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Sand Dunes Bluff Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, 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.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 534 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

Easy dune trail with multiple route options. Great bluff views of the ocean or you can access the beach at some points

3 months ago

Absolutely incredible!! You’ll see some very unique stone textures, as if they’ve been melted! Loved walking along the Pacific Ocean. Sea lions!! Easy, flat walk on natural terrain and loose, small rock. Completed in Jan 2020. We stepped off trail, where the trail comes very close to the end he and watched dramatic displays of crashing waves. Absolutely spectacular place to visit. I’d you’re here, that means you have the pleasure of being in northern Cali coast. Enjoy the many wonders!

no shade
off trail
8 months ago

Thu May 18 2017

So beautiful!

Fri Nov 06 2015

A very easy over four mile trail along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean. There is a four foot wide gravel trail about ten feet from the bluff's edge that you can use. This path is used allot by the resident trail runners, bikers, and exercise walkers. Then there is the trail that runs right up to the edge of the bluffs. The views of the waves crashing against the bluffs and rocks below are just mesmerizing. There are so many whites, blues, and turquoises. Always changing with the crash of the waves. This is just a beautiful place and a photographers paradise. I had real hard time just to keeping walking and not stopping all the time to take that better picture. About a mile into the trail you come to the only access to the beach on this trail. It leads you down to tide pools that form in the rocks at low tide. The North end entrance of the trail begins at Spooner's Cove. A large beach area that you have to swim, sun bath, and launch your kayak. The bluff trail is located in the Montana de Oro State Park. This is a trail you can travel in an hour and a half, or spend hours looking at the beauty that had been given us. A must see.

Mon Feb 17 2014

Too beautiful to be true!!!! The sunset was amazinnngggg. Definitely coming back on a weekly basis!

Fri Aug 16 2013

Hiked part of this on my honeymoon. We didn't do much of the trail since it was really cold and windy. But what we did do was pretty neat. Very sandy. Lots of trees and birds. There were several different options you could take and I would love to go back and explore more. We got pretty winded for the climb that we did do, though. I imagine you could get a pretty good workout here if you want.

Fri Jul 20 2012

I followed the dune trail for awhile then took one of the routes down to the beach. It's very rocky down there but isolated with awesome tidal pools. Very hot and sandy. Bring hat, water, and sunscreen

Fri Feb 03 2012

Great hike especially if you like the beach.Trail runs along the bluffs with a couple places to get to the beach.Saw some whales migrating by .

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