Sweet Springs Nature Preserve Loop

EASY 6 reviews

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve Loop is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

  • 001
    Sweet Springs Trailhead
    35.32047, -120.84169
  • 002
    Trail junction
    35.32083, -120.84161
  • 003
    Trail junction near bridge
    35.32154, -120.84172
  • 004
    Trail junction
    35.32172, -120.84312
  • 005
    Viewing platform
    35.32217, -120.84308
hiking
1 day ago

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a small, 24-acre nature preserve managed by the Morro Coast Audubon Society. The semi-loop trail through the Preserve is only about 0.6 miles, but packs in a lovely eucalyptus grove, stands of Monterey cypress, and sublime views out over the Morro Bay Estuary. Wooden bridges take you over Sweet Springs Creek, a small freshwater stream that empties into the estuary. It's a great place for birding, and you're likely to see snowy egrets, great blue herons, and other shorebirds. You can also see western pond turtles in Sweet Springs Creek. The trail is very short and there are no developed facilities here, but it's a nice place for a short walk and is suitable for hiking year-round.

2 months ago

9 months ago

This is a short trail, but scenic. You are surrounded by eucalyptus trees. There is a nice bridge, spots to sit and enjoy the view overlooking Morro Bay, and birds in the background. It is a peaceful and refreshing stroll after a long day or week.

11 months ago

Trail is a strong word for Sweet Springs. It is, however, a great place for a short leisurely stroll and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery Los Osos has to offer.

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2012

Well laid out community nature trail. Lots of nature combined in a small space, water, views, woodlands, bird watching. The trail leads out to a pier with seats so you can watch the birds in the estuary.