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.

It’s a great trail for all ages. I had foot surgery in Jan and this was my first time completing the trail since (now aug). Shaded in the morning and afternoon. We try to shoot for 2 pm when the weather is nice in the summer. This trail is paved and will take you all the way to Avila Beach. It’s great for walking, biking, jogging, kids, dogs and adults.

Best views in town!

An amazing trail for my two year old. I was able to run 2.5 miles as she was entertained by the scenery (bunnies, birds). She was able to play at Avila beach playground before heading back on the trail.

1 month ago

U have to use a rope to get down the beach and the breeze towards the cave is nice. Was about to go through the top area of the cave however we ran into a garter snake, looks full grown and decided not to go. Usually bad luck (superstitious beliefs)

Such a great feeling finally making it to the top! I did this with my mom and parked at the Avila village market to avoid towing in sycamore springs. We caught the Bob Jones trail then cut over to sycamore springs to start the trail. It was a steep trail almost the entire time but the breeze on top felt so amazing! Had some amazing views of Avila, but sad that I didn’t find the swing that has been up there normally. This was a great hike and a great leg work out!

This time I went up on the 101 side and then down to pirates back to the 101 through the fire trail and neighborhood. 2.90 miles total. Great views and a good workout.

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I were out at Port SLO for kayaking, but when we got there, the kayak rentals were closing due to a high wind advisory. He and I hopped back in the car and figured we'd scope out a hiking trail nearby (this is how I found the All Trails app). Sycamore Crest came up and being that it wasn't far from where we were at all, we figured we'd give it a go. Parking is tricky because behind the Sycamore Springs resort is where the trail starts, but there were signs all over that said "Guest Parking Only" we found a spot that was more out of the way and figured we'd chance it since the trailhead says 3/4 mile and the trail is marked as moderate. Boy, we felt out of shape at first, the trail starts out steep and continues that way. Luckily, there is a shaded bench about halfway up the climb. The views are amazing and the plants and flowers that surround (this time of year at least; early June) were beautiful. When we got to the top, the ocean view is just as you'd picture. Heading back was awesome because it's all down-hill. We couldn't help but trot/jog back. My car was still there, no ticket. Woohoo! Great trail, would do again...and would also bring more water. Ha! It's a good work-out trail for leg day.

Nice, relatively flat paved trail. Lots of foot and bike traffic wasn’t a problem. Good size parking lot at trail head. Open sections without shade were warmer than expected.

Great trail, and a good view of the ocean!

2 months ago

Great hike led by PGE docents! Lighthouse tour was great as well!

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!

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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

6 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....

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