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Sunday, March 2, 2014

San Simeon Creek Trail

Much-needed rain is drenching San Luis Obispo County this weekend. The stormy skies and howling wind are a far cry from last weekend's perfect hiking climate, when I discovered a terrific hike in the northern end of the county: San Simeon Creek Trail. This 3.3 mile pathway rambles through a seasonal wetland, a Monterey pine forest, riparian woodlands and open grassland. Along this state park trail's varied terrain and undulating hills, I caught glimpses of local wildlife, walked along land once inhabited by the Chumash and Salinan Indians, and logged an amazing workout.
  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 wildlifelike 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.