Hike the Salt Point Trail

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Distance

3 miles

Elevation Gain

100 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Josiah Roe

Coastal meadows and wildflowers meet windswept cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

There are numerous points at which you can enter the trail from Highway 1, but on the north it begins as the Salt Point / Stump Beach Parking area and proceeds 1.2 miles to the Visitor Center (and south entrance) at the Gerstle Cove State Marine area, one of the first underwater state parks in California. From there you can follow the road farther south till it turns back into a trail out to Gerstle Point, though this isn't official part of Salt Point Trail. 

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🥇Top Contributor

2 months ago

Rocky ocean

HWY 1 has many amazing stops. This is a great one if you want rocky ocean views. There is also great camping nearby

🥇Top Contributor

6 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views

This is an easy hike to the ocean. Salt Point is an absolutely beautiful place up in Northern California.

Not “dog friendly” at all. No dogs allowed

We wanted to enjoy this hike, it seemed to fit the bill perfectly, but we were misled by the “dog friendly” tag on the description here. Actually dogs are not allowed at all & we were turned away by a ranger.

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3.7/5

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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