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Ellwood Beach Trail

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Trail

2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 25' 8 m
Descent: -25' -8 m
High: 18' 6 m
Low: 8' 3 m

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Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

Run from Ellwood Beach to Haskell's Beach along the coastline.

John McKinney

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Runner Notes

This trail is not ideal for running on given the soft sand terrain that is comprised of.

Description

Starting at the end of the Ellwood Beach Connector, on sandy Ellwood Beach, this trail heads up the coast. After running a short distance you'll pass by piles of wood pilings and supports on the beach, which are the result of damage caused by a Japanese World War II attack on the Pacific Coast Highway bridge over the Southern Pacific railroad tracks. Continuing for another mile along the beach you'll reach an old oil-drilling pier that is now known as Pelican Point since it is home to a series of roosts for brown pelicans.

Running another 1/2 of a mile along the coast you'll pass below the Sandpiper Golf Course, which sits on the cliffs above, before reaching Haskell's Beach. At this point the Ellwood Beach Trail ends and you can run back along the same route to Ellwood Beach or continue onto Haskell's Beach Trail to extend your run.

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.

Flora & Fauna

You'll likely spot brown pelicans at Pelican Point on the trail.

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View of the Ellwood Beach Trail as it runs up the coast.
Aug 1, 2017 near Isla Vista, CA
The four brown pelican roosts off of the coast from the Ellwood Beach Trail.
Aug 1, 2017 near Isla Vista, CA
Down-coast view from the Sperling Preserve Trail bluffs.
Aug 2, 2017 near Isla Vista, CA

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