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

on West Ranch Bluff Trail

13 days ago

Great views, awesome benches along the way, flowers, seals...makes it easy to walk and not think about the actual walk itself not

This was an easy hike, almost a walk. Enjoyed the mix of forest and bluffs. The forest section is quiet and peaceful, not heavily trafficked. The bluff section has more foot traffic but the coastal views are amazing, especially on a clear day. There are numerous custom styled benches along the bluffs where you can sit for a bit and just enjoy the views. This is almost the same exact trail as the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, but has slight variations and seems to be a little shorter. The starting point on this trail also differs and is probably better in terms of the parking situation. This trail starts you off at the bluffs, while the other trail starts you off near the forest.

Trail is not well marked. Waste of time. Much better choices in the area for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Flowers, birds, seals, sea anemones, hawks getting their prey. If you wanted you can fish or stroll on the beach.

trail running
4 months ago

Breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean and hills with rainbow hues of succulents. The trail is running over wood slats and depending on when you run/hike, you need to watch for walkers with dogs. I’m definitely going back!

We hiked on November 7. This has potential for 5 stars but the last half of the trail loop is poorly marked and deteriorates into a narrow footpath. We would have gotten seriously lost several times without the live tracking feature of this app. And once was at the time of our sighting a bobcat or mountain lion. It was impossible to avoid poison oak, too.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, kinda hard to follow but definitely a great hike.

It has potential. The trail isn't marked very well but, thankfully, we had the app and decent cell service. It is very overgrown and the trail was washed out in places. We only went a short bit past the bridge that crosses the marsh before giving up because of the weeds and poison oak - less than half a mile. One of my daughters ended up with a tick on her. Mostly disappointing but if I hear that the trail has been worked on, I'll give it another go.

It was a beautiful trail. We saw a family of deer by the wetlands. There was a lot of poison oak all over the trail. One person from our group found a tick.
But, overall it was a beautiful hike.

Dogs NOT allowed. Soooo overgrown with pricked and poison oak. Was so thankful when over and then I found ticks. Have NEVER pulled off so many.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

This was a challenging trail to locate. The path we took was 2.5 miles so what I"m reviewing is clearly not quite this trail. We began at the Washburn parking lot on the boardwalk. When the trail arrived at the road, we crossed it and went to the trail on the right (a "trail" sign near by). Another option was to not cross the road and pick up another trail that began with an informative sign next to this outlet. Neither trail was marked with a name so we were guessing. Without our phones to show us a good map, we guessed wrong and shouldn't have crossed the road. Picking up the trail across the road, we headed up the trail which follows the road to the campground (although you don't see it) As we were heading in the direction of the campground, we found a Y in the trail, and we opted to stay on the "main" trail going up the hill. (It turns out that other trail in the Y was the outlet of our loop) We arrived at the outer northern edge (left side) of the campground and continued along until we reached the far end. Rather than circling the campground and going south, we veered off to the left (north) to venture down into the creek area. Our trail had a sense of disuse but that was due to the overgrowth from a great winter. Occasionally we came across park signs which encouraged us. Always bearing to the left, we completed the loop, 2.5 miles, eventually finding the other part of the Y. WARNING: there was a lot of poison ivy present. Fortunately, it seemed it was ever only on 1 side of the trail and we were able to avoid contact. It was a great hike, easy with a steady climb (25 floors on the fitbit) but such a great sense of nature, the shaded forest, the open hillsides....nice variety.

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Nice easy trail to follow along the shoreline and see wildflowers, seals, sea gulls and the Pacific Ocean.

Beautiful, easy walk!

Family had a great time!!!

walking
Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful place to walk if your looking for a nice stroll. I stayed in San Simeon for the night, arrived at 3pm for check in and adventured over to the park for a 2 hour walk. Went down to the beach and relaxed for a few. It was beautiful out and perfect temperature! If you're looking for a quiet place to rest or walk, this is it! I will definitely return!

hiking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nice hike on the bluffs and down on the beach and rocks. We did it in reverse parking at the north end.

walking
Thursday, February 04, 2016

This is a great preserve to explore. Trails through the woods, meadows, and along the bluffs above the ocean. We added on the neighborhoods north and south of the open land to look for our "dream home!"

Es una aventura muy bonita ver de cerca los leones marinos ah les sujiero que para Febrero es la mejor epoca para ir a mirar los leones marinos porque es el tiempo para procrear y hay cantidades la playa se llena. Luego ir de caminata para estirar las piernas.

walking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Great place to take the dog... and search for geocaches.

walking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREAT walk with awesome views!

hiking
Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy trail with excellent views! Loved it for an easy walk with the dog.

hiking
Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Fiscalini Ranch Reserve trail is my favorite hiking trail in all of San Luis Obispo, you have so many trails the cross into each other that it is wonderful to hop on to another trail in so many directions. I like starting from the beach side and hiking up into the beautiful forest. Cambria is the town of beautiful trees and this trail is so beautiful everywhere you go. Pack a lunch because you can sit in any if the beautiful benches near the cliffs and in the forest. I highly recommend this trail for anybody year round. They is beautiful because of the flowers are everywhere and the forest is clean and smells like pine everywhere, it here

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