hiking
22 days ago

Easy boardwalk trail with breathtaking views of the ocean on one side and adorable hotel zone on the other. About a mile in take the stairs down to the tide pools and rock formations. Stones and driftwood creations on the beach are a treat.

not really a trail but fun. lots of poison oak

road biking
1 month ago

Excellent time to do some road biking in the Cambria area with a pandemic there’s little to no traffic on the roads the weather’s been really nice I highly recommend coming up and give it a try

Nice easy walk, but good idea to bring cool/cold weather layers! I have been on this trail during different times of the year and it is always very windy along the bluffs. With that said, the preserve is well maintained and the views are gorgeous. Lots of local wildlife and plant life to enjoy. Many unique and beautiful benches to sit and enjoy the view. As of April 3, 2020, there are signs to direct walking traffic in a one-way direction so that people are less likely to have to pass each other on the trails. The few people we saw were all mindful of social distancing and gave each other plenty of space. So grateful to have such a beautiful place to still walk and enjoy nature- it does wonders for both the body and soul! A heartfelt thank you to all of the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve for all of your hardwork and dedication!

Really fun to make a loop out of this hike, taking the boardwalk in one direction and the beach back in the other. Very popular trail, but with good reason. Super cool windblown trees, so many wildflowers, wildlife (seals, ground squirrels), and the beach is stunning - covered in gorgeous colorful pebbles. Free parking multiple locations. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful walk. I recommend going during low tide. About half way you can get to beach and check out tide pools. Will do this walk/hike again

hiking
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over grown
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Started at North end of trail, and ran down the Boardwalk to Moonstone Beach. Interesting sites to see which is why I videoed it for my Youtube Channel. Beautiful beach to have picnic on too!

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice boardwalk trail on the bluffs above the beaches and rocky surf. There are many access points to beaches and several viewpoints. Parking lots are easy, free and paved. You can also just pull over along Moonstone Beach Drive and access the trail from multiple points.

Lovely trail through varied grassland, forests and wetlands with interpretive signage. Park at free day use and spend some time on the beach too.

As other reviewers have said, this is a very accessible (we saw an elderly woman on it with a walker) boardwalk trail that parallels Moonstone Beach Drive. There are many staircases down to the beach and platforms from which to enjoy the beach views. It ends in a park and small beach. It is lovely trail in a charming town - I recommend it!

This is more of a boardwalk than a trail, but that being said, it is one of my favorite places to stop on my way up or down the California coast. It is beautiful any time of day, but you’ll need a sweater or windbreaker with that ocean breeze. It is hardly a long walk, but still delightful. Dogs are welcome on the boardwalk, but have recently been banned from the beach. So if you plan to climb the stairs to the water, plan to leave your four-legged friends behind. The beach is famous for having tiny stones that crunch beneath your feet instead of the usual sand, including chalcedony (often mistaken for moonstone) and real jade. Really a treat if you’ve never stopped here before. It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs on a long drive. But I wouldn’t call it a hike. (And there are public bathrooms and a water faucet at one end of the parking lot.)

Nice trail. Did it on Christmas Day. Goes through coastal scrubland, oak and pine woodland. Lots of informative signboards- learned a lot. Mind the poison oak.

walking
6 months ago

I loved the boardwalk under my weary legs. It was a great first trail to restart my fitness with. I recommend it highly! Easy and picturesque!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail, kid friendly, beautiful look outs to watch the sunset. Beach was very accessible off of trail. The weather was amazing. great experience

Nice scenic trail with varying terrain. Most of the trail is exposed. Lots of benches along the trail. Lots of poison oak along the trail with them growing onto the trail, especially in the areas on/by the wooden bridge.

enjoyed the hike as a whole. I just really wish the rangers would get out there and help clear the path. be cautious of ticks and poison oak.

hiking
7 months ago

Great coastal hiking. Easy access.

The main trail was maintained pretty well, and I enjoyed walking out to the beach afterwards. The varying landscapes added to the appeal.

Stunning. Easy walk, I had my 2 dogs with me, leashed dogs are welcome. Absolutely gorgeous. I stuck to the bluff walk as the wild coastline is ever changing and did I say it was gorgeous. There are driftwood benches, unique and just as beautiful as the ocean. recommend highly.

Parts of the trail were overgrown. There was a lot of poison ivy. There was also a sign warning about ticks in the area. The first part of the trail was nice. There was free coverage and a couple of wooden walkways and bridges. The rest had no coverage and was a fairly narrow path covered with broken grass which made it slippery at times.

We stayed close to Moonstone Beach so this was my daily walk. It was a beautiful walk along the ocean - I only wish I could do it everyday.

We stayed in Cambria one night in the summer of 2016, wish we had planned a few more. I had not previously heard of this town, we were on the way to big sur. I hiked the beachside boardwalk for hours. An amazingly peaceful, spiritual kind of hike. Between the moonstone beaches, the beautiful mountains to the north towards Big Sur and the eternal fog in the distance it added up to a very enchanting walk at sunset.

I don't often give 5-Star reviews, but when I do, this area is my reference point. One could spend so many hours just slowly moving from one bluff to another, from one cove to another and be awed by the tranquil yet rugged beauty that is the central California coastline. This is not a hike, it is a walk or stroll through well-maintained trails. There are plenty of places to go off the main pathway and overlook right at the edge of the bluffs. The water below is clear, the waves pound the rocks in spectacular explosions of white foam and the seals lounge around all day on these same rocks, as if they wish not to be bothered by the crashing waves. However, this is not an area of solitude. There are people and lots of them. But the crowds are subdued by the sheer beauty of the area. You'll probably just have to wait a few minutes before getting that pristine shot of the bluffs without people filling the view-finder. I love this place for what it is: nature at it's best, minus the troves of people.

What a great place to be with God! Simply spectacular!

walking
9 months ago

It's always very crowded. You won't get any solitude on this beach or it's trails. However, the views are stunning, par for the course for the central California coast. Be prepared as it can be downright cold at this beach during the summer months, coupled with the everpresent onshore breeze, a windbreaker is a must.

It was a nice, easy to moderate hike. I got to see a snake and a deer on the trail. It’s also a mixture of forest, woodland, grassland, and wetland so it’s amazing to see this all on a single trail that also has views of the ocean. However, it is overgrown in some areas and there are ticks so long pants are recommended. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay on trail, so this app comes in handy!

hiking
11 months ago

Great for a family hike!

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