San Simeon Nature Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cambria, 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.
dogs on leash
This was a challenging trail to locate. The path we took was 2.5 miles so what I"m reviewing is clearly not quite this trail. We began at the Washburn parking lot on the boardwalk. When the trail arrived at the road, we crossed it and went to the trail on the right (a "trail" sign near by). Another option was to not cross the road and pick up another trail that began with an informative sign next to this outlet. Neither trail was marked with a name so we were guessing. Without our phones to show us a good map, we guessed wrong and shouldn't have crossed the road. Picking up the trail across the road, we headed up the trail which follows the road to the campground (although you don't see it) As we were heading in the direction of the campground, we found a Y in the trail, and we opted to stay on the "main" trail going up the hill. (It turns out that other trail in the Y was the outlet of our loop) We arrived at the outer northern edge (left side) of the campground and continued along until we reached the far end. Rather than circling the campground and going south, we veered off to the left (north) to venture down into the creek area. Our trail had a sense of disuse but that was due to the overgrowth from a great winter. Occasionally we came across park signs which encouraged us. Always bearing to the left, we completed the loop, 2.5 miles, eventually finding the other part of the Y. WARNING: there was a lot of poison ivy present. Fortunately, it seemed it was ever only on 1 side of the trail and we were able to avoid contact. It was a great hike, easy with a steady climb (25 floors on the fitbit) but such a great sense of nature, the shaded forest, the open hillsides....nice variety.