Shell Beach Bluffs Walking Path

EASY 30 reviews

Shell Beach Bluffs Walking Path is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Pismo Beach, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
1135 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




The description on this hike is misleading. Ontario ridge trail (El portal & Shell beach road) is not stroller friendly since it starts with an incline with shale. The majority of the trail is shale lined & it’s mainly uphill. If you take the trail behind the homes, it’s maintained & a different terrain. Scenic ocean views & cute swing for selfies.

25 days ago

Very cool app! I can’t wait to use this wherever I travel!

3 months ago

Giving it a 4+ because of the awesome views of coast. Hike is not hard. Pretty short but some pretty steep sections. Take a camera

5 months ago

A little steep on each end for hobbits, an easy trek for elves. But very scenic.

9 months ago

Very beautiful trail. Paved most of the way. Has different routes you can take.

Monday, August 01, 2016

We added this trail to another one that starts from Avila Springs hotel (parked there), then came back by Bluff Trail. with all its nice villas. We also descended the hill to Pirates Cove and that was the worst part, stones rollings everywhere I thought I was going to strain an ankle! Very nice views from the crest!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nice vistas of the ocean and the pier. Eroding in some sections and a steep decent down to Pirates Cove

Sunday, May 01, 2016

beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

great moderate hike. has some steep parts that can kick an out of shape butt like mine but the views are unmatched. nice little swing to soak it all in at the top of the mountain overlooking the water too. going down the back way by pirates cove is like going down a free fall because its almost straight down but overall a good hike.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Great Hike up the ridge .. Awesome views .. Steep sections at times , but very doable ..

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nice hike with the family! Beautiful views:)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

was so diappointed. the GPS took us thru a neighborhood and to a couldesac. we parked and headed on the trail (access road?) but we're soon stopped by a locked gate. am I missing something? help!

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Bluffs area of Shell Beach and its walking path is a perfect warm-up walk for the hike up what my partner and I call 'hell hill' (above Pirate's Cove parking area) which leads to the top of one of the best views of Avila Beach all the way south towards Point Sal. Hell Hill is a stair stepping climb of a hill of approx 400+ yards. At the top, the trail to the left is a loop that will shunt you into the Sycamore Mineral Springs route on a rather rough trail. The trails to the right and forward will lead you to well maintained Sycamore Springs trail or you can keep heading right and uphill along the ridge towards the Microwave WiFi Stations and then you are on the so called "Twin Peaks Trail" actually it is officially the Ontario Ridge trail/loop on a map. You can begin the Ontario- Twin Peaks loop at the corner of El Portal Drive and Shell Beach Road. It's a killer climb that way too. Your reward is the view; and the views are spectacular, and of course, a great workout. Make sure you take plenty of water and have a great pair of hiking boots/shoes. I've seen people walking with flip-flops on and this really is NOT the hike to flip-flop around on.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PERFECT trail for beginning hikers to advanced "strollers" lol. Amazing views of not only the ocean but multi million dollar houses.

You can access pirates cove from this trail by ascending the large hill to your right after you've gone as far as you can go on the paved section. There is actually a secluded bench on the top of this hill that's perfect for catching breathtaking views. Stroller and kid friendly.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Easy walk on paved pathway. Nice for a pleasant stroll but certainly not a hike. Great views though.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Wouldn't really call this a hiking "trail", as most of it is paved. but it still has nice views and would be good for first timers or kids

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