Headlands Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

32 minutes ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice walk across fields from Highway 1 to coast then along the bluffs. A fine walk for most, but NO DOGS ALLOWED

2 months ago

I love this trail but it's longer than what this says beautiful views!!!

2 months ago

Pleasant walking trail to unique views of the ocean. No pets

2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

AllTrails has this at "Moderate", I believe it's a little "Easy", but well worth the experience. It was a beautiful day with beautiful views.

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4 months ago

easy and a great view at the end total worth the walk

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
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trail running
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9 months ago

Fantastic hike with great views!

9 months ago

11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

11 months ago

This hike offers a great combination natural terrain/wildlife views leading toward the ocean and gorgeous views while hiking along the ocean.