Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve to Mussel Rock is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Guadalupe, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
This is not easy if you walk from the parking lot to the end of the beach the sand makes it challenging..
I was hoping for a hike to the beach here. Sadly the road is paved all the way out to the beach. Other than that disappointing fact the beach and area surrounding it are beautiful. If you want a quiet fun Beach place to take you kids to play this is it. Sadly not the hike I was looking for.
I love this place! Great for kids
From the Guadalupe Dunes park at the end of W. Main St, head south to Mussel Rock. In this El Nino winter with weeks of heavy surf, the last mile of beach has been waved away. From Oct thru Feb. the Snowy Plover fences are removed and you can walk on the dunes (generally easier than the soft sand beach). These dunes are the highest on the Pacific Coast (about 400 ft alt.) and are spectacular. The view overlooking Paradise Beach to the south of Mussel Rock is not to be missed. We tried to get onto P. Beach but turned back as too risky for us. Decided that this Paradise was well named, alluring, beautiful... but you can't quite get there.
These directions are outdated; they will take you to Point Sal Trail, a steep rigorous climb then down to the beach.
To see the Guadaloupe Dunes, you now need to go to Guadaloupe Dunes Regional Park at the end of Main St. in Guadaloupe. Don't miss it; spectacular!
Really nice walk along the beach. Head south to get to a bouldering opportunity. And the farther you go, the more secluded it becomes.
My favorite time to go is early on foggy morning.
Great place with some fishing at the Oso Flako Lakes. Cool dunes to explore. And if you go there expect it to be windy!!