Pismo Dunes

EASY 8 reviews
#4 of 5 trails in

Pismo Dunes 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.

2.4 miles
29 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

trail running




wild flowers


7 months ago

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!

11 months ago

Definitely fun

Friday, June 09, 2017

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

off road driving
Monday, May 02, 2016

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

Saturday, April 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.

off road driving
Friday, August 11, 2017

off road driving
Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, May 27, 2012