Headlands Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cayucos, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The trailhead is located on the west side of Highway 1, between Cayucos and the tiny community of Harmony (population: 18). From the parking area, the trail follows an old ranch road west over a low hill and down to the ocean. A side trail on the right at 0.5 miles leads to an old ranch bunkhouse and a porta-potty. The trail passes a pond and descends through a picturesque ravine before reaching a bluff overlooking the ocean. Here, the main road continues parallel to the ocean to the fenced park boundary. A narrow, informal trail follows the edge of the bluff, allowing for closer views of the ocean. This trail loops back to re-connect with the main trail near a park bench.
easy and a great view at the end total worth the walk
Fantastic hike with great views!
I love this trail! We went on a warm day in early fall. The initial part of the trail, which is more inland, is a little dry, and slightly uphill. It was a peaceful atmosphere though. Not heavily trafficked on the weekday we chose to go. We didn't know what to expect at the end based on what we saw at the beginning. Wow! You are in for a surprise, the bluffs are amazing!
This hike offers a great combination natural terrain/wildlife views leading toward the ocean and gorgeous views while hiking along the ocean.