Explore the most popular hiking trails near Avila Beach with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

had the best time and amazing views on this hike!

Good hike, I parked at Bob Jones walked about 3/4 of a mile turned at sycamore mineral springs then up to the crest. 4.5 Miles round trip if you do it that way. Good hike.

Excellent view at the top

Beautiful accessible hike!

1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL view but the cave has been graffitied a lot :( It was an easy hike and I had a baby in a carrier on. As far as the other reviews stated I don’t think you would see anyone from the nude beach unless you are looking, it’s in a different direction than the cave.

Easy trail. Lots of bikes on the path so be careful they don't always watch out for pedestrians. We loved the half way point there is a nice market if you get hungry.
End of the road you get to Avila beach. Altogether round trip its about 10k. Very manageable and fun!

This is a steep hike at first. There is a bench about half way up to rest. It is a great workout and it is gorgeous. I took my 6yo with me and she was able to do it carefully with my guidance. The view at the top is well worth it. I can't wait to do this trail when the whales are around. There is usually a swing or 2 at the top. They do get moved around.
We usually park in the Bob Jones and walk that trail then cross the bridge to do this one or have someone drop you off. It is not worth being towed.

hiking
1 month ago

I honestly don’t think this is kid friendly at all, pirates is a college kid/nude beach hang out. Don’t know if I’d want my kids around that tbh. With that being said, as a college kid it’s a great place to meet people and hang out, really pretty and it’s a nice little hike to the beach. I haven’t been in the caves yet so I can’t say much about that.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the cave. I wish people would respect nature and not vandalize it. There is some graffiti on the rocks and in the cave but it was still beautiful being above the ocean on cliffs looking out.

Brought my 6 year old a long, good hike

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike with a amazing view! I would totally do this trail again.

This is another option to the Sycamore Crest Trail, with a shorter, but more strenuous incline at the start of your hike up to the ridge. The breathtaking views make it all worth it!

I LOVE this hike AND the gorgeous views it offers!

nice fairly level trail that is paved. it wonders from the ontario rd park and ride and is a round trip to Avila beach. there is a nice cafe along the way. the views are nice and there are signs that explain items of interest. about 5 plus miles. watch for bicycle riders saying on the left, they will be passing you.

Well worth the effort, especially considering how close it is to civilization.

a great trail for biking walking and with stroller.
Mid point of out and back is Avila Beach with nice shops and eateries.
Custom House patio is good for lunch or dinner.

Amazing views on this hike.
It was a pretty good workout too....

love this hike. gorgeous views

great place to walk your dogs

Love this place. Perfect for biking

road biking
4 months ago

Great bike and walk trail

very easy bike trail perfect for young kids. there is evidently a farm to eat at the eat end of trail but was closed for the season.

Fantastic views! Good morning hike.

great walk along this trail, which is well paved and easy to navigate. plenty of restaurants at the end and great views of the ocean.

Wish it were longer!

hiking
6 months ago

Worth it and nice view.

Super steep hike but the view at the top is well worth it. Not a long hike but steep.

Always love this path for walking and biking.

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