Morro Bay Hiking Trails

A guide to hiking trails in Morro Bay with beautiful views of Morro Rock and panaramic views of the ocean. Trails going to the beach and an abundant variety of birds to see and sea otters swimming in the ocean.

Cloisters Park Trail to Morro Rock

Distance-3.5 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Morro Bay head north on Highway 1 to San Jacinto St. and turn left-turn left on Coral Ave. to Cloisters Community Park and park in the lot. Take the paved trail through the park, at the dunes take the left fork to go to Morro Rock. (the right fork circles the Cloisters Wetland, a freshwater lagoon).

Cloisters Park is a 2.6 acre wildlife habitat with a freshwater lagoon by the ocean. The trail circles the lagoon and continues onto the beach to Morro Rock.

 

White Point Trail

Distance- 2 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 1 in Morro Bay take the Los Osos/Baywood Park exit and go 0.7 miles south on South Bay Blvd. to State Park Rd.- turn right and drive 1.2 miles to the Museum of Natural History and turn left and park.

White Point Trail is part of the Morro Bay State Park which is a 2,345 acre estuary natural preserve with an abundance and variety of birds. White point is a volcanic hill with the Museum of Natural History sitting on top overlooking the bay and Morro Rock. The trail starts at the museum and goes to the shore to the heron rookery and back.

Black Hill Trail (short hike and long hike)

Distance-0.6-2.6 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-short hike-From Highway 1 in Morro Bay take the Los Osos/ Baywood Park exit-continue onto South Bay Blvd. for 0.7 miles-turn right onto Park View Rd. for 0.1 miles-slight right onto Lower State Park Rd. for 0.6 miles-right onto Black Mountain Rd for 0.7 miles to the Black Hill Trail head and parking lot.

long hike-From Highway 1 in Morro Bay take the Los Osos/ Baywood Park exit and turn right onto South Bay Blvd. for 0.7 miles- turn right onto Park View Rd. for 0.1 miles-slight right onto lower State Park Rd. for .04 miles to the trail head on the left. (Exercise trail is on the right side of the road)

There is a short hike or a long hike for this trail. Black Hill Trail travels up Black Hill a volcanic peak, the 2nd peak in a chain of 9. From the top are panaramic views of the surrounding area.

Chorro Trail

Distance-1.8 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Morro Bay exit at Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn left on South Bay Blvd. for 1.3 miles to Quarry Trail on the right.

Take Quarry Trail to Chorro Trail and return back on the same trails. The Chorro trail hikes up Chorro Hill also called Turtle Rock to the summit peak overlooking Morro Bay and the Morro Bay Estuary Natural Preserve.

Portola Point Trail

Distance-2 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Morro Bay exit at Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn left on South Bay Blvd. for 1.3 miles to Quarry Trail on the right.  Take the Quarry Trail to Live Oak Trail to Portola Point Trail.

The Portola Point Trail travels up Portola Hill, a rounded volcanic hill on the east side of Morro Bay State Park. Picturesque views from the top of the Morro bay area.

Quarry Trail

Distance-2.5 mile loop

Hiking difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Morro Bay exit at Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn left on South Bay Blvd. for 1.3 miles to Quarry Trail on the right. Take Quarry Trail to Live Oak Trail to Portola Trail which goes up to Portola Point. Return on the same trails back. 

Quarry Trail is named this because its volcanic rock was blasted and used for paving Highway 1 in 1959. The trail goes by the old quarry remnants that can still be seen and follows an old farm road over rolling grasslands and to vistas with sweeping views from Chorro Valley to Cuesta Ridge.

Cerro Cabrillo Peak Trail

Distance- 3 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead location-From Morro Bay exit at Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn left on South Bay Blvd. for 1.3 miles to Quarry Trail on the right  Take the Quarry trail to Cerro Cabrillo Trail.

The trail follows the Quarry Trail over rolling grasslands to the Cerro Cabrillo Trail climbing to the steep summit of the 3rd volcanic plug in the chain of 9, being the highest point in Morro Bay State Park with 360 degree panaramic views at  the top.

Crespi Trail

Distance-3.2 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-Going South on Highway 1 in Morro Bay take exit 277 South Bay Blvd.-turn right onto South Bay Blvd. for 1.7 miles-turn left to Park Ridge Trail and park. Take Park Ridge Trail to Crespi Trail to Chumash Trail and back to Park Ridge Trail for a loop.

Morro bay State Park has a system of trails with good signs winding through this area that was once ranchland. Crespi Trail winds you across the hills with scenic views of the Morro Bay Estuary.

Marina Penisula Trail

Distance-.7 miles

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-60 State Park Rd., from Morro Bay take the Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn right onto South Bay Blvd. for 0.7 miles-turn right onto Park View Rd./State Park Rd for 1.1 miles to the Morro Bay State Park Marina (across form the campground) and park in the lot, the trail begins close to the parking lot.

The Marina Peninsula Trail is a boardwalk that winds through a variety of habitats such as the estuary, the sandspit, the mud flats, and the salt marsh. Scenic views of the Morros and a good place for birdwatching and photographers. 

Live Oak Trail

Distance-1.3 mile loop

Hiking difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Morro Bay exit at Baywood Park/Los Osos exit-turn left on South Bay Blvd. for 1.3 miles to Quarry Trail parking on the right. Start the hike on Live Oak Trail going to Quarry Trail taking you back to the road for a loop.

The trail is on the southside of the parking lot that starts out paralleling the road. A gentle climb going through the oaks with great views of Morro Bay.

 

 

Fleming Loop Trail

Distance-1 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy

Dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-Going South on Highway 1 in Morro Bay take exit 278 Morro Bay Blvd.-turn left onto Quitana Rd. for 0.4 miles-turn right onto La Loma Ave for 0.1 miles to the trailhead at the intersection of La Loma and Las Tunas Ave.

An easy hike through a wooded and grassy area for a pleasant hike.

Powerline Trail

Distance-1.5 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy

Dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-Going South on Highway 1 in Morro Bay take exit 278 Morro Bay Blvd.-turn left onto Quitana Rd. for 0.2 miles-turn right onto Kings Ave. for 0.1 miles-turn left onto Balboa St. for 0.2 miles to the trailhead at the end of the street.

Take Powerline Trail that connects to South Bay Trail after .5 mile to Pipeline Trail (the trail to the right at the fork) that connects to Black Hills Trail and then taking Camel Loops Trail that takes you back to Powerline Trail to complete the loop.   

Camel Loop Trail

Distance-1 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy

Dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-heading south on Highway 1 in Morro Bay take exit 278 Morro Bay Blvd.-turn left onto Quitana Rd. for 0.2 miles-turn right onto Kings Ave. for 0.4 miles-turn left onto Carmel St. to the trailhead at the end of the road.

A beautiful hike through the trees and ocean views.

Chumash Trail

Distance-2.6 mile loop

Hiking Difficulty-easy-moderate

Dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-Head south on Highway 1 in Morro Bay and take exit 277 toward Baywood Park/Los Osos-turn right on S Bay Blvd. for 2 miles-turn left onto Turri Rd. for 0.5 miles to the trailhead and park in the pullout on the side of the road.

Take Chumash Trail connecting to Crespi Trail which makes a loop back to Chumash Trail and return back to the trailhead. A hike through the rolling hills with natural flora and ocean views.

Cerro Alto Short and Long Trail

Distance-short trail 5.1 miles round trip

Distance-long trail 7.1 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate

dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Fee-day use fee for campground

Trailhead Location-Turn into Cerro Alto Campground from Highway 41, 12 miles west of Atascadero and 8 miles east of Morro Bay. Turn into campground and go 1 mile to day use parking.

Two seperate trails leave from the campground going up through a forest and into chaparal covered canyons. Amazing views from the summit.