Moonstone Beach

Hearst San Simeon State Park, California

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Moonstone Beach is a hiking trail in Cambria, California. It is within Moon Stone Beach Park and Hearst San Simeon State Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 139 feet. The Leffingwell Landing viewpoint is near the trailhead. There is also a coastline. The Moonstone Beach (elevation 10 feet) beach can be seen along the trail. There are also benches, restrooms, parkings, and parkings along the trail.
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Moonstone Beach is a hiking trail in Cambria, California. It is within Moon Stone Beach Park and Hearst San Simeon State Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 34 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 139 feet. The Leffingwell Landing viewpoint is near the trailhead. There is also a coastline. The Moonstone Beach (elevation 10 feet) beach can be seen along the trail. There are also benches, restrooms, parkings, and parkings along the trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Hearst San Simeon State Park
Distance: 1.3
Elevation Gain: 139 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 34 feet
Top Elevation: 36 feet
Parks: Hearst San Simeon State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6/36 ft
Elevation Start/End: 34/34 ft

Moonstone Beach Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Moonstone Beach Trail follows the rocky shoreline at the edge of the windswept ocean cliffs in Cambria. On the 20 ft. eroded bluffs along the oceanfront corridor, several staircases lead down to the sandy beach. Along the shore are smooth, translucent, milky white moonstone agates. The trail leads past small coves, rock formations and tidepools to scenic overlooks. There are views up the coast to San Simeon Point and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. This is an excellent vantage point to watch migrating gray whales."

"Moonstone—part tourist attraction, part artist enclave—is a tiny community just north of the growing town of Cambria and south of Hearst Castle and San Simeon. The lovely beach here is only an element of its allure, as there are restaurants, galleries, and shops all within walking distance of the beach and its boardwalk. Though it might not be physically secluded, the trail can feel that way at times, specifically along the beach. The boardwalk has its own magic, especially on a moonlit stroll. Birds of all sorts frequent these shores along with the occasional marine mammal: sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, and dolphins."

"The Moonstone Beach Trail follows the rocky shoreline at the edge of the windswept ocean cliffs in Cambria. On the 20-foot eroded bluffs along the oceanfront corridor, several staircases lead down to the sandy beach. Along the shore are smooth, translucent, milky white moonstone agates. The trail leads past small coves, rock formations and tidepools to scenic overlooks. There are views up the coast to San Simeon Point and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. This is an excellent vantage point to watch migrating gray whales."

Moonstone Beach Reviews

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4/11/2006
Beautiful! I certainly wouldn't call this a hike. It's more like a walk along the beach. It's simply gorgeous and makes for wonderful pictures or a nice romantic walk. We passed many couples along the path. There were seals playing in the water nearby. Very fun to watch. The wooden path that stretches above the shore is home to tons of squirrels and they are not afraid of anyone. There are benches to sit down on and a small park above the shore at the end of the trail. Would be wonderful to enjoy the sunset. This walk is easy, predictable, and a person is able to turn back at anytime and still feel like the experience was worth it.
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11/26/2005
This is a very family friendly hiking trail that can be done with minimal effort and affords great coastal views. I have young kids that really enjoyed this trail.
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