Explore the most popular trails in San Onofre State Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

San Onofre State Beach, located south of San Clemente on I-5, sits at the edge of a 3,000-acre scenic coastal canyon area. Native Acjachemen, Spanish missionaries, rancheros, caballeros, the United States Marines and surfing legends have all made history at San Onofre. The diverse recreational and natural offerings of this park’s three distinct sections - San Onofre Bluffs, San Onofre Surf Beach and San Mateo Campground - make it one of the most popular state parks in California. San Onofre Bluffs offers camping and day-use parking along Old Highway 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs. The beach below is popular with swimmers and surfers with six rugged dirt access trails cut into the bluff above. All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table. The campground offers cold outdoor showers and chemical toilets. No hookups are available however there is a dump-station. San Onofre Surf Beach offers a world renowned and historical surf break. The beach is strictly available for day-use with no camping. Chemical toilets and a limited number of fire pits are available. Alcohol is no longer permitted. San Onofre - San Mateo Campground lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach. A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the campground to Trestles Beach, a world class surfing site. San Mateo Creek flows just east of the campground outward towards the ocean creating key riparian and wetland habitats which host some rare and even endangered species. All campsites include a fire pit and picnic table. Hookup sites are available with electricity and water. Other amenities include a dump-station, hot indoor showers, and flush toilets. Camping is available year-round. Trail Hours: 6:00am-Sunset

1 month ago

More of a beach spot than a hike, didnt do the whole trail! The beach was beautiful so we had to stop! Trail and hill to get to it but a perfect spot to soak up some sun and get the dogs in the water! Would recommend! Need a park pass or pay for parking! Also have bathrooms and charcoal grills and tables to use! Could spend the whole day here

4 months ago

Views are awesome and what’s best is there aren’t a lot of people. Watch out for the edges as some areas are steep! Perfect place to come if you’re looking for solitude or the perfect selfie.

10 months ago

We went yesterday 5/29/18 and it wasn’t a hike. Just a walk by the beach. The view was super nice and very relaxing. We would have loved to sit down and watch the beach but a couple had their dog off the leash and the dog was barking and trying to run towards us. Not very relaxing at all. You must keep your dogs in their leash, it says on the sign. Don’t mess it up for other people. We did trail 1 and once you walk down to the beach you could really only walk left. And if you keep walking down you hit big dinosaur rocks and the water hits them. So the water ends up to your waist. Other than that it’s the perfect beach for relaxing and watching the waves. Perfect for a picnic. $15 fee not worth it if your wanting to hike. But worth it if your planning to get in the water and relax and stuff.

Friday, March 16, 2018

It must have been beautiful a little while back based on the reviews, but it was hard to even give this two stars. On the trail on the bluffs you can’t see anything and it’s muddy, then you walk down to the beach on your way back on the “loop.” Not worth $15 whatsoever. You’re basically paying to walk along the beach.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

This is a beautiful hike but beware much of the original trail is washed away. Some places were dangerous. The beach is covered in rock as well so make sure to wear ankle supporting shoes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nice hike some of the beach is covered with rocks. Recommend shoes with good ankle support. $15 dollar fee to enter park.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

One of my new favorite spots

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

It's all about the beach. Beautiful spot! Easy hike.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Very beautiful. It is 15$ to get in for a day pass but I enjoyed the cliffs and the rocky Ocean. great place for photographs! Not much of a later out trail unless you break off on some of the smaller ones and link them all together. Relaxing day!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Not much of an actual hike, more just cliffside beach access. It's a nice secluded beach though and dogs are permitted. $15 day use fee to enter the park. Views are pretty, just not much hiking to be done.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

trials are a little difficult to locate, but the scenery is beautiful

Friday, October 14, 2016

The area and views are beautiful. Extremely secluded, and there are neat structures made out driftwood on the beach. The portion of the trail from Trail 1 that goes along the beach is all (well, mostly) rocks... dinosaur egg sized rocks. We tried to make it across them, then attempted to walk in the surf barefoot, to end up getting a wave up to our waist. Super amusing, and very beautiful, but we just turned back and explored the beachy part at the bottom of trail 1. Fun, but not what we expected.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

had an awesome day!!!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

absolutely recommend!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

I actually hike/walked from the north end of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. There is a Vernal Pool Restoration Area there. The loop is .66 miles; however, I did a lot of side trails, circles and figure 8's to make this a 5.16 mile hike in 1hr 28min. All flat, very easy, and great views!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Went to Bluffs Beach last year for the first time. Can't remember if I too trail 4 or 6 down but I loved it! Lots of rocks on the beach entering the water. Take swimming shoes!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Easy hike with nice views. Very short.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pristine beach and interesting bluffs deserve 5 stars but the nuclear power plant is too massive to ignore.

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Great Beach I take trail #6 and make a left at the beach and get some sun.
I see people here complaining about the hike. The 5.4 mile loop in description is to make a loop from trail 6 to the beach and up trail 1 and back to your car. I think thats what this loop is.....

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beautiful very beautiful! But not much of a hike, more like an access way to the beach. Found a nice little nook in the cliffs on the beach laid out for hours and not one soul passed us. Very secluded.

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