Pismo Dunes [CLOSED] is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oceano, 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: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

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

ohv/off road driving
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

lovely old eucalyptus trees to the east of the dunes. you can sit on the low branches and some dried out logs. the dunes are particularly beautiful and the beach is nice and wide, so it doesn't feel crowded even when it's busy. gonna make a point of coming here with my pup every time I get the chance.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
11 months ago

Fri Feb 09 2018

Reading other reviews, it sounds like folks are not hiking the trail, but are starting from the Dunes entrance and simply walking along the open sands with all the vehicle traffic. If you look carefully at the map AllTrails provides, you'll see dotted trail lines above the bold red line... This is the actual trail which follows the contours of the rolling dunes! Park at Fins Seafood restaurant just before the vehicle paying dunes entrance, cross the street at the driveway into the parking lot and look for the sandy trailhead wooden marker directly across from Fins' parking lot entrance. This is where you want to do the hike! This trail is a great choice on a warm day where you can enjoy the cool ocean air, mist and views. Horse riders also use this trail - often in the mornings - so be on the lookout for their fresh (large!) droppings on the sandy path! Unfortunately the trail (and the area around the dunes in general) is host to a number of homeless camps where I see more trash than almost elsewhere in the 5 Cities area. When I remember, I bring along a plastic bag to collect and dispose of whatever garbage I can carry out. Nevertheless, this still a beautiful, accessible trail choice for an easy hike, especially at sunset!

Sat Sep 30 2017

Definitely fun

hiking
Fri Jun 09 2017

Hard to get to and most of the area is restricted access

ohv/off road driving
Mon May 02 2016

beautiful views! great for off roading. we found lots of sand dollars on the beach!

hiking
Sat Apr 12 2014

As far as hiking goes, there's not too much going on here. Most people come to park along the beachfront and sit out to enjoy the view (which means you have to continuously walk past parked cars looking out at you) or to buggy the dunes. If you park near Grover Beach, you can access a trail through the dunes heading south, but it's mostly used by horsebackers, so it tends to be littered with horse crap everywhere. The Guadalupe Dunes a little further south are much more interesting to explore on foot.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

walking
Tue Feb 19 2019

ohv/off road driving
Fri Aug 11 2017

ohv/off road driving
Mon Nov 16 2015

Sun May 27 2012