Pismo Preserve, Pismo Beach

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Pismo Preserve, Pismo Beach
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Pismo Preserve has several hikes up the mountain opposite the sea in Pismo Beach. There are fantastic ocean and pier views. A little stream crosses the path at one point, making bubbling sounds. In spring, there are wildflowers. The scrub is low and there is no shade, so bring a hat. 

This hike sounds idyllic but it has a few problems. First of all, there is limited parking. You have to stop near the beginning of the parking lot and wait for someone to leave. Once on the trail, there are many bikes trying to pass you on a very narrow path with no room for two! The Discovery trail (yellow on the map) has the most bikes. Lastly, the freeway noise takes away from the peaceful nature experience that you seek on a hike. It's a shame because the views are great.
For a more quiet hike, check out Smuggler's Cave.

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View of wildflowers, Pismo Beach Pier, and row of palms.

White morning glory vine.

Curly stripey plant along the trail.

Mountain bikers heading uphill.

Morning glory along the trail.

Mountain bikers riding along the trail.

Mountain biker heading toward the hills.

The narrow trail, and Avila Beach headland in the distance.

Rock and freeway below.

Purple lupine in March.

Picnic table at the parking lot area.

The beginning of the trail, where there is a cow gate.

Orange flowers at the parking lot.

Wildflowers in purple, yellow, and white along the trail.

Sign post showing the different colored paths.

The trail, with the ocean below.

The freeway is nearby.

The parking lot where people circle to look for a spot.

Pismo Pier!


Pismo Preserve is located at 80 Mattie Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. There is a parking lot that is always full, even on cold cloudy days, so you must wait for someone to leave.


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