Explore the most popular surfing trails in United States with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Park in small lot for parking, don't leave valuables in plain site. This is an easy hike which you can make as difficult as you want by going uphill from Pirates Cove. Tide was high so I did not go down onto beach. People were camping inside the cave which is not legal but they did not bother me. There was no wind so it was going to get how there in afternoon. This is a great hike to start out your day.
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Awesome hike!!! Beautiful scenic hike through the forest until you arrive at the gorgeous secluded beach. So glad we made the drive out to it. Really fabulous!

Great walk along the beach.

walking
8 days ago

Good to take your small dogs, not very long, but beautiful, specially when you go through the shelter cove (private properties) but there is a short trail back.

walking
10 days ago

Not a great beach. A lot of cars and vans camping out. A lot of trash everywhere. Not an up kept beach.

A long flat hike, relaxing and mostly desolate. Once you get to the bird sanctuary, follow the outside of the fence. About 100ft from the downhill turn, you will see a trailhead to a group of 5 bunkers on the point. If you are going to do this hike, you must do these pillboxes. Out and back is around 6mi and there is 0 cover.

on Doran Beach Trail

12 days ago

Very pleasant stroll along a long beach. Easy walk from Bodega Bay Lodge.

This is a nature walk through a tropical area. There are many vines, beautiful trees, and tons of chickens! I enjoyed the walk very much.

Great views.

hiking
14 days ago

Another forgotten trail. I lived in nearby Half Moon Bay for 5 years and enjoyed doing these little coastal gems.

Hike is about 2 miles each way, starts on a boardwalk and then goes into beautiful trees running parallel to the ocean. Well-marked trail, gets muddy at some points but wasn’t too bad when we went in early September. There’s a very steep descent at the end of the trail down to the beach but it’s fairly short. Beautiful pristine beaches make it well worth it!

18 days ago

Breathtaking views of the beach along the way and even better up at the cove.

Nice variety, lots of scenic vistas. There are lots of parking lots along the trail, so there are constantly a lot of people doing shorter hikes and carrying things to the beach. At times it was one step away from waiting in line to pass the steep parts. A lot of the hikers were unprepared for steep sandy slopes so dealing with people half-falling down the downhills was also a negative for me.

Beautiful cliff views

Nice views, lots of traffic

Beautiful beach walk - lots of grassy dunes and once past the beach goers feels remote. Can be very windy and foggy.

walking
23 days ago

I rock hunt and collect driftwood.i had a blast

23 days ago

The trail is well travelled. High winds and fog made this hike less than stellar. Gorgeous views

backpacking
23 days ago

It was my first backpacking and it was very pleasant! Overnight parking is easily found on the route to the trail head. Everything was clearly marked on the trail. On the second mile however we did encounter a lot of mud. Not much of a problem. At the end there was a huge descent down to the beach, stairs and railings to help. We camped on the beach out of range of high tide. With sights and wild life that amazed me, I would say 5/5!

Nice little hike.. good hike to give kids extra experience.

trail running
24 days ago

Part dirt trail, part boardwalk along the beach. Beautiful and scenic! Some homeless folks here and there.

Great easy walk in perfect weather, all flat. It took us two hours with a ferry ride back n forth to do only the South Bay Front portion, we have kids, 6 and 3 so we took our time but it was a nice stroll admiring the gorgeous homes. The girls were kind of getting over it because for them there wasn't an exact destination, they kept thinking we were walking to a specific place, not just walking around homes. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly though.

had a great day. dog oneash, kids running in the waves. the isopods were spawnong so the anchovies were out eating the eggs. all the pelicans and sea lions were out to eat the anchovies. amazing feaat of life. we also saw a coyotes and a red shoulder hawk just on the road. because of the restrictions on dogs we drove in except for the last bit to the beach where we walked with packs and had a picnic. totally would reccomend.

hiking
30 days ago

my family & I went hiking on this trail several days ago. It may be a 1.1 mile hike but it was a bit intense if not prepared for it. There were some issues with my husband, and paramedics were called. Once he was taken to the local hospital, all was fine. Overall, the trail was an Adventure, it had it's moments. I recommend that if you're going to try it, best be prepared with lots of water & watch out for sudden drops.

backpacking
1 month ago

Was a great trip! We got lucky with dry weather and temps in the 50-60 range. Low tide opened up a lot of tide pools. I’m definitely hoping to make the long drive to come back over sometime.

on Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Good views, even through the fog. Nice elevation gain from the parking lot followed by a flat trail. My only complaint is that the trail was pretty overgrown or narrow in some places and LOTS of poison oak. Keep an eye out for it!

Easy trail for hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. Trail is mostly gravel and is very wide. Lots of beautiful views of wildlife, bogs, meadows, and ponds. Best parking options are Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Eagle Lake lot near Park Headquarters, and a smaller parking area off of Duck Brook Bridge Road.

Easy walk. Great Ocean views. Ocean cave

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