Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S. Ocean Lagoon has a wheelchair-accessible fishing overhang. Several restaurants are within 2 blocks of the campground. ATV rentals are available within 2 blocks of the park. A trolly service provides access to the surrounding community.

5 months ago

The southern half of the trail has beautiful coastal dunes. The northern half of the trail is crowded boardwalk which can be skipped.

nature trips
6 months ago

Nice scenery spliced with back and forth between forest and ocean/beach. Very nice trail indeed.

hiking
6 months ago

Wow not sure how so many people rated this low. This is a beautiful trail especially at night with a full moon. I have walked this trail lots of times and it has never gotten old or boring.

beautiful walk, takes you into Pismo.

So everyone knows before you arrive, Pismo Beach is a recreational vehicle beach area. If you're looking for any type of peace and quite along a beach, this is not the trail for you. My group was very dissapointed

April 2017. Be prepared for bugs and more bugs, mosquitos and ticks as you go through the marshy areas.

Nothing to see. Unless you are camping here and are just doing a a walk, not worth it. The path is not maintained, small portion of it is paved, and rest of it is ugly, full of weeds and partially blocked with tree branches. Also portion of it It is not accessible as it is gated off. To top it off it borders a merky and dirty lagoon. Do not do it alone. But in my opinion, do not bother. Not worthy of even being on this list of trails to do.

Friday, November 11, 2016

I have walked this path so many times

Thursday, September 22, 2016

beautiful view!!

Great part of this trail is you are so close to other areas to walk. My wife and I walked from Shell Beach to this trail and back. The central coast is beautiful with a lot to see and do!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Can't get in there. Doing construction and it's all roped off :(

walking
Monday, July 07, 2014

Nice and easy. Lovely beach views and coastal vegetation. Absolutely level and short.

walking
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great warm-up for hiking the dunes from the campground to Grand Avenue and back. That would be approximately a 3.5 mile hike when you add the round trip dune walk. You will want to keep directly on the path at the lagoon as it is cleared of the relentless poison oak. If you are walking your dogs, you might want to keep them on the path and not stray off into the poison oak that grows quite rampantly in the thimbleberry bushes, willows and oaks. This path is beautiful and you will enjoy the birdsong, geese, ducks, coots, blue heron and every once in a while the egrets that visit this lagoon. I've seen turtles lazing on floating logs, beaver, and deer in the grassy areas near the campground. This is not a private walk/hike as the lagoon is in a neighborhood and also borders a busy campground. It is beautiful none-the-less and a real treat to walk through. Very easy walking and muddy after rains.

walking
Monday, September 30, 2013

Many times as a kid we used this trail to get from grandma's house to the beach

walking
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Not strenuous at all! I usually see older folks walking this as its easy and short yet runs along the beach great wooden trail is good for strollers and walkers.

hiking
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Another wonderful mild hike

walking
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Not strenuous, but beautiful! At the north end, this trail joins up with a boardwalk/trail in Pismo Beach that goes all the way to the pier, probably another mile or so. Dogs are welcome -- in fact, on the Pismo portion of the trail there is a human + doggy drinking fountain.

hiking
Friday, June 15, 2012

Pleasant walk. It winds through a campground, so you're rarely isolated. There is heavy thick mud in sections of the northern end. During the walk I spotted numerous varieties of ducks and geese and also beaver.

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