This trailhead offers several options, the beach, a self guided wheelchair accessible nature tour, or a hilltop loop trail.

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Photograph of a red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) like seen on the Washburn Nature Trail near Hearst Castle San Simeon California; click for a larger photo file of this red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).
making new friends on the Washburn Nature trail, the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Photograph of San Simeon Creek Nature Trail at Washburn and  San Simeon Preserve a trail for hiking near Hearst Castle San Simeon California. Click to view a larger photograph of this hiking trail off Pacific Coast Highway 1 on the California Coast.

The Washburn Nature Trail, in Hearst San Simeon State Park next to San Simeon Creek Washburn Nature Trail starts next to San Simeon Creek at the Washburn Day Use Area. Turn off Pacific Coast Highway 1 just south of San Simeon Creek Road; free parking is available at the Washburn Day Use Picnic Area (5 miles south from the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center). There is a short trail to the beach or an easy 3.3 mile loop trail runs through parts of the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Washburn Campground. The hiking trail includes scenic overlooks, rest-stop benches and interpretive panels with information on wildlife and habitat and passes through riparian areas, and several undisturbed native plant communities including unique mima mound topography.. The first mile or so of the trail goes through a seasonal wetland and is wheelchair accessible along a wood boardwalk and pavement. I have pushed my mother along this trail many times; I like it best in the spring, the fall is also good but anytime it is quite nice. The trail starts from the Washburn Day Use Picnic Area so their is good off highway paved parking and restrooms their at the trail head. You can also take a left here and it will take you by San Simeon Creek, under the Pacific Coast Highway 1 bridge and to the beach.



Click Map Icon for a Map of the Hiking Trails of San Simeon California State Park; printable hiking map graphic from the official San Simeon California State Park websiteGraphic Map of the Hiking Trails of San Simeon State ParkOfficial California State Parks System seal: click for Washburn Nature Trail through San Simeon State Park information from official California State Park website, visitor and State Park contact information, campsite reservations etc.

Click Map Icon for a Map of Campgrounds, Hiking Trails, and Picnic Spots near Hearst Castle San Simeon California; custom Google Map for central California  tourist visitor information. Find this trail on the CUSTOM MAP: Camp, Hike and Picnic Near Hearst Castle San Simeon California.

Click Hearst Castle San Simeon Lodging graphic for more information about this tourist attraction visitor activity on www.san-simeon-loging.com website. More information about this trail San Simeon Creek Nature Trail at the Camp, Picnic and Hike near Hearst Castle Index

Click for Washburn Nature Trail through San Simeon State Park aerial photos and other high resolution California coastline photographs taken from helicopter by the California Coastal Records Project. Aerial Photos of hiking trails in this area, San Simeon Creek Nature Trail from the California Coastal Records Project

Hiking Trail Trailhead Location Latitude / Longitude: N35 35.52 W121 07.95
Cool bird Black Crowned Night Heron you may see on this San Simeon California Hike; click for a larger file of this black crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by Christopher Taylor
the Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)one of the birds you might see on this hike (photo credit Christopher Taylor Nature and Wildlife Photography)


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