Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Salt Point 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.

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
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Trail is not well marked or maintained

*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
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Did this hike with my husband and 4 year old. Loved it! Its a lot of uphill, so we used the baby carrier the whole time. I loved the self-guided tour of local flora, and the stunted trees were very cool to see. Also, there was hardly anyone else on the trail. Awesome hike!

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

one of my favorites. we hiked along the beach and it was gorgeous. not too many people and it seemed untouched. watch out for ticks!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Load More