Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Moss Landing with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

birding
1 month ago

Bunnies ... lizards... a crane... crabs.... nice walk / hike. Nice views.

1 month ago

Fish'ins good!

fishing
1 month ago

Sketchy, always worry about my car.

5/23/18 Lovely, secluded beach. The tide was low and it seems like it would be a great place to play soccer as the sand is very flat and hard packed. It was definitely not nearly as difficult as beach walks usually can be. My dog and I walked south all the way to Bennett Slough and out onto the fishing levee. Lots of birds, otters, and seals about. It was foggy but not very cold.

5/23/18 The OP’s trail actually trespasses on some agricultural land and doesn’t offer very much in terms of views, but it will spit you out at the river mouth and you can follow that around to the beach. You’re better off just walking over the dune to the beach when you park and enjoying this for what it is: a beautiful, secluded beach. I walked south all the way to Bennett Slough and the fishing levee. My dog loved chasing birds and swimming in the low tide. The beach is littered with dead jellyfish, especially by the river mouth—thousands or at least hundreds upon hundreds! I did see a seal, or possibly an otter, at the head of the river.

walking
2 months ago

Update 4/24/2018: Went again on a weekday morning and it was spectacular! The sun even came out, which I didn’t know happened in Moss Landing. Walked all the way to the Salinas River mouth again, 4 miles south of Island Beach. Walking that far through sand is no joke!! The trail through the dunes is exploding with all sorts of wonderful wildflowers—I really didn’t expect so much diversity! Had the entire beach to myself save a few fishermen. I would highly recommend taking a stroll through the town of Moss Landing and getting a bite to eat at Phil’s Fish Market. Seeing the boats in a real working harbor is awesome too. This is one of my new favorite spots, and my pup loves it too.

This was a great hike, I’ll definitely be going again and finishing the loop as I waked only on the beach this time. I walked all the way to the Salinas River mouth, a good 5 miles south, and it was absolutely beautiful, although it isn’t spilling over into the ocean as of 4/22/2018. There were a LOT of seabirds and fisherman about on a late Sunday afternoon, and the surf is absolutely wild and beautiful to watch. It was very windy and wet out so I recommend thick layers and a hard shell jacket. I would also recommend waterproof sneakers, as the sand is very coarse and uncomfortable to walk on barefoot or in sandals for long periods of time. The shore is also very narrow, so be careful of sneaker waves, especially when passing by the cement wall jutting out into the shore break, and especially if you have your furry friend with you. Dogs are allowed off leash north of the cement wall on Island Beach—you will see a sign posted as you pass by the wall—but I had my well-behaved dog off leash the whole time and had no problems. The beach is too narrow for rangers to drive. If your dog would kill a bird (or eat a dead one for that matter) I would advise against letting them off south of the wall. If you go south to the river mouth, don’t be tempted to rest your legs by walking up a path through the beach houses onto the road behind them; within 10 minutes on the road I was picked up and politely escorted back to my car by their security. Rich people suck.

Saw an otter about 15 ft away on the way to hummingbird island! But no hummingbirds :(

Charge 4.75 no dogs allowed

hiking
4 months ago

Had a great time. Well maintained trails here.

hiking
4 months ago

Seemed more of an easy trail. plenty of room and rest areas.

hiking
4 months ago

lots of benches, bathrooms and wide trails that are more like dirt or gravel roads.

Dogs not allowed.

paddle sports
Friday, July 14, 2017

Sea otters, elephant seals and water birds of all kinds were splashing all around us and in some cases trying to hop in the kayak with us! What an amazing spot for a relaxing paddle amidst the wildlife. Check with the park office prior to your visit for tidal information. Trust me, you don't want to get caught on the wrong side of that.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

my kids loved it, 2yr and 4 yr

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Beach walk. Sea otters, sea gulls and sand.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flooded

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Easy enough hike for my 5 and 7 year old boys. Great visitor center at the entrance with maps and information on the local flora and fauna

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Tried to go today at the last 100 yards of road is completely flooded and the beach inaccessible unless you bring a kayak.

Monday, December 28, 2015

This is a lovely easy walk that we've now done twice on Winter solstice. Come in the last hour of the day for a special golden light that makes for amazing photos. Plenty of birds and a nice visitor center to warm up in with knowledgeable docents. Plenty of parking as well.

If you are with kids or grandparents, walk out to the boardwalk and bridge, explore the ruins of the Big Barn. If you'd like a longer stroll, do the whole loop. About 2 miles for the loop.

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

Great day, I decided to do all three trails along with all the outlooks, blinds, and vista points. It ended up being ~6.5 miles. Cost for use permit $4.25.

walking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Super nice beach!! Very quiet and hardly anyone there. I don't exactly think its a hiking destination as its flat and open, but more like a flat easy nice walk.

fishing
Saturday, April 06, 2013

Great surf fishing.

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