This off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 miles of beach open for vehicle use and the sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States. Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach. Surfing, swimming, surf fishing, horseback riding and bird watching are popular activities.

1 month ago

Easy, beautiful, a nice relaxing stroll over a boardwalk that leads to the ocean just south of the Oceano Dunes recreation area. Vehicles aren’t allowed this far down on the beach. There’s a small creek that flows into the ocean so be prepared to get wet if you’d like to cross it and continue south on the beach.

There is a day use fee if you park in the parking lot. There is also parking along the road outside. Bathrooms were kind of gross.

2 months ago

Such a good hike, with an AMAZING view!

This is a pretty nice trail. It could use a bit of maintenance and the outhouse near the end tends to be dirty so go to the bathroom before you go. The views at the end are so worth it and the beach won’t have a lot of people. It’s an easy enough walk to be able to bring a cooler and lunch.

3 months ago

Follow the signs for the Phillips Petroleum. When you get to the entrance veir oo to the right and follow the single lane road across the RR tracks.

Found out why it's called the Sand trail. it's very soft sand. My stock Sahara didn't have the right tires for it once I was deep into the trail. I was barely able to turn around and get out.

Gorgeous trail, very easy for kids. We took our 3 year old and 18 month old and they walked the entire trail out and back. Beautiful beach at the end of the trail.

Easy Hike. very scenic ends at the beach but tide is very strong in the water. not a swimming beach.

off road driving
6 months ago

I had the same problem as the last review and tried to find the start but ran into the Phillips 66 refinery. I asked the Guard if he knew of any openings in the fence but he said "no". I checked along the fence line and the gates were well locked up and some even had additional fencing behind it. I drove in through the Pismo beach area and it looked like a lot of it had been cordoned off but orange construction fencing. Talked with a Park Ranger and they stated they are trying to preserve and restore areas of the beach. You can still get back in the area, but I HIGHLY recommend bring a full set of MaxxTaxx or traction aids. Beautiful and quiet area though.

7 months ago

This trail exceeded our expectations. I brought my 7 and 8 year old to explore a new area and it was perfect! Beautiful bridge across the water and a boardwalk all the way to the viewing deck at the beach made it easy to navigate and super easy for the kids! Bring your poles if you’re a fishing family because the fish were jumping and very few people were out fishing so it makes it feel very serene.

9 months ago

Very easy beautiful trail. You go over a bridge with lots of different types of birds on a lake. Then a well paved easy walkway all the way to the beach. Nice easy trail.

We did this hike when my son was 3 months old. It was very easy and we loved it. I didn't even have to change into any sort of work out gear or wear tennis. It seems like the trail would be great for someone in a wheelchair also (seemed wide enough).

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Beautiful, the kids did it easily, there were beautiful birds everywhere, and we saw dolphins jumping and riding waves at the end.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

This trail has a beautiful ocean view at the end that makes it worth the long walk. Most of the path is wheelchair, bike accessible. There are even wildlife mallards, raccoons, beautiful serene area.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A great walk through a variety of settings, both fresh water and the ocean. Dolphins, seals, raccoon, fish jumping and a variety of birds. The beach is gorgeous!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Easy hike. beautiful. usually hardly anyone on the beach.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tried enter the start location located on the map. Took me to Phillips 66 refinery and a locked gate. maybe the route is outdated. I've been out to the dunes I was just looking to check out that road on the map.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Still great spot, take trail to the ocean

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Awesome trail.
Beach gets really windy, love it!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Very beautiful, takes you right onto the beach.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful day for a nature walk. This is an easy walk to the ocean with plenty to see and lots to read about the area.

Sunday, January 01, 2017


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This is one of my favorite places to visit. I'm very surprised of how well the lake is doing in this drought

Monday, November 07, 2016

Absolutely relaxing hike! we'll do it again near summer

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Lovely place to relax, takes you through the trees,on a little bridge above water and ends on a secluded beach where you can just be you and your thoughts.
Bathrooms access at the beginning of the trail (there was no parking fee when we went), and another one closer to the beach.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Easy relaxing walk, not far to the beach.. Lots of birds and little creatures to enjoy along the way.

on Oso Flaco Lake Trail

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice gentle hike down the boardwalk but keep in mind there's a ranger station on your right and a $5.00 fee to park at the trailhead. You can avoid the parking fee by parallel parking on the road just outside of the trailhead parking lot. Also, it was very cold/windy so bring a jacket just in case. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very easy hike with a 4 year old and 2 year old. We went early morning and it was overcast, so there were tons of bugs along the bridge across the water. But once we were past the bridge, it was great! Saw about 8 wild rabbits (boys loved it!)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice easy hike / walk. Beautiful trees cover the beginning of the trail and then you make a left on to an expansion bridge and walk across the water. We spent some time there bird watching. Next you are met by a wooden foot path through the sand dunes where it was very peaceful and serene. There is a bathroom there to!! Then on to the beach where you can see for miles at the look out at the end of the boardwalk.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

always a fun hike with the kids. they love it and it gets us out for a while.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Love this place! Great for kids

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