San Simeon Bay Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

San Simeon Bay Trail is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near San Simeon, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
229 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

2 days ago

Easy hike. Very pretty wild flowers

hiking
15 days ago

Stunningly beautiful views from this trail. Moderate effort.

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing trail. The views are outstanding, and seeing the elephant seals in the culmination of the trail was a nice bonus.

The beginning is somewhat tricky to find. If you walk towards the end of the beach, you will see a trail on the right leading up the hill. Head up there and walk along the fence and you will get to the main trail.

1 month ago

Breathtaking

hiking
1 month ago

We happened to go on a foggy day. Took away from the overall views from the different vista points. Overall, the hike was nice. Kid friendly with a lot of places to stop to enjoy the view, if it was clear. We will be back to try it again on a clearer day.

2 months ago

Just gorgeous, great vistas on this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail!! Lots of fun ways to access vista points and beach access. At the end of the trail we sat and watched 12 elephant seals on the beach coming in from the ocean

A must trail to do. Easy way to find the trail head is to go to the start of the pier and turn right to the beach

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous mix of forest and ocean/coastal scenery. Small places where you can climb down to the ocean. Highly recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done

6 months ago

Wonderful hike offering tons of great views. Many different terrains from walking on the beach, into the dense forest of pines, out onto the bluffs above the ocean and across rolling fields to the point offering a great view of the entire landscape for miles on either side. Finished hike with a trip to the Hearst winery across the parking mot for wine and cheese in the afternoon sun.

walking
7 months ago

I've done this one many times and love to return for a quiet walk with beach, trees, ocean views, etc. Just a lovely walk.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike, about half was in the trees with peekaboo views of the ocean. The trail had several tree lined picturesque views. It was relatively flat except for the areas where you had to walk through the sand. Pet owners were disappointing when they had their dogs unleashed and not under voice control.
We would recommend walking to the end of the trail as there are more beautiful beach and ocean vistas to see. It was a comfortable walk of about 1hour 45 minutes with stops for pictures and water.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail, took my family and had a blast, good enough to get in a work out but easy enough for my kids to keep up. The views are amazing and the little beach at the end is a nice relaxing spot, water is clear and sand is beautiful. Highly recommend it.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail! Fun for all ages! Took my 4 year old, 8 year old, and 11 year old and they loved it! Went along with my husband, my brother in law, my brother and sister as well. It was not difficult, we went through some paths that required extra caution but avoiding those areas makes it a very easy trail. It's long enough to get good steps in and the views are amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful landscape with few people on the trail. Elephant seals were hanging out at the coffee at the end and even a deer was chilling on the bluffs.

Did it barefoot and it was quite enjoyable for the most part. A lot of thistles and poison ivy on the beginning and a few red and colonies hear the end, but a very nice walk nonetheless.

walking
11 months ago

This was a great way to spend a a few hours. The beginning of this trail is a little bit difficult to find but when you find it the reward is amazing. There is a sense of peace and serenity as you walk this beautiful trail. There is a feeling of being in the deep forest yet you look to the left and see the crystal blue ocean. I highly recommend this unforgettable hike to anyone that has forgotten how beautiful California is. Great family hike.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Great hike ... lots of great views and it's a very easy for all skill levels. Best part we got to see lots of elephant seal at the end of the trail..

Thursday, April 20, 2017

There is no official name for this hike whatsoever..... I only found it because a local directed me to it. Otherwise you park, see no signs and are confused. When you find it, however, it's amazingly beautiful!! Like no hike I've ever been on!!

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Great views. Easy for first timers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

great trail, kind of hard at start in locating start of trail. best to park by the pier.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beautiful hike! Great views of wildlife.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Gorgeous

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great easy hike. Dog friendly and beautiful views.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Easy, safe footing. Very scenic. Differing gorgeous views.

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Great views and amazing moment for pictures. The walk was easy.

hiking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Truly a beautiful part of the California coast! I've been all up and down CA, this location was truly majestic! I hiked on a Tuesday during spring break. I only saw a few folks on the trail and most went to the first point and turned around. I spent a total of 2 hours on the trail exploring with my dog, for an entire hour I didn't see anyone!

There's a fantastic little food stop by the park. They even had wine!

The beach wasn't crowded at all. A few families were set up for a beach day and that's it. Some folks were fishing off the pier and some were kayaking. I saw dolphins swimming by the point too! I highly recommend this easy trail for novice and experienced hikers for the scenery alone! Not much for a hard workout though.

I plan on returning to the area again with my kids.

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Great trail once we worked out where the trail started.

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What a nice trail.With the coastline on my left and coastal plains to my right this trail was outstanding! Wild sealife, tidepools, eucalyptus and pine trees make this hike a great one. The grand Pacific ocean, cloud formations above the horizon and the sunsets are breathtaking.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

On the return hike, heading southeast, when returning from the open range area, when you first arrive at the Cypress Tree groves, turn left and follow the treeline, for a shortcut back to the Hearst Beach. It will save you a couple miles. You can disregard any "Private Property of Hearst Corp." signs. A local hiker told me that their club marked the "Treeline Trail" shortcut in 2014, but Hearst employees took down those markers and put up the "Private Property" signs in response. Apparently a message "you can hike the beautiful trails, but don't post any signs".

hiking
Friday, August 08, 2014

Trail was full of surprises. Every corner produced more visual beauty than the last. The trail was full of variation. Rocky sea cliffs to sandy beach to wooded groves and dense trees. It was overall a good, easy hike to enjoy God's beautiful creation on the central coast of California. We where camping at San Simeon State park which was close.

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