Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Nice, easy, fast walking trail(s). Pick your route for how long you want to hike.

trail running
25 days ago

Wonderful hike today with four boys aged 5-13. Did three miles of bluff and ridge trails. Gorgeous scenery. Do not follow directions here. Go all the way down Windsor Ave. they have parking there. Or park of highway 1 and walk in through the Santa Rosa Creek trail (it’s only .2 miles to the views of the ocean). Great spot.

Beautiful scenic walk with great spots to stay and eat!

Easy and such beautiful views!!!! Loved it

on West Ranch Bluff Trail

3 months ago

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

Super easy walk with lots of spots to walk down the beach. Beautiful scenery.

trail running
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery. The bluff hike is more or less flat with some minor inclines. It is dotted with some artistic benches. It is connected to a rather extensive network of trails up in the hills that are also worth exploring. There are tide pools off the bluff trail and also just down the street at a small neighborhood park. Apparently there is a docent-led hike there on Saturday mornings.

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.

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.

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

6 months ago

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

Don’t follow this map! Better parking/entrances elsewhere. And the other entrances are nearer the ocean. This entrance is more for residents, not travelers.

trail running
7 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.

Nice, solitary trail with wonderful cliff and ocean views.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful and peaceful. Wonderful walk.

11 months ago

Very nice trail. Fog in morning and sun in afternoon. Saw several whale blows about 1/2 mile out to sea.

11 months ago

Beautiful scenic hiking trail that was right along the ocean. Easy to access, not too long and was a real joy to complete the loop. Traffic is moderate but not too bad. Benches every so often, history boards at the beginning of the trail and keeps cool with the ocean breeze.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice scenic hike. Very, very easy so if you are looking for a hike kid friendly and safe then this one is perfect!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Very nice. This is a wonderful area and not overly crowded.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful walk with ocean views. Park at the end of the path with trees and places to sit over looking the ocean.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Beautiful view! Easy walking trail with hand made driftwood benches about every 50yds.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A nice relaxing wooden mile long boardwalk along the beach featuring plants and some lizards and an occasional rabbit. Very romantic

Friday, June 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful year round - a long and peaceful trail, great for dogs as well.

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.

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