If you're looking for a spot along the California Central Coast to peace out, Estero Bluffs State Park in Cayucos is just the place. This 355-acre coastal plain provides a hiking trail that spans nearly four miles along the Pacific Ocean's rugged cliffs. The landscape is stark and serene, the pathway is uncrowded and quiet, the air is fresh and clean. In one word: peaceful.
The Cayucos Land Conservancy conservation efforts help keep this protected area in northern San Luis Obispo County pristine. Several times throughout the year, they offer guided hikes along the bluffs.
There are several entrances to the park along Highway One, just north of the beach town of Cayucos. Look for parking areas on the west side of the highway. The first entrance is marked by a windmill, directly across from San Geronimo Road. After entering the park, it's just a short walk to these stairs that transport you down to the rocky beach.
Although along the well-marked, flat trail you'll find a few access points that allow you to get down to the beach, for the most part, the steep, crumbling bluffs keep you trailbound.
With the recent rain, tiny specks of green are popping up along the trail. Coupled with the warm winter weather San Luis Obispo County is experiencing, now is the perfect time to explore this peaceful oasis. Be sure to check the weather forecast for upcoming visits, as rain is on the horizon.
Peaceful. Serene. Tranquil.