The Fiscalini Ranch in Cambria is a 400 acre property that was once scheduled for a community and golf course. The city eventually stepped in and bought it, turning it into an amazing open space area. There are miles of trails here with everything from hiking trails to biking trails and each get more amazing as you head toward the coast. The standout trail for me is the bluffs trail which runs right along the ocean and provides beautiful vistas and access to tide pools. With two access points on Windsor Boulevard North and South, the Bluffs Trail is an amazing way to work up a little sweat and take in stunning scenery, all within a two-mile round trip trail.
- Two miles
- Best in the afternoon and sunset
- Wheelchair accessible
After parking on either side you will proceed up to the start of the boardwalk / trail which has a lot of information about the area. This walk through in this post is from the North side.
The trail will wind around before it drops you on the very well maintained dirt that you will be walking on for the rest of the time. There are many small trails that lead off to various bluffs, if you want to get closer to one I would recommend staying on one of the trails that has already been there so you do not make your own.
As you start to walk the views get progressively better and you leave the houses and get out to the bluffs themselves.
The trail meanders along and is pretty flat most of the way. It provides many stunning views, but be sure to watch kids closely here and to be careful if you head close to the edge.
All along the trail there are benches you can sit and relax at, these are usually pretty full on weekends, especially with nice weather as it is a great place to just sit and take it all in. I love that these are not traditional benches either, some are even made of driftwood.
I also recommend taking this trail in the spring time as the wildflowers bloom here and dot the landscape. That way when you look one way its the ocean and cliffs and the other way is the flowers, a win win.
As you near the turn around point there is finally access down to the water itself (before that it is mostly cliffs). From here there are tide pools for the kids to explore and I saw a lot of sea anemones while I was exploring there.
From here you can turn around and head back the way you came, finishing up the beautiful trip this is. You can even opt to walk back through one of the many other trails in the park if you want as well.
Make to provide yourself ample time to explore and to not be rushed as it is worth it. There are also many other trails in Fiscalini Ranch if you want to do more hiking, but this is obviously the closest to the ocean. This trail reminds me a lot of the bluffs trail in Montaña de Oro State Park and I highly suggest both of them.
Here is a video on the trail.