Trails in the Central Coast Region



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Limekiln Trail
Limekiln State Park
To Limekilns is 1 mile round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Valley View Trail
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
From Big Sur Lodge to Pfeiffer Falls, Valley View,is 2 miles round trip with 200-foot elevation gain


Central Coast Monterey


Pt. Sur Light Station Trail
Point Sur State Historic Park
0.5 mile guided walk


Central Coast Monterey


Rocky Ridge, Soberanes Canyon Trails
Garrapata State Park
7 miles round trip with 1,200-foot elevation gain


Central Coast Monterey


Fremont Peak Trail
Fremont Peak State Park
1 mile round trip


Central Coast San Benito


Monument, Middle Ridge, Fish Trails
Henry W. Coe State Park
6.2 mile loop, 9.5 mile loop


Central Coast Santa Clara


McGrath Beach Trail
McGrath State Beach
From State Beach to McGrath Lake is 4 miles round trip; to Oxnard Shoresis 8 miles round trip; to Channel Islands Harbor is 12 miles round trip


Central Coast Ventura


Buenaventura Trail
San Buenaventura State Beach
From Marina Park to the Ventura Pier is 4 miles round trip


Central Coast Ventura


Ocean’s Edge Trail
Emma Wood State Beach
Emma Wood State Beach to Seaside Wilderness Park is 1.3 miles round trip


Central Coast Ventura


Carpinteria Beach Trail
Carpinteria State Beach
From Carpinteria State Beach to Harbor Seal Preserve is 2.5 miles round trip;to Carpinteria Bluffs is 4.5 miles round trip; to Rincon Beach CountyPark is 6 miles round trip


Central Coast Santa Barbara


El Capitan Beach Trail
El Capitán State Beach
From El Capitan to Refugio State Beach is 6 miles round trip


Central Coast Santa Barbara


Beach-to-Backcountry, Overlook, Hollister Trails
Gaviota State Park
To Gaviota Pass Overlook is 5 miles round trip with 700-foot elevation gain;loop via Overlook and Hollister Trails is 8.5 miles round tripwith 800-foot elevation gain


Central Coast Santa Barbara


Oak Trail
Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve
1 to 2 miles round trip.


Central Coast San Luis Obispo


Morro Strand Trail
Morro Strand State Beach
From The Cloisters to Morro Rock is 3.2 miles round trip


Central Coast San Luis Obispo


Cypress Grove Trail, North Shore Trail
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
0.75 mile to 3 miles or more round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Carmel River Beach Trail
Carmel River State Beach
2 miles round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Asilomar Coast Trail
Asilomar State Beach
0.5 to 2 miles round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Spikes Peak, South Boundary, Canyon Loop, Pig Pond Trails
Pacheco State Park
To Spikes Peak is 5.5 miles round trip with 500-foot elevation gain


Central Coast Merced


El Camino Real Trail
La Purísima Mission State Historic Park
2 to 5 miles or more round trip


Central Coast Santa Barbara


San Simeon Creek Trail
Hearst San Simeon State Park
3.5 miles round trip


Central Coast San Luis Obispo


Dune Trail
Salinas River State Beach
2 miles round trip


Central Coast Monterey


McWay Falls
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
0.5 to 0.75 miles each


Central Coast Monterey


Beach, Headlands Trails
Andrew Molera State Park
3 miles round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Sycamore Canyon Trail
Point Mugu State Park
From Big Sycamore Canyon to Deer Camp Junction is 6.5 miles round tripwith 200-foot elevation gain; return via Overlook Trail is 10 miles round tripwith 700-foot gain


Central Coast Ventura


Black Hill Trail
Morro Bay State Park
To Black Hill summit is 3 miles round trip with 600-foot elevation gain


Central Coast San Luis Obispo


Dune Nature Trail
Marina State Beach
Nature trail with return via beach is 0.6 mile round trip


Central Coast Monterey


Point Sal Trail
Point Sal State Beach
From State Beach to Pt. Sal is 5 miles round trip


Central Coast Santa Barbara