While the weather outside is frightful for many places throughout the country, California’s Central Coast is blessed with mild temperatures all year. In the seaside community of Cambria, though nights are cool enough to cozy up next to a fire, during the day it’s pleasant enough to be outside enjoying the natural surroundings. Check out some of our favorite Cambria hiking trails for your next visit.
Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing stroll or want to take an energetic hike, here are the best places to explore the great outdoors in Cambria.
This kid and dog-friendly trail runs from the paved elephant seal viewing area to just north of the Piedras Blancas Light Station. It offers stunning views of the ocean and wildlife viewing areas along the way.
Enjoy majestic pine trees, oaks, ferns and a small creek along this short trail, which leads through Fern Canyon Preserve and dead ends near Highway 1. At approximately ¾ miles each way, it’s an easy walk for people of all ages.
Featuring numerous trails that meander through 437 acres of forest, grasslands and alongside an oceanside bluff, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is a wonderful display of nature’s diversity. A number of endangered species make this their home and guided walks are held monthly.
Accessible year-round, this beautiful trail in Hearst San Simeon State Park is a 2.2-mile trail suitable for all skill levels. Bring your dog (on a leash) and your kids to enjoy the various guided walks and activities along the way.
With its dramatic coastline and unobstructed views of the ocean, the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk is a must-visit destination in Cambria. Explore tide pools, watch for whales or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the one-mile long boardwalk as you breathe in the fresh sea air.
Take your time walking along this trail, which winds through a grassy field, and admire the unique plant life. When you reach the cliff, the landscape opens up to showcase photo-worthy, panoramic ocean views.
Hike or bike the ½ mile each way on the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, which features meadows, views of the grasslands and surrounding pine trees, and intersects with a small bridge that leads into town.
This large secluded loop trail about 1.6 miles from Fiscalini Ranch Preserve meanders through towering pines alongside a seasonal creek. You’ll find it a peaceful place to watch birds, deer and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature.
There are a number of great trails besides those on this list, and plenty more to see and do during the holidays in Cambria. When you visit, you’ll have your choice of Cambria hotels when you stay at the Cambria Inns Collection, including Blue Dolphin Inn, Sand Pebbles Inn, Moonstone Cottages and Castle Inn.