Hikes for You and Your Furry Friends
May 23rd, 2019
DOG FRIENDLY HIKES NEAR CAYUCOS
With summer just around the corner, it's a beautiful time of the year to get outside with your furry friends and enjoy the sunshine! Cayucos is a pretty pet friendly town, but when it comes to hikes in the area, access with a pet can be limited due to habitat restorations. The Shoreline Inn has been looking for adventures that you and your woofs can all enjoy!
Harmony Valley Road, Harmony
When hikes in Harmony are mentioned, most people automatically think of the Harmony Headlands. Unfortunately, Harmony Headlands is not a pet friendly trail. However, just up the road, about 15 minutes from the Shoreline there is a nice walk through the Harmony hills. It's a pretty flat, one mile dirt road on farmland winding through open pastures, passing
old-fashioned farmhouses and barns. Depending on the season, wildflowers are abundant, and there are lots of cows roaming about! It's a great place to explore if you need to get some energy out of your pup!
The only down fall is the large bushes of poison oak, so watch out!
"Leaves of three, leave them be."
Directions from the Shoreline: Drive about 8 miles north on Highway 1, then turn right on Harmony Valley Road. There is no official parking lot, so the best place to park your car is on the road right before Harmony Cellars Winery. Harmony Cellars has a pet-friendly patio, so go enjoy a cool glass of wine after your hike!
El Moro Elfin Forest, Los Osos
Another beautiful place to explore is the Elfin Forest in Los Osos. It has expansive views of Morro Rock and of the Morro Bay Estuary. This is a great place to go with loved ones of any age because there are wooden walkways that allow for walkers and wheelchairs.The Elfin Forest gets its name from the 500 year old pygmy California Live Oak trees that populate the area. A typical oak grows to be more than 80ft. tall, but the harsh soil and wind stunts the growth of the trees here. The tallest oak is only 20 ft. tall. There are multiple entrances and splitting pathways, so take your time meandering though this enchanting forest and checking out the different vistas!
Directions from the Shoreline: Drive south on Highway 1 and take the Los Osos /Baywood Park exit. Continue down South Bay Boulevard until you reach Santa Ysabel (the first stop light). There are entrances to the forest from 11th street to 17th street, but the best place to find parking and for ADA access, turn right on 16th street.
Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos
If you are looking for a great place with panoramic ocean views and of Morro Rock, Estero Bluffs State Park is a wonderful location for that! It is just up the road, north of the Shoreline.Estero Bluffs is made up of over 300 acres and has a coastline stretching 4 miles. The land used to be occupied by the Chumash and Salinan Native Americans because of its abundant marine and terrestrial resources.
This is an ideal spot for viewing whales during their migration seasons or looking for some harbor seals and otters!
When trekking closer inland you might observe some deer, rabbits, hawks and butterflies. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and be sure to check your doggies for ticks after your adventure!
Directions from the Shoreline: Take Highway 1 going North. One mile after leaving Cayucos, there will be a large dirt pullout on the left. There are more accesses down the highway, but this is the pet-friendly entrance. Dogs are allowed on leash south of the San Geronimo Creek.
We hope you enjoy our beautiful area! Make sure to tag the #ShorelineInn or #CayucosShorelineInn in your social media posts!