California Central Coast

Pismo Beach Area: Beach, Bluff, and Trails

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Head to the Pismo Beach area for some wonderful, scenic running opportunities that include beaches, coastal bluffs, and trail running, and a multi-use path.

Pismo Beach. Creative Commons

Pismo Beach. The longest and most developed beach on the central coast. Start at the preserve or downtown and run south for miles and miles. It’s 12 miles to the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. Fairly reliable compact sand, especially near low tide.

South Pallisades Park & Shell Bluff Trail. Located 3 miles north of Pismo Beach, a very scenic route on a paved path on the bluff above the beach in South Pallisades Park, connecting to the Shell Bluff Trail using Indigo Rd. It’s 1.8 miles from the Park to Pirate’s Cove. If you want to add a scenic, killer hill loop back, take the Ontario Ridge Trail back — a 600 foot climb over 1 mile, but a fun descent as a reward. ROUTE MAP (with Ontario Ridge).

Bob Jones Trail. 3 miles out and back. For a short but flat off road run, the Bob Jones trail is a good option. Paved multi-use path that runs from Avila/Pismo KOA right off the 101, west to the golf course. Offers some nice shade as well. ROUTE MAP