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Jonathan Gutierrez
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Hiking

This is by far one of the best trails I've been on in California! Be sure to look at the weather report before you try this trail. If it's a clear morning, it's one of the most beautiful sunrises you will see in your life. If you want a great workout, park at the Pirate's Cove parking lot and take the steep uphill trail to the top of the mountain. Once you're on top the rest of the trail is pretty easy. I will definitely be back!

Bianca Peralta
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Hiking

Great view of Pismo and Shell Beach, very well maintained.

Nichelle Wood
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Hiking

The Discovery Trail is a beautiful hike just off the 101 at Mattie Road. The loop is a well packed hiking- biking trail that follows south along the perimeter of Pismo Preserve. Switching back up to the top, through oak groves, past towers, lookouts, benches and amazing views of Pismo beach. The south end winds quickly down through an umbrella of oaks.

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Peggy Phache
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Hiking

So many ticks. Do not bring your dog. I thought it was a lovely hike but I will not do it again.

Dylan Epstein
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HikingRocky

Very steep climbs, but amazing views of Shell Beach and Avila Beach at the top. There are lots of loose rocks when going up the steep parts, so you gotta be careful.

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Dylan Epstein
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Walking

Good little walk, lots of people.

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Jeff Johnstone
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Jorge Moran
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Hiking

Great workout and challenging, I started from the alternative route up the mountain but found it too difficult to scale down to the entrance from the steep mountain I would recommend taking the flat trail to the beginning of the main entrance if taking the alternative route and want to see the entire trail

Janell Garcia
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Hiking

Very challenging. Loved it.

Ginger Hasler
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HikingBugs

Ticks! TICKS! TICKS! my dog is on flea and tick medication and he still got 42 ticks! Yes, he was on a leash the entire time. two different types of ticks! beware dog owners!! saw 1 snake on the trail too. other than the butt load of Ticks, the trail itself offered beautiful scenery and well labeled hiking signs.

Ginger Hasler
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trail was covered with ticks, we took 42 ticks off our dog after the hike! the most I'd ever seen! beautiful scenery and nicely labeled trails

Stephanie Palomar
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Hiking

HARD!

Ally Grierson
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Michele Schmidt
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HikingClosed

Trail is closed about 1/2 mile in from the park for some type of construction.

Paula Harper
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Wow!!! This may be one of my FAVORITE trails!!!! Short but a GREAT workout! Amazing views of the rolling hills, ocean and even a beautiful residential area. START THE LOOP FROM THE LEFT/CLOCKWISE!!!!! This way is MUCH better. The incline is steep, but there is beauty to be seen from every vantage point!!! BE SURE TO ENJOY THE SWINGS AT THE TOP!!! Great for date night, family time and even safe enough to do alone. Parking is close to trailhead and is free. May you enjoy this awesome hidden gem! Check out live footage of our time in Pismo. (Harper's Journey) https://youtu.be/Y5vLSm7ptsk

Dana Fate
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Hiking
Jarrett Parra
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HikingRocky

Amazing views! Wonderful trail...! Rather than parking near pirates cove parking lot, I parked over by the 101 and started on the opposite end, much easier to find parking on the weekend. When you get to the top of the mountain, beautiful oak trees with hanging moss, wonderful views of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach. Very steep incline and declines, but that makes the adventure much more exciting.

Nicole Olson
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Steeeeeep but so rewarding.

Kylin Zhuo
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Hiking

Steep slope warning!!!

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Hannah Cassidy
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Hiking

DOG OWNERS BEWARE - found sooo many ticks on my dog after doing this trail and she’s on Nexguard. Besides that the trail finally reopened this week from 4pm-dusk every day. Beautiful views and really enjoyed the trip. Would maybe just leave the dog at home next time.

Sara Yeaw
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RockyScrambleWashed out

this hike seems to get a little more challenging everytime I do it. Does the hill get steeper? I always go up the big hill first so I can enjoy the rest of the hike and views. there are 2 swings once you get to the top. One facing the ocean, the other facing a vineyard. The trail does have some rather loose shale and rocks to manage now. The fire department was just up there clearing away brush with a bulldozer and making a path easier to follow. This is always a beautiful hike.

Aislinn Oka
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HikingBugs

Love this trail! It finally re-opened during weekdays from 4pm to dusk. The trail is now a one-way, but we enjoyed it very much. However, everyone who was hiking with dogs was removing many ticks from them in the parking lot so be careful of that if you’re going to bring your pet.

Lawrence Calvillo
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Ray P.
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Hiking

Great trail, fairly short, fairly easy, nice scenery, easy for kids.

Erin Alves
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Hiking

This is 1/2 mile out and back boring little trail but perfect for kids 6 and younger. You can do it with a bob stroller when the trails dry so that’s a huge plus. Playground is the trail head, ends at private property Mankins Ranch and back out to playground.

Daniel Cowan
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Hiking

I liked the 1st 3rd but after that it was pretty trashy. The pier was closed though.

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Daniel Cowan
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Hiking

Pretty but VERY short.

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