San Simeon

Hiking Trails

A guide to San Simeon hiking trails which offer a broad variety of trails from coastal bluffs, sandy beaches, rolling hills, ocean overlooks and panoramic views

San Simeon Point Trail

Distance-2.5 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy with a few moderate sections

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-On Highway 1 go 8 miles north of Cambria to William Randolph Hearst State Beach (across from the Hearst Castle Rd.)and turn left on San Simeon Road, park in parking lot by the pier and walk down to the beach between the pier and the Arroyo del Puerto Creek.

The trail goes along the bluffs and through a pine, cypress, cedar and eucalyptus forest.

Jungle Ranch Trail

Distance-1.5 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Highway 1 drive  2.2 miles north of Cambria Pines Rd. to Lone Palm Dr. which is across the Highway from from San Simeon Creek Rd. (just past San Simeon Creek Campground) and the trail is at the end of the road.

Named Jungle Ranch after an old family ranch bought by William Hearst years ago. Hike along the coastal bluffs with beautiful ocean views and the trail goes down to the beach.

San Simeon Trail

Distance-4 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy to moderate

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-From Moonstone Beach Rd. go north on Highway 1 for 0.6 miles to the Washburn day use parking area that is just before San Simeon Creek Campground-the boardwalk trail starts from the parking lot.

Picturesque overlooks, scenic views of Santa Lucia Mountains, rest stop benches, informational signs on wildlife and habitat  and glimpses of Hearst Castle.

Point Sierra Nevada Trail

Distance-2 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-On Highway 1 drive 10.2 miles past Hearst Castle Rd. to a parking pullout on the side of the road and look for the wooden gate (no sign) that is the trailhead.

Point Sierra Nevada is part of the 3400 acre Hearst San Simeon State Park that includes 13 miles of coastline. It is not a very well known beach so it is likely you will be the only ones there.

 

Point Piedras Blancas Trail

Distance-4.5 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-not allowed

Trailhead Location-On Highway 1 from Cambria Pines Drive in Cambria drive 10.9 miles north to the Vista Point parking lot on the left where the elephant seal rookery is. The hike goes from the elephant seal overlook to the Piedras Blancas lighthouse.

The trail goes along the Piedras Blancas bluffs overlooking the shoreline where hundreds of elephant seals can be seen and the trail goes over by the lighthouse.

 

Salmon Creek Falls Trail

Distance-0.6 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-On Highway 1 drive north 3.7 miles from Ragged Point Inn to the Salmon Creek trailhead sign on the right.

The trail starts out by the picturesque Salmon Creek Falls and continues on through forests and views down to the ocean.

Ragged Point Inn Trail

Distance-1 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-Nature trail easy-Cliffside trail strenuous (2 seperate trails)

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-19019 Highway 1 (Ragged Point Inn) 21.2 miles north of Cambria Pines Rd. in Cambria.

Two trails starting from the Ragged Point Inn, the Nature Trail is easy and runs along the blufftop with picturesque ocean views and the Cliffside trail goes down a steep cliffside to the beach below.

Buckeye Trail

Distance-7 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-moderate to strenuous

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-Drive north on Highway 1 for 3.9 miles from Ragged Point Inn to the Buckeye trailhead by the closed Salmon Creek Ranger Station.

The Buckeye Trail goes 3.5 miles in to the Buckeye campground, (turnaround point for 7 mile roundtrip hike) the trail continues for another 1.5 miles to the Upper Cruickshank Campground and .25 miles past that is the Villa Campground. It could be a good backpacking overnight hike staying at a campground if you would like to.  Watch out for poison oak.

Salmon Creek Trail to Spruce Creek Camp & Estrella Camp

Distance-6.5 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-strenuous

Trailhead Location-On Highway 1 drive north 3.7 miles from Ragged Point Inn to the Salmon Creek trailhead sign on the right.

Take the Salmon Creek falls Trail to the fork in the trail, the left goes to the falls, the right goes to Spruce Creek Trail and Campground, turn back at the campgroun for a 3.4 round trip hike or continue on to Estrella Campground for a 6.5 mile round trip hike-the trail continues on for another 2.5 miles where it ends at the South Ridge Road for an additional 5 miles more onto the round trip (for a total of 11.5 miles round trip)  if you are really ambitous. The trail goes through the Silver Peak Wilderness in the Santa Lucia Mountains.