Hikes on California’s Central Coast

Below is a collection of trails in the Central Coast region of California between Monterey County and Ventura County. These hikes are listed from west to east and north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. An interactive map is also provided.

Highlights of California’s Central Coast

  • This 0.6-mile hike in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park observes a stunning Big Sur waterfall that pours 80 feet right on to the beach.
  • This 1.1-mile hike extends from Highway One to an ocean bluff with fantastic views of the Big Sur Coast.
  • This 0.6-mile hike visits a fine 120-foot waterfall near the start of Salmon Creek Trail in Los Padres National Forest.
  • This 2.85-mile hike crosses a boardwalk along a charming Cambria beach in Hearst San Simeon State Park.
  • This gradual 4.5-mile lollipop loop in Harmony Headlands State Park crosses a coastal valley to reach picturesque ocean bluffs on the rugged coast between Cayucos and Cambria.
  • This level 1 to 3.5-mile stroll starts from Coisters Park and crosses Morro Strand State Beach to reach Morro Rock.
  • This tough 2.5-mile hike summits the highest mountain in Morro Bay State Park, a 911-foot member of the Nine Sisters.
  • This 6-mile hike in Montaña de Oro State Park ascends coastal ridges to a 1,076-foot summit with panoramic views that include a dynamic perspective of Morro Bay.
  • This level 1.2 to 3.4-mile hike in Montaña de Oro State Park passes tide pools and beaches along a picturesque rocky coastline.
  • This 3.7-mile hike summits a 1,347-foot peak in Montaña de Oro State Park with panoramic coastal views.
  • This 3.5-mile hike summits the tallest of the Nine Sisters for excellent views over San Luis Obispo.
  • This 0.65-mile hike visits an 80-foot tall fern-lined waterfall in Nojoqui Falls Park.
  • This 2.5-mile hike just off the 101 Freeway in Gaviota State Park visits wind-carved caves with great ocean views.
  • This 6.5-mile loop mounts a 2,458-foot summit two miles from the Pacific and then descends Trespass Trail to explore the wilds of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
  • This 0.8-mile hike visits the scenic ruins of an estate home built atop the mountains behind Santa Barbara.
  • This 7.7-mile hike reaches a panoramic viewpoint in the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking Santa Barbara.
  • This 7.1-mile partial loop climbs to a panoramic summit in Los Padres National Forest overlooking Montecito and Santa Barbara.
  • This 1 to 2-mile hike goes from Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve to a viewing area above a harbor seal rookery, offering beach access and beautiful oceanfront hiking.
  • This 19-mile hike follows beautiful Sespe Creek to a relaxing hot springs in the Sespe Wilderness of Los Padres National Forest.
  • This 0.8-mile hike leads to the lower tier of a lovely two-tier 300-foot waterfall in Los Padres National Forest.

Hiking California’s Central Coast

The Central Coast possesses some of the most scenic hiking in California, especially for those who enjoy ocean views. There are numerous small parks protecting the area’s green spaces and many are free to the public.

Los Padres National Forest is the major protective body on the Central Coast, preserving mountain ranges that span across Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The highest peak in the national forest, Mount Pinos, rises to 8,831 feet. Twenty miles to the south is the tallest waterfall, Rose Valley Falls. An Adventure Pass ($5 per day or $30 per year) is required to access most of the approximately two million acre of land protected by Los Padres National Forest. Adventure Passes for Los Padres National Forest are valid for other national forests in Southern California as well, like Angeles National Forest, Cleveland National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest. Passes may be purchased within the park and at various local retailers. Those without a pass may still enjoy several free entry points that are located outside the national forest boundary. An “America the Beautiful” National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass can also be used in lieu of an adventure pass.

Most of the trails listed below do not require any pass or permit. San Luis Obispo is a particularly great area for hikers, with a high number of free and scenic trails. Take a trip to the Central Coast today!

Trail
Description
Distance
Lat, Long
High Peaks - Condor Gulch Loop in Pinnacles National Park010High Peaks - Condor Gulch Loop
This loop crosses the roof of Pinnacles National Park on an incredible trail.
5.35 - 6 miles
1,325 feet
36.481924,
-121.198905
Bear Gulch Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park015Bear Gulch Reservoir
This out and back hike passes through a talus cave to reach a reservoir on the east side of Pinnacles National Park.
1.5 miles
275 feet
36.472868,
-121.187575
Partington Cove050Partington Cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
This out and back hike visits a tunnel-accessed cove and a secluded beach along the scenic Big Sur Coast.
1.5 miles
230 feet
36.175267,
-121.696075
McWay Falls055McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
This out and back hike looks out on a stunning Big Sur waterfall that pours 80 feet right on to the beach.
0.6 miles
100 feet
36.15776,
-121.672406
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail060Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
This short out and back hike extends from Highway One to an ocean bluff with fantastic views of the Big Sur Coast.
1.1 miles
50 feet
35.932648,
-121.468927
Jade Cove065Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock Point
This loop across ocean bluff visits a prominent peninsula and a small cove.
1.5 miles
150 feet
35.917096,
-121.469079
Cruickshank Trail hike070Cruickshank Trail
This hike into Silver Peak Wilderness starts with bold ocean views and crosses redwood groves to reach Upper Cruickshank Camp at a junction with Buckeye Trail, 2.5 miles from Highway One.
5 - 9.25 miles
1,150 - 1,925 feet
35.843073,
-121.403025
Buckeye Trail075Buckeye Trail
This hike reaches incredible ocean vistas and trail camps in the Silver Peak Wilderness. Connect Cruickshank Trail and Buckeye Trail for an excellent shuttle hike of 8.25 miles or more.
6.5 - 9.25 miles
1,450 - 1,925 feet
35.821754,
-121.374454
Salmon Creek Falls080Salmon Creek Falls
This out and back hike visits a fine 120-foot waterfall near the start of Salmon Creek Trail.
0.6 miles
100 feet
35.816032,
-121.356699
Point Piedras Blancas075Piedras Blancas
This out and back hike ventures up the coast from the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery to Piedras Blancas Light Station.
3.2 - 4.2 miles
25 feet
35.664401,
-121.262713
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk085Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
This out and back hike crosses a boardwalk along a charming Cambria beach in Hearst San Simeon State Park.
2.85 miles
40 feet
35.568999,
-121.105867
Harmony Headlands Trail088Headlands Trail
This gradual lollipop loop in Harmony Headlands State Park crosses a coastal valley to reach picturesque ocean bluffs on the rugged coast between Cayucos and Cambria.
4.5 miles
135 feet
35.477783,
-120.992263
Cerro Alto090Cerro Alto
This semi-loop bags one of the highest peaks in San Luis Obispo County.
5.35 miles
1,600 feet
35.424271,
-120.738988
Morro Rock095Morro Rock via Morro Strand Trail
This level stroll starts from Coisters Park and crosses Morro Strand State Beach to reach Morro Rock.
1 - 3.5 miles
25 feet
35.38898,
-120.860108
Black Hill Trail098Black Hill in Morro Bay State Park
This out and back hike to the summit of one of the Nine Sisters reaches 360-degree views over Morro Bay.
0.6 miles
175 feet
35.358059,
-120.833378
Turtle Rock100Turtle Rock in Morro Bay State Park
This easy out and back hike reaches a short rise between Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay State Park.
2.1 miles
200 feet
35.346512,
-120.825198
Cerro Cabrillo115Cerro Cabrillo in Morro Bay State Park
This tough out and back hike summits the highest mountain in the park, a 911-foot member of the Nine Sisters.
2.5 miles
900 feet
35.346512,
-120.825198
Portola Point120Portola Point in Morro Bay State Park
This loop explores a short hill just east of Morro Estuary with an easy-to-reach ocean overlook.
2 miles
315 feet
35.346512,
-120.825198
Eagle Rock Nature Trail125Eagle Rock Nature Trail in El Chorro Regional Park
This loop climbs to Eagle Rock Viewpoint for an overview of the valley between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.
2.4 miles
450 feet
35.33567,
-120.727234
Elfin Forest130Elfin Forest Natural Reserve
This easy boardwalk loop explores a pygmy forest on the edge of Morro Bay.
1 mile
80 feet
35.331678,
-120.82539
Morro Dunes135Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve
This lollipop loop serves up panoramic views over Morro Bay as it climbs from Los Osos to Montaña de Oro State Park.
2.6 miles
800 feet
35.308454,
-120.843157
Los Osos Oaks140Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve
This short hikes explores a pygmy forest of coast live oaks, providing a shady level stroll on overlapping loops.
0.75 - 1.5 miles
25 feet
35.306274,
-120.813509
Hazard Canyon Reef145Hazard Canyon Reef in Montaña de Oro State Park
This short hike descends an oceanfront ravine to a rocky shoreline graced with engaging tide pools.
1 mile
100 feet
35.285512,
-120.881105
Hazard Peak150Hazard Peak Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park
This out and back hike ascends coastal ridges to a 1,076-foot summit with panoramic views that include a dynamic perspective of Morro Bay.
6 miles
1,025 feet
35.277106,
-120.884546
Hazard Peak Loop155Hazard Peak - Islay Creek Loop in Montaña de Oro State Park
This loop continues beyond Hazard Peak deeper into the Irish Hills before circling back to the coast on Islay Creek Trail.
9.2 miles
1,325 feet
35.277106,
-120.884546
Islay Creek160Islay Creek Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park
This easy out and back hike follows a wide trail up a coastal canyon flanked by thousand-foot peaks, passing a small waterfall to reach an abandoned barn.
6 miles
300 feet
35.276412,
-120.885504
Reservoir Flats Trail Montana de Oro164Reservoir Flats Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park
This loop delivers fine ocean and canyon views as it explores the bottom of Islay Creek Canyon.
2 miles
200 feet
35.273872,
-120.88553
Oats Peak Hike167Oats Peak in Montaña de Oro State Park
This out and back hike combines Old Oats Peak Trail and New Oats Peak Trail to reach a panoramic summit that towers over the park.
8.25 miles
1,325 feet
35.273872,
-120.88553
Valencia Peak170Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro State Park
This out and back hike summits a 1,347-foot peak with panoramic views.
3.7 miles
1,275 feet
35.263302,
-120.872056
Bluff Trail180Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park
This level out and back hike passes tide pools and beaches along a picturesque rocky coastline.
1.2 - 3.4 miles
100 feet
35.272858,
-120.888755
Point Buchon190Point Buchon Trail
This short scenic loop or longer out-and-back hike explores the beautiful coastline south of Montaña de Oro State Park.
1.33 - 6.8 miles
75 feet
35.255302,
-120.898669
Stenner Creek Trail The Eucs195Stenner Creek Trail to The Eucs
This out and back hike goes up Stenner Creek Canyon past a small waterfall and views of Bishop Peak to a collection of freeride bike trails called The Eucs.
3.7 miles
650 feet
35.330159,
-120.663081
Cal Poly Design Village200Poly Canyon Design Village
This lollipop loop hike visits an architectural village designed by Cal Poly students at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
2.5 miles
300 feet
35.304484,
-120.658447
Felsman Loop Trail208Felsman Loop Trail
This loop crosses oak, sagebrush, and grass-covered slopes around the base of Bishop Peak, providing excellent views of that notable rocky summit and its San Luis Obispo surroundings.
2.7 miles
525 feet
35.304331,
-120.685438
Bishop Peak210Bishop Peak
This out and back hike summits the tallest of the Nine Sisters for excellent views over San Luis Obispo.
3.5 miles
950 feet
35.30219,
-120.696942
Reservoir Canyon220Reservoir Canyon Trail
This steep hike passes a waterfall and a collection of junk sculptures en route to a treeless summit overlooking San Luis Obispo.
5.35 miles
1,350 feet
35.290749,
-120.627751
Cerro San Luis230Cerro San Luis
This hike summits one of the Nine Sisters just west of downtown San Luis Obispo.
4 - 5 miles
1,100 feet
35.282605,
-120.681045
Cerro San Luis Laguna Lake240Cerro San Luis from Laguna Lake Park
This out and back hike summits one of the Nine Sisters just west of downtown San Luis Obispo.
5.7 miles
1,150 feet
35.282632,
-120.680573
Lemon Grove Trail250Lemon Grove Trail
This easy loop visits a historic lemon grove on the eastern slopes of Cerro San Luis.
2.2 miles
300 feet
35.275065,
-120.672333
Murray Hill260Sydney Street Trail to Murray Hill (Unnamed Hill)
This out and back hike climbs a steep rugged trail to a stone seating area at a panoramic summit.
2.8 miles
1,275 feet
35.27307,
-120.641322
South Hills270South Hills Ridge Trail
This out and back hike visits the top of a cluster of hills near downtown San Luis Obispo, offering fine views over the city and surroundings.
1.5 miles
450 feet
35.260149,
-120.657535
Morro View280Morro View in the Irish Hills
This out and back hike in Irish Hills Natural Reserve delivers panoramic views over Los Osos Valley and the full chain of Morros.
3.15 miles
850 feet
35.262195,
-120.711949
Froom Creek290Froom Creek Trail in the Irish Hills
This loop explores a canyon on the east side of the Irish Hills before ascending to a nice view over Laguna Lake, Cerro San Luis, and Bishop Peak.
3 miles
500 feet
35.254311,
-120.69525
Islay Hill300Islay Hill
This out and back hike summits San Luis Obispo's easternmost Morro.
1.8 miles
550 feet
35.243296,
-120.627131
Johnson Ranch Irish Hills San Luis Obispo308Johnson Ranch - Irish Hills Connector Trail
This scenic point-to-point hike connects Johnson Ranch Open Space with Irish Hills Natural Reserve.
5.05 - 10.1 miles
575 feet
35.223448,
-120.693313
Johnson Ranch310Johnson Ranch Loop
This loop explores rolling hills in a grassy open space just south of San Luis Obispo.
2.5 - 3.7 miles
200 feet
35.223448,
-120.693313
Bob Jones Trail320Bob Jones Bike Trail
This easy round trip hike or ride follows San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach.
5 miles
50 feet
35.185651,
-120.703016
Sycamore Crest Trail330Sycamore Crest Trail
This out and back hike ascends the north slope of Ontario Hill to a scenic ocean view perch.
1.75 - 3.25 miles
575 feet
35.18595,
-120.714558
Shell Beach Bluff Trail340Shell Beach Bluff Trail - Ontario Ridge Trail
This loop explores the coast between Shell Beach and Avila Beach, on and below a 700-foot ridge.
2.8 miles
675 feet
35.176427,
-120.719601
Cave Landing350Cave Landing
This short out and back hike descends to a natural rock bridge at the end of a headland east of Avila Beach.
0.5 miles
100 feet
35.17425,
-120.717187
Point San Luis Lighthouse355Point San Luis Lighthouse via Pecho Coast Trail
This docent-led hike crosses scenic coastal bluffs to reach the historic lighthouse on Point San Luis.
3.5 miles
300 feet
35.174146,
-120.756013
Nojoqui Falls550Nojoqui Falls
This short out and back hike visits an 80-foot tall fern-lined waterfall.
0.65 miles
175 feet
34.528556,
-120.172473
Gaviota Pass Overlook550Gaviota Pass Overlook Loop
This loop tours scenic ridges in Gaviota State Park to arrive at a soaring overlook above the Gaviota Tunnel.
6.5 miles
650 feet
34.507693,
-120.227949
Gaviota Peak560Gaviota Peak
This loop mounts a 2,458-foot summit two miles from the Pacific and then descends Trespass Trail to explore the wilds of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
6.5 miles
2,150 feet
34.501667,
-120.198805
Gaviota Hot SPrings570Gaviota Hot Springs
This short hike visits a warm hot springs along the trail to Gaviota Peak.
1 mile
400 feet
34.504598,
-120.2259
Tunnel View580Tunnel View and Trespass Trails Loop
This loop steals views over the 101 Freeway and the Gaviota Tunnel from Gaviota State Park.
2.6 miles
600 feet
34.496371,
-120.2264
Gaviota Wind Caves590Gaviota Wind Caves
This out and back hike just off the 101 Freeway in Gaviota State Park visits wind-carved caves with great ocean views.
2.5 miles
650 feet
34.482657,
-120.238502
El Capitan State Beach Nature Trail595Nature Trail in El Capitán State Beach
This loop explores a lush sycamore grove bordering El Capitán Creek to approach the rocky shore at the end of El Capitán Point.
0.35 miles
18 feet
34.460105,
-120.023608
Tequepis Trail600Tequepis Trail
This out and back hike delivers views of Lake Cachuma as it climbs the Santa Ynez mountains to a saddle overlooking the Pacific.
8.4 miles
2,300 feet
34.551893,
-119.955904
Castle Ruins610Knapp's Castle
This easy hike visits the scenic ruins of an estate home built atop the mountains behind Santa Barbara.
0.8 miles
50 feet
34.518155,
-119.793234
Santa Barbara Painted Cave620Chumash Painted Cave
This very short trail looks in on Native American rock art in the Santa Ynez Mountains.
0.1 miles
20 feet
34.504479,
-119.787734
Lizards Mouth630Lizard’s Mouth
This short out and back hike visits a unique rock formation with amazing views over Santa Barbara and the Pacific.
0.5 miles
25 feet
34.502263,
-119.867721
Jesusita Trail640Inspiration Point via Jesusita Trail
This out and back hike reaches a panoramic viewpoint in the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking Santa Barbara.
7.7 miles
1,400 feet
34.45432,
-119.72875
Tangerine Falls650Tangerine Falls
This out and back hike crosses a lush canyon to a beautiful waterfall on the edge of Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara.
2.5 miles
900 feet
34.46978,
-119.65893
Montecito Peak660Montecito Peak
This partial loop climbs to a panoramic summit in Los Padres National Forest overlooking Montecito and Santa Barbara.
7.1 miles
2,450 feet
34.472069,
-119.639318
McMenemy Overlook670McMenemy Overlook
This hike uses four trails to form a loop to a vista point in the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Montecito.
3.7 miles
1,000 feet
34.452363,
-119.629206
Ennisbrook Trail Montecito673Ennisbrook Trail
This easy lollipop loop crosses charming stone bridges over San Ysidro Creek to explore a lush oak forest that is flooded by nasturtiums in the spring.
1.85 miles
150 feet
34.425482,
-119.622238
Carpiteria Salt Marsh680Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park
This level out and back hike explores El Estuaro, a vital ecosystem for shorebirds.
1.2 miles
10 feet
34.395872,
-119.528247
Carpinteria Bluffs690Carpinteria Bluffs Trail to Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary Overlook
This short hike goes from Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve to a viewing area above a harbor seal rookery, offering beach access and beautiful oceanfront hiking.
1 - 2 miles
25 - 100 feet
34.386929,
-119.498625
Sespe Creek800Sespe Creek to Willett Hot Springs
This out and back hike follows Sespe Creek to a relaxing hot springs.
19 miles
500 feet
34.5765,
-119.050698
Rose Valley Falls810Rose Valley Falls
This out and back hike leads to the lower tier of a lovely two-tier 300-foot waterfall.
0.8 miles
150 feet
34.528041,
-119.180816
Wheeler Gorge Trail820Wheeler Gorge
This loop explores the creek and forest on a nature trail around a 70-site campground in Los Padres National Forest.
0.7 miles
100 feet
34.518444,
-119.271208
Emma Wood State Beach830Ocean's Edge and River's Edge Trails Loop
This level loop in Emma Wood State Beach borders the Pacific Ocean, the Ventura River, and an estuary flocked by seabirds.
1.5 mile
25 feet
34.28057,
-119.315346
La Jolla Canyon840La Jolla Canyon Loop
This hike explores Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains, offering incredible ocean views.
11.75 miles
1,250 feet
34.086097,
-119.03688
Mugu Peak850Mugu Peak
This out and back hike from La Jolla Canyon to the 1,266-foot summit features superb ocean and canyon views.
6.5 miles
1,250 feet
34.092697,
-119.055712
La Jolla Canyon Falls860La Jolla Canyon Falls
This out and back hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park.
1.5 miles
250 feet
34.093047,
-119.043134
Overlook Trail870Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop
This loop takes in tremendous ocean views above Big Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park.
2.7 - 3.5 miles
450 to 550 feet
34.071305,
-119.012668
The Grotto Malibu880Grotto
This out and back hike visits a remote grotto in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
3 miles
500 feet
34.109292,
-118.937438
Sandstone Peak890Sandstone Peak
This loop summits the tallest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains.
6.25 miles
1,075 feet
34.120284,
-118.931018
Tri Peaks900Tri Peaks
This 1-mile addition to the Sandstone Peak loop adds extra views to the hike.
7.45 miles
1,075 feet
34.122438,
-118.950055
Angel Vista Thousand Oaks910Angel Vista via Rosewood Trail
This out and back hike is the most direct route to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Conejo Valley.
4 miles
800 feet
34.176802,
-118.912804
Angel Vista920Angel Vista via West Los Robles Trail
This out and back hike reaches an overlook on the north side of the Santa Monica mountains overlooking Thousand Oaks.
7.6 miles
800 feet
34.171903,
-118.881004
Tarantula Hill Thousand Oaks hike925Tarantula Hill
This out and back hike follows a paved trail to the top of a small, round hill in Thousand Oaks with views across the Conejo Valley into the surrounding mountains.
1 mile
275 feet
34.195528,
-118.885343
Paradise Falls930Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park
This loop visits a 40-foot waterfall in the open spaces of Thousand Oaks.
2.5 miles
260 feet
34.215372,
-118.910794
Lizard Rock940Lizard Rock
To add extra mileage and views to a visit to Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks, consider placing Lizard Rock on your itinerary.
3.7 miles
530 feet
34.220788,
-118.921537
Rocky Peak950Rocky Peak
This hike climbs to a 2,715-foot summit in Rocky Peak Park in the Santa Susana Mountains between Chatsworth and Simi Valley.
4.75 miles
1,100 feet
34.268362,
-118.636155
Cave of Munits and Castle Peak960Cave of Munits and Castle Peak
This action-packed two-attraction loop crosses through an impressive cave to climb to a rocky peak with views over the San Fernando Valley.
2.1 miles
750 feet
34.195322,
-118.658543

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