Moonstone Beach Trail

EASY 96 reviews

Moonstone Beach Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cambria, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
18 days ago

Very nice boardwalk trail on the bluffs above the beaches and rocky surf. There are many access points to beaches and several viewpoints. Parking lots are easy, free and paved. You can also just pull over along Moonstone Beach Drive and access the trail from multiple points.

hiking
23 days ago

As other reviewers have said, this is a very accessible (we saw an elderly woman on it with a walker) boardwalk trail that parallels Moonstone Beach Drive. There are many staircases down to the beach and platforms from which to enjoy the beach views. It ends in a park and small beach. It is lovely trail in a charming town - I recommend it!

walking
23 days ago

This is more of a boardwalk than a trail, but that being said, it is one of my favorite places to stop on my way up or down the California coast. It is beautiful any time of day, but you’ll need a sweater or windbreaker with that ocean breeze. It is hardly a long walk, but still delightful. Dogs are welcome on the boardwalk, but have recently been banned from the beach. So if you plan to climb the stairs to the water, plan to leave your four-legged friends behind. The beach is famous for having tiny stones that crunch beneath your feet instead of the usual sand, including chalcedony (often mistaken for moonstone) and real jade. Really a treat if you’ve never stopped here before. It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs on a long drive. But I wouldn’t call it a hike. (And there are public bathrooms and a water faucet at one end of the parking lot.)

walking
2 months ago

I loved the boardwalk under my weary legs. It was a great first trail to restart my fitness with. I recommend it highly! Easy and picturesque!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, kid friendly, beautiful look outs to watch the sunset. Beach was very accessible off of trail. The weather was amazing. great experience

hiking
3 months ago

Great coastal hiking. Easy access.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail/boardwalk is essentially along the beach for it’s entire length and has great views. It is in fairly good shape, and I would say it’s probably wheelchair friendly. There are a handful of spots with some shade, but it’s mostly sunny the whole way, so dress accordingly - hat, sunscreen, etc.

hiking
4 months ago

We stayed close to Moonstone Beach so this was my daily walk. It was a beautiful walk along the ocean - I only wish I could do it everyday.

hiking
5 months ago

We stayed in Cambria one night in the summer of 2016, wish we had planned a few more. I had not previously heard of this town, we were on the way to big sur. I hiked the beachside boardwalk for hours. An amazingly peaceful, spiritual kind of hike. Between the moonstone beaches, the beautiful mountains to the north towards Big Sur and the eternal fog in the distance it added up to a very enchanting walk at sunset.

walking
5 months ago

It's always very crowded. You won't get any solitude on this beach or it's trails. However, the views are stunning, par for the course for the central California coast. Be prepared as it can be downright cold at this beach during the summer months, coupled with the everpresent onshore breeze, a windbreaker is a must.

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely beach walk

11 months ago

Beautiful!

Wed Jan 02 2019

Easy relaxing

walking
Wed Sep 05 2018

Love this spot. Always a pit stop of our drives up North along the coast.

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

Easy trail along the Cambria coast. Great at sunset.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Beautiful scenic walk with great spots to stay and eat!

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

Super easy walk with lots of spots to walk down the beach. Beautiful scenery.

walking
Sat Oct 14 2017

Beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful walk.

hiking
Mon Aug 21 2017

Very nice trail. Fog in morning and sun in afternoon. Saw several whale blows about 1/2 mile out to sea.

walking
Fri Aug 11 2017

Very nice. This is a wonderful area and not overly crowded.

Fri Jul 07 2017

Beautiful walk with ocean views. Park at the end of the path with trees and places to sit over looking the ocean.

Sat Jun 24 2017

A nice relaxing wooden mile long boardwalk along the beach featuring plants and some lizards and an occasional rabbit. Very romantic

walking
Sun May 21 2017

Beautiful year round - a long and peaceful trail, great for dogs as well.

walking
Fri Oct 07 2016

Beautiful for a short run along the coast

hiking
Tue Jun 07 2016

Popular trail in Cambria with boardwalk along the coast. Water was stunningly blue. A cool compared to the heat wave in the central valley. We like to start at the northern end parking lot at the top of the overlook.

Fri Apr 15 2016

Beautiful, easy walk!

Tue Mar 29 2016

Family had a great time!!!

Tue Mar 29 2016

Had a great time!!!

hiking
Sun Mar 13 2016

Nice

hiking
Fri Dec 18 2015

Es una aventura muy bonita ver de cerca los leones marinos ah les sujiero que para Febrero es la mejor epoca para ir a mirar los leones marinos porque es el tiempo para procrear y hay cantidades la playa se llena. Luego ir de caminata para estirar las piernas.

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