San Simeon Loop

Cambria, California 93428

San Simeon Loop

San Simeon Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This mellow hike is a great way to relax while exploring the landscape of the Central California coast. Located just a stone’s throw south of the famous Hearst Castle, the park is largely overlooked by tourist crowds. Along the way the hike passes through several habitat types, including seasonal wetland, riparian forest, open grassland, and a rare stand of Monterey pine."

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The trail guide is very accurate in the description of the hike, but it can't be overstated how wonderful this little hike is to take. We caught sight of several deer at Whitaker Flats, outlined by the large rock outcropping nearby. The pines were particularly fascinating in that they were draped with long strands of moss which created a dark curtain which, with the density of the trees, made that section of the hike deeply shaded. At times the trail is a bit difficult to follow since the area is rarely frequented and I imagine deer and other critters make their own across the grassy meadows. That being said, don't expect to get lost because you're never far from sight of Hwy 1, the Whitaker campground and the park's access roads. It should be noted that there are bathrooms at the campground which are very convenient. After finishing the hike, be sure to walk westerly towards the beach by crossing under Hwy. 1. It's not a "destination hike" but if you're in the area, be sure to stop and enjoy this entry into the varied terrain offered in this portion of the coast.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
2 - 3 hours
San Simeon State Park
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USGS Cambria
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Nov 2018