Oso Flaco Lake Trail

EASY 58 reviews

Oso Flaco Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile out and back trail located near Nipomo, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

lake

wildlife

no dogs

Oso Flaco Lake is part of the former Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve, operated by The Nature Conservancy. The area has been transferred to California State Parks, and is now part of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The trail and the portion of the beach it accesses are not open to vehicles of any kind. The trail starts at a large gravel parking lot and is briefly paved. The closed paved road turns to dirt and soon reaches the start of the Oso Flaco Lake boardwalk, on your left. Turn here and take the boardwalk across the lake. The boardwalk includes benches and several interpretive signs identifying common plants and birds in the area. After crossing the lake, the boardwalk continues over the dunes to a high point near the beach. Here, a short section of boardwalk branches off the main route and leads to a viewing platform with excellent views to the north and south along the beach. There is also a picnic area near here with picnic tables and a restroom. The main route follows a sandy path between two fenced-off areas (the one to the north protecting snowy plover habitat) and leads onto the beach. From here, views extend south to Point Sal and north to Point San Luis. The mouth of Oso Flaco Creek, which drains the lake, lies just to the south of here.

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3 months ago

A great walk through a variety of settings, both fresh water and the ocean. Dolphins, seals, raccoon, fish jumping and a variety of birds. The beach is gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike. beautiful. usually hardly anyone on the beach.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Still great spot, take trail to the ocean

hiking
4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Awesome trail.
Beach gets really windy, love it!

walking
7 months ago

Very beautiful, takes you right onto the beach.

birding
7 months ago

Beautiful day for a nature walk. This is an easy walk to the ocean with plenty to see and lots to read about the area.

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hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This is one of my favorite places to visit. I'm very surprised of how well the lake is doing in this drought

Monday, November 07, 2016

Absolutely relaxing hike! we'll do it again near summer

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Lovely place to relax, takes you through the trees,on a little bridge above water and ends on a secluded beach where you can just be you and your thoughts.
Bathrooms access at the beginning of the trail (there was no parking fee when we went), and another one closer to the beach.