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THINGS TO DO NEAR PASO ROBLES

San Simeon Point Trail


Distance: 2.5 mi round trip        Difficulty: Easy          Elevation Gain: 100 ft.       Time: 1.5-2 hours
Distance 1.5 mi
 Difficulty: Easy
Elevation gain: 100 ft.
Time: 1.5-2 hr

About San Simeon Point Trail

The San Simeon Point Trail is an easy and relatively short hike that's great for the whole family, including your furry friends! As you make your way to the point, you'll get a great view of the coast as you climb above the shoreline. The whole hike treats visitors to beautiful views and oceanside scenery, but the view from the tip of the point is spectacular. You get an almost 360 degree view of the sea, sky, and cliffs. If you're in the area, this is certainly a great way to spend a few hours!

About San Simeon Point Trail

The San Simeon Point Trail is an easy and relatively short hike that's great for the whole family, including your furry friends! As you make your way to the point, you'll get a great view of the coast as you climb above the shoreline. The whole hike treats visitors to beautiful views and oceanside scenery, but the view from the tip of the point is spectacular. You get an almost 360 degree view of the sea, sky, and cliffs. If you're in the area, this is certainly a great way to spend a few hours!

Locating the Trailhead and Following the Trail

The trail is a bit tricky to navigate if you've never been before. Navigating to Hearst Castle or San Simeon Pier is a good start. If you're heading north from Cambria along CA-1, you'll reach a point where you can turn right into the Hearst Castle parking lot, or left toward the San Simeon Pier. You'll want to turn left and park near the pier.

From there, you'll hike north along the beach for about a quarter mile until you see a trail heading up from the beach towards the bluff above. You'll notice a private property sign, but the landowners have generously allowed hikers during daylight hours to pass through their property on the way to San Simeon Point. Please be respectful and keep all pets on leashes. As you gain in elevation, you'll get a great view of the coast below sporadically through the trees.

There are a few beautiful, old eucalyptus trees along the trail as well that offer great photo opportunities. Rows of trees planted by the landowners also give hikers a sort of corridor effect as they move through the forest and out into the open on San Simeon Point. For those looking for a more strenuous hike, the trail continues along the coast and a 5 mile hike will get you to the Point Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Along the way you'll see elephant seals basking in the sun and plenty of other gorgeous ocean vistas.

This hike (either short or long) is a great activity alongside a visit to Hearst Castle or any of the great beaches in the area. It's also close to many fantastic wineries that have made the central part California a wine destination known throughout the world.

Locating the Trailhead and Following the Trail


The trail is a bit tricky to navigate if you've never been before. Navigating to Hearst Castle or San Simeon Pier is a good start. If you're heading north from Cambria along CA-1, you'll reach a point where you can turn right into the Hearst Castle parking lot, or left toward the San Simeon Pier. You'll want to turn left and park near the pier.

From there, you'll hike north along the beach for about a quarter mile until you see a trail heading up from the beach towards the bluff above. You'll notice a private property sign, but the landowners have generously allowed hikers during daylight hours to pass through their property on the way to San Simeon Point. Please be respectful and keep all pets on leashes. As you gain in elevation, you'll get a great view of the coast below sporadically through the trees.

There are a few beautiful, old eucalyptus trees along the trail as well that offer great photo opportunities. Rows of trees planted by the landowners also give hikers a sort of corridor effect as they move through the forest and out into the open on San Simeon Point. For those looking for a more strenuous hike, the trail continues along the coast and a 5 mile hike will get you to the Point Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Along the way you'll see elephant seals basking in the sun and plenty of other gorgeous ocean vistas.

This hike (either short or long) is a great activity alongside a visit to Hearst Castle or any of the great beaches in the area. It's also close to many fantastic wineries that have made the central part California a wine destination known throughout the world.

Guest Reviews

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Enjoy the Fun

Easy hike. Good for families of young or small children. Dogs welcome. Be kind to those around you and enjoy the fun

-Bryan

Visitor Reviews

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Enjoy the Fun

Easy hike. Good for families of young or small children. Dogs welcome. Be kind to those around you and enjoy the fun

-Bryan

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One of the Best Views in the Central Coast

One of the best views in the Central Coast. A lovely hike in provides you with some unique views and a beautiful coastline. Do yourself a favor and hike out to the point.

-Nate Evans

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Love This Beach

ReviewI always love this beach. It's normally clear and warm. The trail to the cliffs is beautiful and a good hike for the family.

-Linda Napoli

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One of the Best Views in the Central Coast

One of the best views in the Central Coast. A lovely hike in provides you with some unique views and a beautiful coastline. Do yourself a favor and hike out to the point.

-Nate Evans

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Love This Beach

I always love this beach. It's normally clear and warm. The trail to the cliffs is beautiful and a good hike for the family.

-Linda Napoli

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Thanks to the Coronavirus, many restaurants were forced to close down or limit their offerings, But in Paso Robles, local restaurants have found a way to keep serving great food to patrons – all without serving them indoors. Thanks to collaboration between the city and restaurant owners, outdoor dining options were expanded greatly.

Even a section of the city park now houses tables and chairs where guests can enjoy food purchased from local downtown restaurants. Locals and visitors alike are talking about how much fun they're having dining outside. Outdoor dining might just remain a huge part of downtown Paso Robles into the future.