|Located on Highway 1, the trailhead is a few miles north of the town of Cambria and just south of the turnoff for San Simeon Creek Campground. You can easily spot this day-use area, which has a small parking lot, public restrooms, picnic grounds, and sits directly across from Vista Point on the coast of San Simeon.|
From the parking lot, look for the boardwalk's ramp. Walk to the west and you'll go straight to the beach. Head east for a few minutes and you'll soon find the entrance to the trail.
|Along the entire pathway, walkers will find plenty of vantage points to sit and take in the view.|
|Early in my hike I spotted these mule deer grazing in the seasonal wetland.|
|After entering the shaded pine forest, the noise of the nearby highway dissipated.|
|By the time I reached the riparian woodlands, the only sounds came from local wildlife—like flitting birds and scurrying woodrats.|
|Eventually this loop course leaves the forest and woodlands behind for open terrain. The Santa Lucia Mountains provide a rolling backdrop.|
After this quiet hike, I headed for an opposite experience at the beach: salty air and crashing waves to round out my excursion. I can't wait for my next adventure...when the weather clears up.