Day Hikes on the California Central Coast
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
I recommend this trail for Winter or Spring, as last week the hills were bone dry and dead looking and the heat a pain. If you do go in summer, bring 1 gallon of water per person. My son and I each had half a gallon, and barely make it back OK. We did the entire 12 miles to the beach and back. The beach is the best part, as we were the only people there for the 2 hours we spent there.
From the gate to the beach is exactly 5 miles or 10 out and back. I ride it on my bike a couple of times a month. Good training hill, the climb out from the ocean is brutal. There are washouts so it is important to go slow the first time. The view is wonderful. Trail includes fire road, asphalt and single track due to the overgrowth.
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