Piedras Blancas Point to San Simeon Cove

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Piedras Blancas Point to San Simeon Cove is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Simeon, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

walking

beach

views

no dogs

hiking
5 months ago

super easy trail for all skill levels, definitely not moderate as listed. but it was a very good hike with great views

5 months ago

Beautiful spot to see a lot of wildlife away from tourists, there was no one else on the trail when we were there... but I pulled off about 25-30 ticks from my sandals and legs as they began crawling up my body.

It was unbelievable how many ticks there were, I've never in my entire life seen such an infestation.

6 months ago

This trail is a little close to the road for my taste. Obviously it's not a very trafficked stretched (especially with Big Sur mostly closed off at this time) but it was less than ideal. However, the views -- particularly on the latter half, north of the lighthouse -- were spectacular and if you're into seals there are tons of fairly close views of them. There were not many people on the second half, even on Memorial Day weekend.

The parking lot is north of the popular seal viewing spot, and is marked with a blue Vista Point sign and on Google Maps it is labeled "Friends of the Elephant Seals." You can't really see the lot from the road.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Great views of wildlife

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Catherine is correct - go to the parking lot just north of the main one. The trail is easy, with the exception of a wooden bridge over a ravine. Shouldn't be an issue unless you are over 60 and have balance issues. We hiked this in mid-August and it was nearly deserted. Great views of pristine coastlines and beaches, as well as the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Basically flat - little to no elevation on this trail, but surface is uneven. This hike is well worth it!

hiking
Monday, January 05, 2015

Midway on this trail there is a parking lot along Hwy 1 where all the buses stop for tourists to view the elephant seals. Go to the next parking lot just north of here and follow the trail north towards Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Here the bluffs are nearly deserted except for the hords of elephants seals on the shoreline. The spring flowers were amazing in 2013, but a return trip in fall of 2014 found the vegetation severely affected buy the drought.