Monarch Butterfly Grove and Meadow Creek Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pismo Beach, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

beach

wild flowers

wildlife

6 months ago

This was a beautiful trail even outside of butterfly season, we saw probably 10, but enjoyed the hike to the beach that was easy enough for kids:)

walking
6 months ago

This is a beautiful area; especially when the monarch butterflies have arrived. Well worth checking out and walking. The trail goes all along the beach for some beautiful scenery and fresh air.

6 months ago

Not too many butterflies in April! We saw maybe 10, so be aware this is their winter spot not spring!

hiking
7 months ago

Love the thousands of butterflies. I have now done this trail in February and also in January. January seemed to have more butterflies.

8 months ago

magical!

hiking
9 months ago

We love this one! It’s so fun to see all of the butterflies!

walking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

walking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

its a nice walk on a beautiful day.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Nice little walk with the boyfriend and dog. Enjoyed seeing butterflies.

walking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This was a wonderful day walk. The ranger was kind and helpful and the beach was amazing!

walking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

A family favorite. We love walking the boardwalk to and from Pismo.

walking
Monday, May 02, 2016

its a beautiful trail to walk...didnt see a single butterfly though :( however we did see a couple hummingbirds. very peaceful and relaxing little walk.

nature trips
Saturday, April 12, 2014

This is the perfect time of year for this trail and the butterflies are here, so go if you can! The staff is generally very friendly and helpful. Me and a couple of friends were just staring up at the butterfly hives when the lead docent came over donned in a huge hat and a butterfly-imprinted ascot and just started talking about butterfly behavior. And how sometimes the male butterflies drag female butterflies down to the ground and have sex with them in a way that can only be described as rape. Well, uh, yeah.... Anyways, the butterfly grove is best viewed during the day, but walking out to the beach is best during sunset, the trees along the beachfront look really cool in sunset silhouette.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Great running trail. Flat, peaceful, other runners.

hiking
Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nice spot for dogs and butterfly viewing. Go when it's sunny because that's when the monarchs are more active. Between the grove and the beach is a state run campground with flush toilets. Dogs can enjoy the beach on leash and there is plenty of bird watching for both species.

walking
Monday, November 18, 2013

We came here in early November, and there was not a tremendous amount of butterflies; however, it was a great walk and a picturesque beach outlet.

nature trips
Monday, November 18, 2013

Bring a set of binoculars to really enjoy this adventure. The butterflies are hard to see, even when they are right above you. At a glance, they just look like leaves of the trees, but with a closer look through binoculars, you can see bunches of butterflies clinging to each other. When they open their wings, then, the true color of the butterfly can be seen. However, when hanging from the trees, their wings are folded close, and they are a very dull brownish color and hard to see.

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Great to do with your family.

hiking
Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lots of nature with the monarch butterfly's! Nice hike that goes all the way to the beach. Found lots of sand dollars.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 26, 2012

good trip!!! http://www.mattressland.co.uk/mattresses

hiking
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pleasant trail. Easy for families with kids. Butterfly season is November to February. Part leveled dirt, part boardwalk. There is a bathroom at the south end of the trail

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

This trail is located in Pismo Beach, not Paso.

hiking
8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

recorded Recording - Dec 29, 01:20 PM

hiking
9 months ago

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