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    Estero Bluffs

    Elevation Gain281ft
    Trailhead Elevation49ft

    Estero Bluffs

    Estero Bluffs State Park is located on Highway 1 just north of Cayucos in San Luis Obispo County. Right after passing the charming little beach town of Cayucos, the park can be found after about a mile on the ocean side of Highway 1. The best access for Estero Bluffs is the trailhead at San Geronimo Road. There is a restored windmill to the left and a large pullout for parking.

    From December through March it is possible to catch glimpses from the bluffs of gray whales migrating south. In summer the cool morning fog clears and the sun usually appears to encourage visitors to hike easily along the coast, watch birds, kayak, study tide pools, and simply enjoy the gorgeous views.

    According to the state park brochure, dogs are only allowed on leash down the coast, south of San Gerónimo Creek, NOT on the northern section of Estero Bluffs. Horses and bicycles are not permitted in the park. This undeveloped park currently has no restrooms, water, or wheelchair access.
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    Linda B. and David S. Mullally
    "This is a beautiful undeveloped stretch of coastline with easy access from scenic CA 1 to a bluff-top trail stitched with pocket beaches and few people. It also happens to be one of the significant segments of the California Coastal Trail. This undeveloped stretch of coastline doesn’t greet you with typical state park amenities and conveniences, but it rewards you with solitude and unobstructed views southward of the beach town of Cayucos (Hispanic version of the Chumash Indian word for their canoes) and Morro Rock, while the northern view reveals the untamed Santa Lucia Mountains landscape." Read more

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    Coastal Trails of Southern California

    281 feet
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    49 feet
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    49 feet
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