Go Take a Hike in Pismo Beach


hiking in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is known almost as much for its hiking trails and nature walks as for its sand and surf. The best news is you don't have to be Bear Grylls or invest in hundreds of dollars of hiking equipment (unless you want to) to appreciate the scenic vistas of the Central Coast.

Get back to nature, take the family out, enjoy a day in the sunshine with your significant other, or hit the trails all by your lonesome. There's a little something for everyone in the great outdoors surrounding Pismo Beach.

Hiking for Beginners in Pismo Beach

Not looking to get winded? Or maybe you've got little ones who tire easily. Set your sights on the Pismo Beach Trail, an easy two-mile hike along the Pismo Beach shore with opportunities to veer off through a nature preserve and view seabirds and sand dunes. Or head to the Black Lake Trail or the dog-friendly Laguna Lake Park for wide open spaces and an impressive view of the Cerro San Luis.

For a more interactive trail that still has easy terrain, the OsoFlaco Lake Nature Trail runs through the Oceano Dunes Preserve and partially runs on a boardwalk to protect the biodiversity of the area. Fun fact: This site was used for the 1923 filming of the movie "The Ten Commandments" (the silent film version, not the Charlton Heston as Moses version).

You Can Break a Sweat on These Peaks and Trails...

... but only if you want to. These easy to moderate treks let you set your own pace so if you're looking to up the heart rate, have at it. If you want to preserve the morning's shower, then make it an easy jaunt. Montana De Oro State Park is for hikers, bikers, or horse riders and populated with sand dunes, eucalyptus groves, bluffs, secluded beach, and tall coastal peaks.

To get even more outdoorsy, visit Lopez Lake for an easy stroll or strenuous climb. This destination boasts trails for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, or fishing. Plenty of oak trees for the kids to climb too.

The famed Bob Jones Bike Trail can be as easy or challenging as you want it to be. This paved trail makes room for bikers and walkers, stroller-pushers and dog-walkers, runners and roller-bladers. It connects Pismo Beach to Avila Beach with plenty of diversions along the way, including Woodstone Marketplace.

Veterans Only: Hard Core Hiking

Up for a challenging outdoor adventure? Then you might be brave enough to tackle one of San Luis Obispo's most famous landmarks, Bishop Peak. With incredible views of downtown San Luis Obisbo, this volcanic plug is the tallest of the chain of "Nine Sisters" that stretch to Morro Bay. No mountain bikes allowed, but rock climbing via switchbacks is a given. Another member of the Morros is Cerro San Luis, a popular draw for hikers and mountain bikers.

Hike, Walk, Then Put Your Feet Up in Pismo Beach

If your travels have brought you to Pismo Beach specifically to suck up the outdoors, or if you're just passing through and looking for some fresh air fun, you'll still need a Pismo Beach hotel to rest for the night. The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is conveniently located to all of these majestic locales, and situated right on the beach so you can enjoy one more beautiful bite of nature as the sun rises and you lace up your hiking boots.