Grab your walking shoes, throw your kids in the car and head for Harmony Headlands State Park. Nestled between the offbeat coastal towns of Cayucos and Harmony on Highway One, this little-known San Luis Obispo County hiking spot offers a 2-mile portal to the sea. Wide open, kid-friendly trails meander along various ecosystems, transporting hikers past algae-covered endangered species, wispy grasslands, and diverse wildlife. Coyote bushes and thistles run wild, and your children can too.
|A few minutes on the trail and you will soon find yourself removed from civilization. The Cayucos Land Conservancy's partnership with the state park has been instrumental in maintaining and providing improvements for this four mile out-and-back trail that leads to the Estero Bluffs on the Pacific Ocean. Contact the conservancy for more information about docent-led tours, where you can learn more about the area's rich cultural history—including tales of the Chumash and Salinan Native Americans, hunter-gatherers who inhabited this area as far back as 10,000 years ago.You will also hear stories of how California acquired the land and how this parcel of over 700 acres almost ended up as a private development. |
|During this time of year, much of the landscape is covered in delicate thistle remnants. On some parts of the trail these dried weeds resemble arid snow, blanketing the hills.|
|Once you reach the gateway to the sea, hang on to your children. This is the turning point where the mostly-level trail gets a bit steep and you don't want anyone falling off the side.|