Morro Bay Estuary Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"One of the more prominent coastal landmarks in the state, 578-foot Morro Rock is the last of the Seven Sisters, a series of dramatic outcrops (there are nine, actually), stretching over 10 miles inland in a line to San Luis Obispo. The word morro, Spanish for a dome-shaped promontory, reflects the distinctive shape of this peak, which has for centuries provided an important landmark for mariners. The sheltered estuary at Morro Bay, bordered by nature preserves, is prime habitat for beginning paddlers, as few areas provide such sea life, scenery, and solitude so close at hand.
The largest coastal wetlands in the area south of Elkhorn Slough, the bay, which encompasses the fertile salt marsh of Morro Estuary Natural Preserve, is among the West Coast’s better birding spots. More than 250 species have been recorded in the area with winter migrants flocking in by the tens of thousands. Paddlers also see harbor seals, sea lions, and otters, and, after a short crossing to the sandspit in Morro Dunes Natural Preserve, they are treated to remote beach hiking with great ocean views."