Looking for a great trail in Salt Point State Park, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, dogs no 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 6 easy trails in Salt Point State Park ranging from 0.9 to 6.6 miles and from 49 to 751 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


no dogs

nature trips




kid friendly

bird watching

wild flowers


Rocky promontories, panoramic views, kelp-dotted coves, and the dramatic sounds of pounding surf; open grasslands, forested hills, pristine prairies, and pygmy forests- you can experience all of these coastal wonders within the Salt Point State Park. With 20 miles of hiking trails, over six miles of rugged coastline, and an underwater park, you can enjoy a variety of picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skin and SCUBA diving, and camping. Ever wonder where the streets of San Francisco came from? Sandstone from Salt Point was used in the construction of San Francisco's streets and buildings during the mid 1800's. If you look closely at the rocks at Gerstle Cove, you can still see eyebolts where the ships anchored while sandstone slabs were loaded onboard. Quarried rocks can still be seen scattered along the marine terrace north of Gerstle Cove. Look for the drill holes along the edges of the rocks that were used to separate the large rocks into smaller slabs. Tafoni is the Italian word for cavern. It is a natural phenomenon that is common along the sandstone near the ocean's edge at Gerstle Cove and Fisk Mill. Look for a honeycomb type network carved into the rocks forming pits, knobs, ribs, and ridges. The weather can be changeable along the rugged Northern California Coast. Even summertime can be cool as fog hugs the coastline and ocean winds chill the air. Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

27 days ago

A trail to the forest, not the beach. But a very pretty forest! Steady grade, never too steep.

no shade
1 month ago

Very cool hike,amazing rock lawyers. It was quite windy and cool. Lots of wildflowers still at this time of year. We saw something jump out of the water in the ocean. Dolphin or a shark?

Terrific hike! Very windy! Worth enduring the wind for the fantastic ocean and headland views. We hiked with our two kids, 4 & 8 and it was a nice mostly level hike. It is an out and back trail but there are some more inland trails in sections if you need a break from the wind.

2 months ago

no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful rocks! A couple cool waterfalls. Sentinel rock was worth the time. More fun to climb up to it than taking the trail!

no shade
5 months ago

Thank you!

Took our 3 and 5 year olds this morning. Easy walk and we climbed down onto the rocky South Cove beach.

It is an easy hike and nice trail.

Great rock formations and colors along the coast. Saw some harbor seals, star fish, and blue heron. There are sandy beach areas, too.

nature trips
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Beautiful trail by the beach. Not to difficult. I am a beginner and was fine. No dogs are allowed on the trail.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trail is not well marked or maintained

couldn't cross the first creek

Monday, June 11, 2018

*Wear long pants* I did not spot any poison oak, but the last segment (I believe it’s called Powerline Trail) is poorly marked, and definitely overgrown. You will be fighting ferns, long grasses, and various types of sharp brush for 30 minutes give or take. I prefer to wear shorts generally and even asked a ranger at the station about it beforehand. She said she didn’t get “up there” much - so didn’t know the state of some of the trails. But nonetheless she said shorts would be fine :-| Nope! Otherwise, it was great. Pygmy Forest seemed like our West Coast version of Narnia. The prairie was something. Most of this trail is downhill after the 2 mile mark. The sounds of the nearby ocean and wind hitting the treetops was superb. Given the other mediocre reviews, I’d suggest Alltrails to find a different loop in Salt Point. There’s plenty of better material to choose from. At the end, choosing between walking back via the PCH, through campsites or roughing the Powerline trail in its current state was not pleasant.

mountain biking
Friday, May 25, 2018

10 mile loop starting at Woodside and going up the fire road. left at water tanks to North trail then merge back to central trail before hitting the prairie trail down the mountain. mostly unimproved fire roads. downed trees. fun downhills. the final leg near the coast is super scenic. overall average... major long uphills early on diminish the initial fun but the way down is great.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Absolutely beautiful, great views, easy hike , lots of wild flowers, saw at least 10 sea lions, lots of birds

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A very underrated or somewhat lesser known park with a handful of trails including Salt Point Trail. If you arrive at low tide you'll get access to tide pools and see lots of amazing creatures. One highlight are colonies of Purple Sea Urchins and Bat Stars. Yes, Bat Stars are a thing, apparently. They are mollusks similar to starfish, but with much shorter arms. Who knew? As expected, since the park isn't that visited, mainly due to the secluded location on HWY-1 North, as opposed to the heavier traveled southern stretch below the Bay Area, you have a solid chance of seeing seals lazing on the rocks at a close distance. The rocks! The rocks are fairly unique looking. Go check out dem rocks on dis trail.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Used to Ab dive and do parts of this carrying gear...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

So many cool rocks! Was a stunning walk/hike! Definitely plan to go back here!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

This trail DOES NOT have any ocean view or access. There is a trail across the street however. As for this trail...it is just ok. A pretty walk in the woods. Nothing outrageously beautiful, but not totally boring. A fair amount of bugs, so bring spray. Very easy hike with a few hills.

Friday, September 01, 2017

So. Many. Bugs. The good thing was the trail is well maintained. Make sure you have $8 for parking and note this trail has no views of the ocean... there is an adjoining trail that takes you to the ocean across the street.

Fantastic ocean view. You can see seals and great white waves! Must check out!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Wonderful, easy hike with the bulk of the incline at the start. We did a loop that started at Woodside campground and included parts of the central trail, huckleberry trail, north trail, prairie trail, south trail and then powerline trail. Trails seemed well marked. However know this area described as "near Jenner" is about 18 miles north, with intense coastal driving. I'd come back in a heartbeat because the immediate area both inland and along the coast has enough trails and possible loops for days.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Overall good hike. Coastal trail is pretty windy. Coastal and forest trails aren't marked very well and there are a lot of side trails not shown on the map. Discovered a map at one of the campgrounds that had a more detailed way to get to the Pygmy Forest (listed the plant/tree placards placed along the trail) but only after finishing the trail.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Very nice trail, easy hike with wonderful forest smells leading to golden meadow. Never found trail marker for Huckleberry trail so had to back track. I highly recommend going across the highway for the beach walks. Spectacular!!

cross country skiing
Monday, September 28, 2015

Nice trail except the plantation part was confusing and we had to backtrack quite a ways.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

We did the trail up on the hill overlooking the beach and ocean. Very pleasant walk with peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Interesting rocks and tidal pools to see. Saw lots of seals, sea urchins, Dr. Suess looking plants. Highly recommended!

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