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San Simeon Bay Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Simeon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This trail starts with a beach walk and then a walk among the trees with periodic access to the beach. Lots of little hidden walkways to see the beautiful Pacific ocean.

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Reviews (310)
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Chris Kuryak
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HikingGreat!

Really enjoyed this hike. It's easy but varied in terrain and keeps you interested. The walk through the wind-breaking trees along the cliff (past the peninsula) was my favorite part. Went on a Tuesday morning. Only saw one other person the whole time.

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Jo P
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HikingGreat!

The hike has a great view, it trails along side the ocean. The trail starts on the beach maybe a 5 minute walk. Some cool rocks you can go down to at the tip of the peninsula.

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Namaste Faustino
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Hiking

I modified the hike a bit because I wanted to get over 5 miles in. I parked in a lookout area about a mile before the San Simeon pier. When I got to the pier area, where the hike is supposed to start, I couldn't find any kind of signs directing me to a trail. I made my way down to some kind of market, looked around, lots of Private Property signs, and finally I found what looked like a trail. Truly gorgeous views of the harbor, lots of shady trees along the path. I stuck to the most obvious path going under the trees for a bit. Then I decided to walk another path I found next to the cliffs. Ha! This is not for the faint of heart. In a couple of places, the path was so close to the edge, with such a steep drop, that I considered that I might not have made the best decision. If you take the path along the edge, all I can say is hold onto the plants, when you have to, because one slip and it really is over. The trail ends in a wide open area with amazing coastal views. I did this on a Wednesday afternoon in September 2020. At the very beginning of the trail, I ran into some people, but within 1/2 a mile, it was just me the cliffs, trees and empty beach. Not a hard hike, definitely more of a walk along kind of thing but I still got over 5 miles in =)

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Carolina White
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Diana Tom
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Hiking

Long, but worth it!

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Joshua Hernandez
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Aurelia Moore
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Snowshoeing

Somewhat of an easy trail. A big part of the trail is shaded by large eucalyptus and cypress trees. Last quarter to half mile before turning around is not shaded and has some sand. Beautiful views of the ocean, tide pools and cliffs. Saw a bunch of otters. Thumbs up for sure!

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John Knemeyer
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail. Beautiful surroundings. Sometimes the trail, or short off-shoots, were right along the beach cliff. If you don't keep your eyes on path, you could easily walk right off the cliff.

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Harsh Parikh
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Hiking

The walk to the trail is first through the beach, which is a bit annoying, but it clears up. Beautiful views throughout. Great large trees. Great trial!

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Anu Bharadwaj
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Not really much of a trail - beach walk and then a walk among the trees with periodic access to the beach. Too many flies for my liking, but the views were pretty great. Definitely not a trail you want to do if you’re trying to get a workout

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Sharon Lutz
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HikingGreat!

No bears, no snakes just a beautiful hike! Have a glass of wine afterwards for a perfect day.

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Kelly Hair
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Hiking

Awesome

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Ralph Hanna
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HikingGreat!

Great walk, sea and trees. Little stretches of sand.

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Brooke Williams
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HikingGreat!

This was amazing! The views and all the little hidden walkways to see the beautiful Pacific were great!

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Sheree Torres
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Veronika Garcia
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HikingGreat!

Lovely trail. wildfires going on around the area but the air is not bad there.

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Veronika Garcia
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HikingGreat!
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Dennis Vertiyev
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Kat Amsinger
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Hiking

Lots of shade, side trails to explore. When we got to the end point there were harbor seals swimming in the kelp that’s were very curious to see our faces and kept popping up to the surface to look at us :-)

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Lisa Chilikoff
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Hiking

This is a great running trail! You will get sand in your shoes. Beautiful scenery as well as cool breeze is blowing off the ocean. Enjoy

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Julieann Lopez
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HikingGreat!
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Jaime Torres
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Good

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Stuart Zimmerman
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Hiking

One of the best coastal trails ever

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sandy kristy
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Hiking

This trail is truly a gem! The views of picturesque San Simeon are unparalleled. And it’s so cool to go from the beach to the eucalyptus groves to the cliffside views. Actually one great thing is that the landscape keeps changing but always in an incredible and enchanting way. This is for sure an enchanted forest! One negative note, but exciting! so at near the turnaround point, the apex, it becomes overgrown a little and you don’t know exactly which way the path is. My friend says, “this is rattlesnake country.” And then I couldn’t believe it, 2 minutes later we see a rattlesnake right in the middle of the trail and of course turn around immediately. We didn’t see the rattle but it had all of the other identifying traits. And then, we saw another snake almost right after! Not a rattlesnake. So in summary this is an amazing trail with incredible beach views, but be aware of snakes, and know what to do in the unlikely circumstance you are bitten!

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Angel Cervantes
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Hiking

Trail was awesome! Many different spots to go down to the water. The weather is perfect as always at the beach. Fun activity and get away. If you want to see a video: https://youtu.be/t5BKeKQwZDY

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Shannon Bell
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! We went past the forested area and the trail was a lot more dense and overgrown. We had two kids and two dogs. We found 5 ticks altogether so far (2 on the dog). Dogs have frontline and we wore pants. Just don’t forget your tick repellent. No regrets for the beauty, only that we should have sprayed ourselves before we left.

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kristen curcio
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HikingGreat!

Perfect easy hike. The views are stunning. It gets crowded so at times mask is necessary. No issues with bugs or bears. Wonderful family friendly trail.

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Jessica Plummer
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful, easy out & back trail along the ocean. The stunning views are well worth a visit! There’s lots of parking spots in the lot and a bathroom area (4 single unisex bathrooms total). You’re welcome ladies!

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Starts on the beach where it gets a little busy during the weekends. Once on the trial it’s easy to physically distance. Amazing views of the bay, San Simeon pier and small ‘secret’ pathways leading to the bluffs overlooking the ocean. There is great wine bar/food truck Sebastian with ocean view right next to the start of the trial but it requires a small detour to main route to enter

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