Looking for a great trail near Pismo Beach, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Montana De Oro State Park or Morro Bay State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Chumash Park or Price Historical Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Pismo Beach ranging from 0.9 to 5.5 miles and from 26 to 744 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We did a 3.5 miles. There are a lot of trail options to pick from. Lots of area with no shade. I would consider this a moderate level hike. Dogs and Bikes are welcomed. AMAZING views!

Great trail if you’re looking for a Leisurely Hike/walk that’s not difficult. Great views of the ocean 90% of the time. Only down side is there is minimal shade so bring a hat and wear sunscreen. We went on a Saturday and the trail was pretty busy but not too bad. Parking is very limited and we had to park at the base on the other side of the freeway which was about an extra 5-10min walk but not bad and they are adding sidewalks. Beware they do give out tickets for those who are not pulled all the way off of the pavement or illegally parked.

This trail begins in a residential area, a ways away from the actual trail. Cement path with great views. Actual trail begins once you get through the neighborhood. Nice and easy hike. No porta potties or restroom areas.

Who said this was easy? It's definitely a medium, to get to the top is a minor work out. Where is the easy part?

14 days ago

Fun trail with my folks and our two kids ages 7 and 8. About 4 miles round trip. Beautiful views, up and down hills, shady oaks.

Congratulations to the Land Conservatory of San Luis Obispo for an absolutely gem of a new trail system. Today we finished the Discovery Trail including the Peekaboo Loop. We have hiked pretty much all of SLO county trails and though there are some fantastic trails, none surpass Pismo Preserve. If you want bone grinding hills and really hard challenges then this trail system is not for you. But if you want stunning views, a wide variety of meadows and oak groves, modest hill trails and an interlocking trail variety then you’ll love this new trail system. We’ve been waiting and now so glad it’s open. Bravo!

went on the Discovery trail. 5.2 miles, over 700 ft. elevation gain, very comfortable incline/decline, easily manageable, magnificent views of the ocean, rolling hills, oak trees; some shade, mostly sunny, no rocks on the trail, narrow. trails are shared with mountain bikers. overall a very pleasant experience and a good but not overwhelming workout

21 days ago

This is a great loop, but it's not the official "Lone Oak Loop" trail.

21 days ago

great trail, very busy, you may habe to park down the street. but doing part on the side of the road, or else you'll get a ticket, park in the ocean viewing parking lot on the other side of the freeway. they have a good map to download and the markers are very helpful. lots of different trails to choose

21 days ago

Discovery loop from shell beach.

Awesome and green this time of Year!

Great trail! Yesterday was the Grand Opening. Pismo Preserve is now open from 6am to 7pm daily. It’s a great place to hike as the trails all have very gradual incline that bring you up to breathtaking ocean views as you round each bend. I would say that this is definitely the best, most easily accessible bunch of trails in SLO County. Having restrooms is also a huge plus!

Mostly along a golf course but starts at butterfly grove if you park on the street.

Butterfly’s in the trees at the start of the hike

The Pismo Preserve will open on January 25th 2020 at 6 AM (weather dependent).

If you are looking for a strenuous, steep hike this is the one for you. Great hike!

beautiful easy trail

Good little hike with in incline, beautiful view, dog friendly and lots of other hikers!

I think we started in a different parking lot, which involved walking along shore near huge houses. Afterwards was a large hill and we arrived in the parking lot where I believe we were “supposed” to start. Trail is pretty easy through the brush. A few sketchy ppl around with a bunch of garbage around, but no real issues. Walked down through the cave and near the water, which apparently serves as a nude beach, but it was December. Overall, more of a stroll and excuse to get outside than a “hike”

We went clockwise which was nice since the hard part was over with - would not want to try and come down that side. Super, super steep, going to feel that tomorrow. Beautiful weather and views. Lots of other hikers, Saturday, December 28, 2019. Def. need good tread on your shoes. Great photo ops. The swings were mostly broken. Would love to fix up some new ones!

Needs trail markers. Also, highly recommend poles and shoes with good tread. This has very steep and very slippery sections. Amazing views.

2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes for a quick work out with amazing views at the top.

Beautiful trail. I recommend this trail for a moderately skilled hiker. Steep start but worth it once you make it to the top

Ran this trail this morning. It is very easy to find however it can be busy with people walking the dogs. The boards can be difficult to run on also. But the views are spectacular. I was there on early on a Monday morning. The butterflies are just starting to arrive at the monarch butterfly Grove

3 months ago

Great trail for a SOTA ham radio activation. W6/SC-370, K6RIN.

Great views, cool swings and Spanish oak trees. Climbing up the steep Mtn top was dusty but you’ll be fine.

3 months ago

cement path and pretty typical ocean views along the way. lots of multimillion dollar homes that are interesting to check out.

it's a cement path most of the way to the outcropping. though it is a pretty view the whole walk, it's not as good and many other areas along hwy 1. kinda cool to see how the 1% live with a row of $multimillion homes just on the other side of the path. the trail out to the cave and the cove is better, but narrow and on a busy day, you're bumping into someone almost constantly. do these areas on an off day/time. the cave is particular picturesque and you a nice view of the nude beach (and sunbathers) below.

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4 months ago

Started out at Price historical Park. Ran on paved pathway to train tracks then behind sewage treatment plant. Stopped at 101, and turned back to go across closed bridge. Wind was really whipping at the pier. Great hike.

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