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no shade
7 hours ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I hiked the whole trail and decided to go down onto the beach, it was like being on my own private beach, super secluded and not a single sole in sight! That being said, you have to kind of shimmy your way down a crumbling somewhat of a cliff. It’s very loose footing and was a little challenging to get back up. If you have no climbing/athletic ability I recommend you just hike up to the lookout peak and not all the way down to the water, it’s a lot of work to hike back up.

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private property
scramble
1 month ago

Hiked for the very first time at Point Sal. The 5 miles in is gradual. getting down to the beach and back up, not so much. views and solitude make it worth it. The 5 miles out puts a bit of a burn on you.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail starts on perfectly maintained fire road that slowly climbs to the hill then down to the beach. Super easy walk no special gear needed. Takes 4 hrs round trip walking or 2hrs running. A lot of vandalism on the parking lot so dont leave valuables in your car. Not a great hike but it's better than a walk at Waller park.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Nice, hike by the Ocean

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed the gradual elevation. The view of the ocean and cliffs are spectacular..

hiking
3 months ago

The best time to hike is sunrise. It’s misty but there’s enough light to walk on the trail. You’ll get beautiful ray of sunrise colors on top of the hill while overlooking the fog that covers Guadalupe. I’ve tried morning to noon as well. Unfortunately, there’s no shade anywhere, so you’re more likely get tired and feel dehydrated. So bring water and maybe umbrella (LOL) if hiking during mid day.

hiking
3 months ago

Just beautiful!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I’m not an experienced hiker, however I think it wasn’t that hard. Only downside is the way to the beach is really hard. My friend was able to get down and up. But I couldn’t, so I just did the 9.8 mile hike and tried to go down to the beach but it’s a very treacherous slope. However the hike it’s self is beautiful.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Nice hike to see a beautiful beach! The road to the trail is not closed anymore. Definitely hot with no shade, but worth it for the beautiful views. The hike/scramble down to the beach is tricky but manageable. It took us a few tries to find a path we were comfortable with (our tip is to stay toward the left up at the treacherous signs — there is a little trail there, but it is steep). We would definitely do it again!

I wish I knew of a different way to enter. I was wondering myself.

closed
6 months ago

The trailhead off Brown Road is closed for construction. Anyone know any other way to do this trail?

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

nature trips
11 months ago

WOW the return hike was hard, but spent the day in Paradise. Just trekked it today, super windy but the waves were amazing. Only ran into people on my way there and then had the beach to myself. If you go, please pick up your pieces of garbage. Greatest place ever, plan to do this trip over and over.

hiking
Fri Nov 02 2018

This is a long, relatively easy in / harder out hike all on a paved road. It is an, exposed trail with breathtaking panoramic views, but no protection from sun, so take plenty of water, snacks and pick a time to go when weather is cool; most likely early mornings or from Oct thru April. My lab loves these kind of leisurely long hikes and I always make her carry her own pack filled just with water! If you feel you've worked up a big enough appetite, the original famous Hitching Post Steak House in Casmalia isn't very far away!

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

This was a great way to see the sunrise. Scenes were great and it was nice and quiet at 530 in the morning ;) will be doing it again!!

hiking
Wed Jul 25 2018

A long, winding trail through the hills gives way to some absolutely amazing views. Certainly a hard and difficult trail due to the elevation gain and length, but I’d say it’s on the easier side of “hard” because the climb is gradual. As others have said, getting down to the beach is a bit tricky. When you get to the overlook point with the two signs on either side that both say “Treacherous Slope,” go to the one on the right. There’s a trail that winds down to the beach from there. Definitely worth the 3.5-4.5 hour trek!

hiking
Thu May 31 2018

Beautiful hike! Tons and tons of wildflowers and lots of green.. now is the perfect time to do this hike. It is a solid 10 miles if you make it down to the beach. The trail ends at the point overlook and then you have to kind of figure it out yourself how to get down.. there are various little trails but they're all rather steep and iffy. We found a way to get down by turning right at the trail end. It is a bit of a scramble but worth it to have a pristine beach all to yourself. The hike starts out at a gradual incline up for two miles, levels out, and then halfway in at the Vandenberg AFB gate it's all downhill so be prepared to walk right back up...it's never too steep though. Very gradual incline the whole hike. Great way to spend an afternoon. We saw lots of lizards but no snakes, thankfully.. heard sea lions in the distance but didn't see any.. saw hummingbirds and lots of cows as well!

hiking
Wed May 23 2018

Very beautiful beach but since it’s been on all trails people have started to leave trash. If your one of these people stop hiking and kill yourself you are a parasite.

Easy 5 miles down to the beach and 5 hard miles back

Good warm up hike for anyone wanting to get out of Santa Maria/Guadalupe area for a bit. VERY EASY hike on a well maintained fire road. The beach is nice and not many ppl on it. The walk there can take up to 4 round trip, but I've ran it there and back and it's only under 1hr 30 min. Be careful as ppl always get their cars broken into. There's No shade and it can get hot & windy. Hike gets boring after you do it so many times. Good walk for families or small kids and pets. No water around bring your own.

hiking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Hiked the trail yesterday with my brother from Connecticut. 2/1/18. Perfect weather, endless vistas spanning 90 miles of the central coast. Soaring hawks dominated the wildlife. 4 hours 22 minutes 10 miles on the nose. Be prepared for the steep 2 miles from the overlook back to the apex, after that gently rolling and downhill to the parking lot. Recommend chili rellenos at the Guadalupe cafe when dinw

hiking
Thu Jan 18 2018

Excellent workout and great views of coastline.

backpacking
Tue Dec 26 2017

Just got back from hiking from the Gaud dunes to Point Sal beach. We starting on the road leading to the Guadalupe Beach parking lot. We hiked up and down across the dunes until we hit Mussel Rock. There's a steep sandy drop leading down to Paradise beach. Next day we hiked up and out of Paradise along the ridge of Point Sal. Heading south on the ridge we came across a spot that seemed washed out by water leading down to Point Sal beach. There's a steep trail next to this wash out running down the mountain side. It seems intimidating upon appearance, but definitely saves a couple hours from having to walk around the whole ridge line to get down to the beach. This route is definitely a hard one. Be very cautions if backpacking. The trail will take you down to the very North tip of Point Sal beach. I do not recommend taking this route alone.To get to the parking lot of Point Sal from the beach, we found the beach access at the south side of the beach. Once on the paved road, you can choose to take a shortcut straight up to the top, or follow the winding long road. The shortcut connects to the road you're own. Another indicator of the shortcut is a water runoff drain at the top of the shortcut. Once you've hit the paved road you're back on track to the parking lot. Bring camping gear and lots of food and water. This route is not one for the weary. I hope this helps out anyone looking to explore this area. Safe travels!

backpacking
Tue Dec 26 2017

Just got back from hiking from the Gaud dunes to Point Sal beach. We starting on the road leading to the Guadalupe Beach parking lot. We hiked up and down across the dunes until we hit Mussel Rock. There's a steep sandy drop leading down to Paradise beach. Next day we hiked up and out of Paradise along the ridge of Point Sal. Heading south on the ridge we came across a spot that seemed washed out by water leading down to Point Sal beach. There's a steep trail next to this wash out running down the mountain side. It seems intimidating upon appearance, but definitely saves a couple hours from having to walk around the whole ridge line to get down to the beach. This route is definitely a hard one. Be very cautions if backpacking. The trail will take you down to the very North tip of Point Sal beach. I do not recommend taking this route alone.To get to the parking lot of Point Sal from the beach, we found the beach access at the south side of the beach. Once on the paved road, you can choose to take a shortcut straight up to the top, or follow the winding long road. The shortcut connects to the road you're own. Another indicator of the shortcut is a water runoff drain at the top of the shortcut. Once you've hit the paved road you're back on track to the parking lot. Bring camping gear and lots of food and water. This route is not one for the weary. I hope this helps out anyone looking to explore this area. Safe travels!

hiking
Wed Nov 01 2017

great views, bring lots of water and some snacks. be cautious after dark, there was a lot of broken glass in the parking lot and looked like cars had been broken into before.

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