Hearst San Simeon State Park
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk and Santa Rosa Creek
Trailhead: There are several entrances to the trail along Moonstone Beach Drive, but the most accessible are at either end: Leffingwell Landing (north) and Santa Rosa Creek Access (south).
Length: 1-2 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleSanta Rosa Creek boardwalk has some short steep sections.
Terrain: HardThe boardwalk is quite bumpy.
DescriptionThis very popular, well-worn boardwalk in Cambria travels for a mile along a low ocean bluff, with stairs providing access to pocket beaches and tidepools. Starting at the southern (Santa Rosa Creek) end, you follow the rocky shoreline, at times close to Moonstone Beach Drive, then curve away from the road where the boardwalk ends at Leffingwell Landing....
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San Simeon Creek Trail
Trailhead: North end of Washburn day-use lot
Length: Under one mile total
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveThe wooden boardwalk has turnouts, but the hard-packed dirt trail is less than three feet wide, which prevented me from hiking alongside my companion.
Typical Grade: Level
Terrain: FirmBoardwalk ends after less than .25 mile
Obstacles: A slight dip where the end of the boardwalk meets the road might be problematic for some manual wheelchair riders. I had no problems in my motorized wheelchair.
DescriptionA little over a half-mile of this 3.5-mile trail through San Simeon Natural Preserve is accessible to wheelchair riders. From the Washburn day-use parking lot, follow the wooden boardwalk west 100 feet to a vista point overlooking San Simeon Beach and the ocean. Stairs block wheelchair access to the beach from here, but the view makes the short...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: No
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|Managing Agency:||California State Parks|
|Address:||Van Gordon Creek Rd. at San Simeon Creek Rd.|
|Hours:||Moonstone Beach Boardwalk always open. Washburn day-use lot open 8 am-sunset.|
|Dogs:|| On leash|
Must be on leash no longer than 6 feet
|Public Transportation:||SLO Regional Transit|
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, July 1, 2008
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