West Ranch Bluff Trail

EASY 37 reviews

West Ranch Bluff Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cambria, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is actually a pair of parallel trails - one is along the upper edge, the other along the bluffs. Both offer spectacular ocean views. The trails are primarily boardwalks, some places hard dirt. It is ADA accessable and leashed dogs are allowed. There are also several smaller trails in the immediate area. The buff trail meanders along about 40' above the ocean. In the spring there is an abundance of wildflowers. There are several benches located along the path. Each bench is an unique piece of art and offers views of the ocean. There is parking at both ends of the trails. Each is 1 mile out, so you can do both trails in 2 miles. The paths are well used by locals. Also on Windsor you will pass Shamel Park, a nice county park with a swimming pool (seasonal) and beach access. The beach here (AKA Moonstone Beach) is not sand, but tiny pebbles. You can picnic here before or after your leisurely walk.

8 days ago

Nice, easy, fast walking trail(s). Pick your route for how long you want to hike.

3 months ago

Great views, awesome benches along the way, flowers, seals...makes it easy to walk and not think about the actual walk itself not

hiking
5 months ago

This was an easy hike, almost a walk. Enjoyed the mix of forest and bluffs. The forest section is quiet and peaceful, not heavily trafficked. The bluff section has more foot traffic but the coastal views are amazing, especially on a clear day. There are numerous custom styled benches along the bluffs where you can sit for a bit and just enjoy the views. This is almost the same exact trail as the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, but has slight variations and seems to be a little shorter. The starting point on this trail also differs and is probably better in terms of the parking situation. This trail starts you off at the bluffs, while the other trail starts you off near the forest.

trail running
6 months ago

Breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean and hills with rainbow hues of succulents. The trail is running over wood slats and depending on when you run/hike, you need to watch for walkers with dogs. I’m definitely going back!

hiking
9 months ago

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

This is a great preserve to explore. Trails through the woods, meadows, and along the bluffs above the ocean. We added on the neighborhoods north and south of the open land to look for our "dream home!"

walking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Great place to take the dog... and search for geocaches.

walking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREAT walk with awesome views!

hiking
Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy trail with excellent views! Loved it for an easy walk with the dog.

hiking
Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Fiscalini Ranch Reserve trail is my favorite hiking trail in all of San Luis Obispo, you have so many trails the cross into each other that it is wonderful to hop on to another trail in so many directions. I like starting from the beach side and hiking up into the beautiful forest. Cambria is the town of beautiful trees and this trail is so beautiful everywhere you go. Pack a lunch because you can sit in any if the beautiful benches near the cliffs and in the forest. I highly recommend this trail for anybody year round. They is beautiful because of the flowers are everywhere and the forest is clean and smells like pine everywhere, it here

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