheer number of them was startling.

All in all I liked this hike, but there are other more secluded hikes in the area to see Pygmy Oaks. The lookout points were cool thou.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great walk. Our favorite place to see the sunset while hearing the waves splashing against the rocks. I also dropped my new phone in there, never found it :( so if you climb on top of the rocks, hold on to your stuff.

Friday, August 19, 2016

This is really more of a stroll than a hike, but the views are amazing. Great views of the bay, the estuary, and Morro Rock. The boardwalk makes this walk quite accessible, we passed someone in a motorized wheelchair, so I'm sure strollers would have no problem. There are only a few parking spots at the trailhead, but there is street parking.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This was a nice little walk to take my three-year old on. It's a very easy walk on a boardwalk, but the plants are interesting to look at, and there is a cool little grove of trees hidden about halfway through, with a bench in the shade. I wouldn't take this hike for exercise, but for a nice walk or if you have kids, it's perfect.

Wasn't sure when I first started because of the initial uphill ascent (& being out of shape), but it was excellent and the view was great too.

Great views and wild flowers.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

There are some steep bits and rocks but this is all part of the fun. The trail through the tall grass is narrow and the grass now (April 2016) is up to about 5 feet in places. Each turn in the trail brings something different. We would highly recommend the trails in the Cerro Cabrillo trails as the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. The ocean and the estuary to the west, Tiki Rock, Rock bluffs, geology is very interesting. We saw a brush rabbit, a mouse, plenty of lizards, quail and plenty of other song birds. There are still flowers to be seen: Sticky Monkeyflower, Globe Lilys, California Poppys, Chia, Blue Dicks, Common Goldstar, Milk Vetch, Ferns, Mallow, and the beautiful Sisyrinchium angustifolium. Some of the Sisyrinchium are in pod while some areas still carpeted. Many more flowers and grasses.
Great for hiking, walking, birding, botanizing and enjoy nature. A picnic is a must, just pull up a bit of bare rock or dirt and have a seat, the great outdoors is the entertainment!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Beautiful area! We met a gorgeous coyote on the boardwalk - he just went around us.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nice and easy.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This trail is a modest, flat boardwalk that networks around some miniature trees and brush. Nothing too exciting, but it gives a great view of Morro Bay and is a nice place for a family outing.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Crespi Trail is a nice hike with beautiful views of Los Osos, The Sandspit, and the Estuary. It is a well developed trail and is well maintained. It is an easy hike with only a few uphill climbs. The terrain changes from meadows to a small forested area. I would recommend for anyone. The only problem is the parking situation. It is hard to find as there is no sign and the parking lot is very rutted.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Nice and easy. Saw a Coyote checking me and my dogs out on the boardwalk this evening!

on Marina Point

Monday, July 09, 2012

This is an easy and pleasant trail. Short and sweet. A wide path takes you out to the point of the marina. Nice view of the marina and bay. There are little side trails that parallel the main path and they all come back to it. When the loop turns back, the back part of the trail can be tricky. Depending on the tides, it can be muddy or impassable. There is a boardwalk under construction. The path circles around for a brief walk along the estuary and ends up back in the marina parking lot.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Not what I would call a hiking trail but a beautiful, family friendly nature walk. I went because I had sprained my ankle on another hike and needed something easy to get back into it. No strains or problems. Beautiful nature views of Morro Bay

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I think this is a fantastic trail. There's trash cans along the way, water and bathrooms at the top, and gorgeous views. Definitely a favorite!

Friday, June 22, 2012

This trail was a bit of a let down for me. I was expecting much more. Definitely for the family, its way more of a nature trail than anything. It was board walked. That being said. the views were very nice of Morro Bay

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Went on this trail on a weekday and it was deserted, not for serious hickers. Great for families and kids. Decent views of the Morro Bay Estuary and Morro Rock. Lots of benches and signage.

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