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Coastal Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Hike along this coastline, diverse in scenery, to San Onofre Beach.


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

82' 25 m

High

7' 2 m

Low

34' 10 m

Up

91' 28 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Hike this trail at the lowest tide possible to ensure your safety.

Description

From the parking area at the Vista Point exit off of Highway 101, hike toward the old bridge over the gully and turn left just before you reach the bridge along the path that pops up here. Then, cross the railroad tracks before you start to descend on steps below the railroad bridge that are made of concrete. You'll quickly pop out on the beach where the Arroyo Hondo Creek reaches the Pacific.

Following the beach, head up the coast (to the west) among rocky outcroppings and tiny coves. You could very well have the beach to yourself as there are usually very few people along this stretch of coast. Eventually you'll come across a stretch of rocky shoreline that lasts for about 100 yards. After hiking over this section, you'll arrive at San Onofre Beach, which serves as the end point for the Coastal Trail.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

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John McKinney

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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in Gaviota

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#2,472

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#22,716

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Gaviota Coastal Trail
Apr 26, 2019 near Solvang, CA

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