Avila Beach Hiking Trails

Avila Beach has some great trails to hike and bike. Discover the natural beauty the Avila Beach area has.

Bob Jones Trail

Distance-5.8 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-7001 Ontario Rd.-from San Luis Obispo take the 101 freeway south and exit at San Luis Bay Dr., turn left at Ontario Rd, the first St. to the left and go 0.8 miles. Park in the park and ride lot for the Bob Jones Trail.

The paved trail is a mostly flat 5 mile round trip that goes by  a creek passes through a peaceful golf course and some serene old sycamore and oak trees, over a bridge and has wildlife such as deer,wild birds and sea lions. The trail ends at Avila Beach, a cute beach town. Stroll the town and take a break and get something to eat, walk the beach and watch the birds and sea lions before hiking bac.

Cave Landing Trail-Pirates Cove Trail

Distance-2 miles round trip

Hiking difficulty-moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-from Highway 101 exit at Avila Beach Drive and go 2 miles west-turn left onto Cave Landing Road and go to the end of the road and park

Take the trail down and stay to the trail on the right for the Cave Landing or go to the left for Pirates Cove, a clothing optional beach.

 

Shell Beach Bluffs Trail

Distance-2 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-Exit Highway 101 at Avila Beach Drive-continue straight onto Shell Beach Rd. for 0.3 miles-turn right onto El Portal Dr. for 0.4 miles-continue straight onto Indio Dr and park at the end of the road.The trail is a paved path that starts to the west of the gates.

An easy paved hike with picturesque ocean views, the trail follows along the bluffs.

 

Point San Luis Lighthouse-Pecho Coast Trail

Distance-3.75 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate to strenuous

no dogs allowed

Trailhead Location-exit at Avila Beach Dr. off of Highway 101 and go 4.1 miles- park in the wide area across the street from the PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant entrance. Reservations required.

This is on PG&E property and only guided hikes are allowed. Guided hikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays leaving at 8:45 am and returning 1:00. Reservation required 2 weeks in advance, $5 admission fee for tour of lighthouse. For more information and to make reservations

Rattlesnake Canyon Trail

Distance-8 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate to strenuous

no dogs allowed

Trailhead Location-exit at Avila Beach Dr. off of Highway 101 and go 4.1 miles- park in the wide area across the street from the PG&E Diablo Canyon Power Plant entrance. Reservations required.

This is on PG&E property and only guided hikes are allowed.For information regarding the 8-mile roundtrip Rattlesnake Canyon hike, which takes visitors further north along the coastal bluffs, to an oak wooded canyon or to arrange special group hikes, please call (805) 528-8758 or (805) 541-8735. or for more information or to make reservations  

Ontario Ridge Trail

Distance-2.8 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-Exit Highway 101 at Avila Beach Drive-continue straight onto Shell Beach Rd. for 0.3 miles-turn right onto El Portal Dr. for 0.4 miles-continue straight onto Indio Dr and park at the end of the road.The trail is a paved path to the west of the gates.

Ontario Ridge Trail and Shell Beach Bluff Trail are two parallel trails but are very different. Shell Beach Bluff Trail is easy and paved while Ontario Ridge Trail is rugged and sometimes steep. Beautiful views of the ocean and parts densely wooded.

Sycamore Crest Trail

Distance-2 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 101 exit at Avila Beach Dr. and go west for 0.8 miles-turn left at Sycamore Springs Resort at 1215 Avila Beach Dr. and park in the lot.

The trail is between the Gardens of Avila Restaurant and the gift shop. The trail is a dirt road and winds through oak groves and up to the ridge with scenic views of the ocean.