El Capitan to Refugio State Beach
ElevationAscent: 153' 47 m
Descent: -153' -47 m
High: 55' 17 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“Run from El Capitan State beach to Refugio State beach along the coastline.”— John McKinney
Follow the bike path for 1.5 miles up the coast, over the bluff tops, to reach the parking area for Refugio State Beach. Turn right just before the creek to follow the road straight to the beach. Refugio State Beach allows you to check out numerous tide pools along this portion of rocky coastline. At this point the run comes to an end and you can turn around to follow the same route back to El Capitan State Beach.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
Land Manager: California State Parks - El Capitan SB