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The description on this hike is misleading. Ontario ridge trail (El portal & Shell beach road) is not stroller friendly since it starts with an incline with shale. The majority of the trail is shale lined & it’s mainly uphill. If you take the trail behind the homes, it’s maintained & a different terrain. Scenic ocean views & cute swing for selfies.

Nice hike, especially with the cool, cloudy day. Some steep areas. My kids hiked it easily, though my dog was too fat to easily get down the rocks to the beach. Great views. Lots of trash, and too many people didn't pick up after their dogs.

Pirates cove gets the kewl points but super chill walk

We love this one! It’s so fun to see all of the butterflies!

Nice hike! Took my kids (5 and 11) and they were able to easily make it. We loved the cave!

Very cool app! I can’t wait to use this wherever I travel!

Beautiful place. Some litter at a Pirates Cove and graffiti. Fantastic views and pleasant walk. Not steep.

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3 months ago

Giving it a 4+ because of the awesome views of coast. Hike is not hard. Pretty short but some pretty steep sections. Take a camera

The last hike of my SLO County days and offers a pretty scenic view. The trail itself isn't maintained and is really steep and loose in some spots initially but improves once you get up to the top. From what I saw it goes all the way down to pirates cove. Parking isn't available so you have to find a spot in the nearby neighborhood.

Didn't read the other review. Entry is gated and chained.

6 months ago

Shorter than expected. Perfect for a dog walk, not great for exercise. One small hill, flat enough for a jogger stroller, but easy enough to have baby in a carrier.

A little steep on each end for hobbits, an easy trek for elves. But very scenic.

A bit hot today and the cave was filled with broken glass. The ropes with knots helped the kids get down to the beach with was fun and an adventure for all. The smokers and nudist on the beach were a little traumatic for the kids but offered some valuable teaching moments.

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7 months ago

Quick fun trail

Short hike with great view of beach activities. Some of the hike is paved, but most is dirt access road and finally beach access trail.

Trail is now more like a road, a semi truck was driving down it and we had to wait off the road as it passed. Ends early at a locked chain link fence.

Breath taking views, moderate level trails, many resting points, all around fabulous!

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