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Headlands Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 93' 28 m
Descent: -152' -46 m
High: 157' 48 m
Low: 10' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

Dogs

Unknown
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Trail shared by Lindsey Hubert Roberts

This nice out and back trail is an easy day route with breathtaking coastal views.

Lindsey Hubert Roberts

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No dogs. No bikes.

Description

This is the only trail in tiny Harmony Headlands State Park. A 10 car parking lot right off Highway 1 has ample signage and free brochures and trail maps. The start of the trail appears to have been a road at some point - fairly level hardpack that is quite wide. There is one portapotty about half a mile in at the old ranch house (easy to spot on a small offshoot of the main trail).

Continue on the main trail, over scrubby grassland and through a small grove of eucalyptus out to coastal bluffs. You can scramble down to rocky beaches and tide pools near the end of the trail. Be sure to carry a wind and sun protective layer of clothing as the weather in the parking lot can be quite different from the conditions on the bluffs.

Flora & Fauna

There is abundant wildlife, especially birds and lizards. We also saw snakes and deer, although you may need to look a bit harder to spot these. Wildflowers were visible, even in July.

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May 20, 2019
Igor Shatalov
Saw a snake? 3.5mi — 14h 51m

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Photos

Panorama of Harmony Headlands Cove.
Jul 11, 2016 near Cambria, CA
A neat geologic feature on the cliffs above the ocean.
Jul 11, 2016 near Cambria, CA
Ocean views, looking toward the panoramic vista point.
Jul 11, 2016 near Cambria, CA
Historic Ranch House, not open to the public.
Jul 11, 2016 near Cayucos, CA
Harmony Headland flight.
Jul 15, 2016 near Cayucos, CA
View from trailhead.
Jul 11, 2016 near Cayucos, CA

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