Monarch Butterfly Grove and Meadow Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Pismo State Beach

Monarch Butterfly Grove and Meadow Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.5 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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers



This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

Perfect beachside family walking trail. Tons of spots for kids to play in the dunes and beautiful views.

Mostly along a golf course but starts at butterfly grove if you park on the street.

Butterfly’s in the trees at the start of the hike

6 months ago

Ran this trail this morning. It is very easy to find however it can be busy with people walking the dogs. The boards can be difficult to run on also. But the views are spectacular. I was there on early on a Monday morning. The butterflies are just starting to arrive at the monarch butterfly Grove

11 months ago

This is a beautiful hike and great for families of all ages. Easy and fun!

Nice trail to take a walk and see the ocean waves

Thu Nov 01 2018

The Monarchs were starting to arrive when we visited but this is a beautiful place to walk through trees, sand dunes, and the beach. Loved watching the Monarchs. Don’t miss this if you are around during Monarch season—Late October until February or so.

Tue Apr 17 2018

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:)

Tue Apr 10 2018

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.

Thu Apr 05 2018

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

Thu Mar 08 2018

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

Wed Feb 21 2018


Wed Jan 03 2018

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

Sat Jun 10 2017

Thu Oct 13 2016

its a nice walk on a beautiful day.

Sun Oct 02 2016

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

Wed Sep 28 2016

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

Sun Jun 26 2016

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

Mon 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
Sat Apr 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.

Fri Feb 07 2014

Great running trail. Flat, peaceful, other runners.

Sat Nov 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.

Mon Nov 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
Mon Nov 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.

Sat Jul 13 2013

Great to do with your family.

Sun Feb 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
Thu Jul 26 2012

good trip!!!

Tue Jul 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

Wed Oct 05 2011

This trail is located in Pismo Beach, not Paso.

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