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.

hiking
11 days 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.

hiking
2 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).

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

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.

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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

off road driving
10 months ago

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 maybe the route is outdated.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.

Still great spot, take trail to the ocean

walking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Awesome trail.
Beach gets really windy, love it!

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Very beautiful, takes you right onto the beach.

birding
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

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hiking
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

hiking
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!

hiking
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!)

hiking
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.

hiking
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

Great!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Love this place! Great for kids

Monday, April 18, 2016

Nice easy walk , great for families ..

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

The trail was way to short in my opinion. Took my girlfriend and I less than an hour to reach the beach. The good thing about this trail is the HUGE lake right in the start and the many picnic tables. The bad thing is that it's too short. I've seen toddlers walk the trail with no problems so anyone can do it even 70+

walking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

I went October 2015, lots and lots of Ducks, Herring, Osprey, Great white pelican. Loved it and will go again. Easy walk, beautiful plants along the way.

walking
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Windy but beautiful !

hiking
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Not the best spot to see the dunes "Sahara style".

hiking
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Easy Hike (walk) - it's really a spot for people who love birds is what I found out. From what I understand if you know what your looking for you might find a rare bird.

Bring water because it gets warm on some days.

It's worth checking out I also enjoyed sitting on the beach with ZERO people around.

walking
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great walk/hike. Beautiful scenery. Only negative thing was that it was so short I had to walk it twice.

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