Rio Del Mar Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Rio Del Mar Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Aptos, California that offers scenic views 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.

6.0 miles
561 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking

trail running




27 days ago

As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not so much a trail as a literal walk on the beach. It really is a wonderful place, though, with a seemingly endless, wide open expanse of sand, big surf, and tall cliffs that are dotted with coastal pine, oak, and eucalyptus trees. Often times the cliffs open up into small sandy coves, or little dry inlets, areas with soft grass and sometimes flowers, and large pieces of driftwood that make great places to sit, where friends and I have camped and had bonfires. The best thing about this place is that it is absolutely ok to have your (friendly!) dog off leash. Rangers often drive the beach, and none have ever stopped me with my pit bull mix running around chasing her ball into the waves. She loves to swim here, and it really tires her out, which is so nice, as there aren’t many places in this county where your dog can get that much freedom to play. If you are so inclined, as far as I can tell, you could walk along this beach for miles and miles. I have seen seals, otters, whales, dolphins, all kinds of seabirds, crabs, jellyfish, and this is also a great place for collecting shells and sand dollars. Leave your car in the Seascape Resort parking lot and take their trailhead down if you need access for someone differently-abled. A true gem of a place we are so lucky to have.

5 months ago

It is a walk along the beach, not a hike. It is a very nice beach to walk on though! Not crowded, at all. Other people had dogs on the beach. The water as nice. Got to see a lot of birds, crabs, and some whales. The beach had many sand dollars as well if you're into that.

7 months ago

Not a hike - it's on the beach bit nice boardwalk

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Love walking/ running here!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016