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Lots of little beauty to behold if you take your time to look around and witness it. Nice easy trail perfect for a pleasure stroll with family, friends, or solo.

Parts of it are nice. Other parts are overgrown including a tree branch blocking the path (you have to go over and under it). Consider bringing bug spray (and pruning shears).

Reading other reviews, it sounds like folks are not hiking the trail, but are starting from the Dunes entrance and simply walking along the open sands with all the vehicle traffic. If you look carefully at the map AllTrails provides, you'll see dotted trail lines above the bold red line... This is the actual trail which follows the contours of the rolling dunes! Park at Fins Seafood restaurant just before the vehicle paying dunes entrance, cross the street at the driveway into the parking lot and look for the sandy trailhead wooden marker directly across from Fins' parking lot entrance. This is where you want to do the hike!

This trail is a great choice on a warm day where you can enjoy the cool ocean air, mist and views. Horse riders also use this trail - often in the mornings - so be on the lookout for their fresh (large!) droppings on the sandy path! Unfortunately the trail (and the area around the dunes in general) is host to a number of homeless camps where I see more trash than almost elsewhere in the 5 Cities area. When I remember, I bring along a plastic bag to collect and dispose of whatever garbage I can carry out. Nevertheless, this still a beautiful, accessible trail choice for an easy hike, especially at sunset!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Definitely fun

nature trips
Friday, August 11, 2017

Nice scenery spliced with back and forth between forest and ocean/beach. Very nice trail indeed.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Hard to get to and most of the area is restricted access

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nothing to see. Unless you are camping here and are just doing a a walk, not worth it. The path is not maintained, small portion of it is paved, and rest of it is ugly, full of weeds and partially blocked with tree branches. Also portion of it It is not accessible as it is gated off. To top it off it borders a merky and dirty lagoon. Do not do it alone. But in my opinion, do not bother. Not worthy of even being on this list of trails to do.

off road driving
Monday, May 02, 2016

beautiful views! great for off roading. we found lots of sand dollars on the beach!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Can't get in there. Doing construction and it's all roped off :(

hiking
Saturday, April 12, 2014

As far as hiking goes, there's not too much going on here. Most people come to park along the beachfront and sit out to enjoy the view (which means you have to continuously walk past parked cars looking out at you) or to buggy the dunes. If you park near Grover Beach, you can access a trail through the dunes heading south, but it's mostly used by horsebackers, so it tends to be littered with horse crap everywhere. The Guadalupe Dunes a little further south are much more interesting to explore on foot.

walking
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great warm-up for hiking the dunes from the campground to Grand Avenue and back. That would be approximately a 3.5 mile hike when you add the round trip dune walk. You will want to keep directly on the path at the lagoon as it is cleared of the relentless poison oak. If you are walking your dogs, you might want to keep them on the path and not stray off into the poison oak that grows quite rampantly in the thimbleberry bushes, willows and oaks. This path is beautiful and you will enjoy the birdsong, geese, ducks, coots, blue heron and every once in a while the egrets that visit this lagoon. I've seen turtles lazing on floating logs, beaver, and deer in the grassy areas near the campground. This is not a private walk/hike as the lagoon is in a neighborhood and also borders a busy campground. It is beautiful none-the-less and a real treat to walk through. Very easy walking and muddy after rains.

hiking
Friday, June 15, 2012

Pleasant walk. It winds through a campground, so you're rarely isolated. There is heavy thick mud in sections of the northern end. During the walk I spotted numerous varieties of ducks and geese and also beaver.

off road driving
Friday, August 11, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

off road driving
Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, May 27, 2012