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

No better place to watch the sunset.

Pretty steep climb but the view of the ocean is spectacular!

Love this place. Perfect for biking

hiking
21 hours ago

Excellent workout and great views of coastline.

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

Beautiful trails with sweeping views of the ocean below.

Amazing views.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike with great views. Plenty of beaches as you keep going.

If you start at sunrise it offers shade
We saw a rattlesnake and some cottontail bunnies
Nice for the whole family
May want to mountain bike next time

Very nice, a must do route in the Bay Area.
Start with a nice hike down to the town of Stinson Beach, which is a great place to take a break and grab some coffee or a meal. After your break you can burn it all off on the hike back up the trail.

Crowded but beautiful with tide pools down by the beach.

The description on this hike is misleading. Ontario ridge trail (El portal & Shell beach road) is not stroller friendly since it starts with an incline with shale. The majority of the trail is shale lined & it’s mainly uphill. If you take the trail behind the homes, it’s maintained & a different terrain. Scenic ocean views & cute swing for selfies.

Nice hike, especially with the cool, cloudy day. Some steep areas. My kids hiked it easily, though my dog was too fat to easily get down the rocks to the beach. Great views. Lots of trash, and too many people didn't pick up after their dogs.

cool hike.. the narrow canyon is amazing !

hiking
3 days ago

Not easy for people who have a harder time getting around (small children, older people.) Very pretty once you get to the bottom. A little bit of tide pool life. Very very rocky and hard to get around. Overall cute short hike.

backpacking
3 days ago

crazy uphills, amazing views and perfect campsites. be careful of buffalo and give them space. keep those pack weights low and glide up those hills ;).

trail running
3 days ago

Very steep and challenging but 100% worth it.

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