Dirty! That is easily the best way to open this description as Zmudowski State Beach is really, really dirty including trash and loads of driftwood. The beach itself is situated right over a small knoll from the vast acres of farming / agriculture land and the stark contrast of the green vegetation growing against the sand is pretty cool. There is a large river (Pajaro) that flows into the ocean and pretty much disturbs all of the sediment on the ocean floor, making the water mostly brown and not all that pretty. For our hike, we actually completed what is listed and described here and also continued further down the beach, eventually landing at the pier next to Elkhorn Slough. You would think that this area, which is overlooking the Monterey Bay (something that is a natural beauty) would be a marvel to look at. Well, we were wrong. Very very wrong. All in all, the experience was not a waste of time, but it is one of those placs you fight to remember down the road because (other than all the garbage), nothing sparked any cool memories. And, oh, would someone smack the local Park Rangers around? That beach is a disgrace!