Appreciate the journey

Find your perfect trail

Hiking the trails of Avila allows you to discover the natural beauty that surrounds the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Casual strolls and leg-burning challenges are at your fingertips with trail access points directly on the Sycamore property. Find your ideal hike ranging from 1.5 to 6 miles as you get ready to experience lush forest terrain, phenomenal ocean vistas, and direct coastal access.

Conquer the trails

“Sycamore Crest Trail”

Onsite trail access

Level: Intermediate

Enjoy a two mile round trip hike showcasing some of the Central Coast’s most honored features: endemic plants, colorful wildflowers, and the pristine Pacific Coastline. Explore shaded sections of scrub oaks, Sycamore, and Manzanita trees on a short, steep route to a summit overlooking spectacular views of Avila Bay and Port San Luis. Meander along the ridge enjoying southern vistas and the smell of California coastal sage. Finish your hike at the historical Cave’s Landing.

“Cave’s Landing”

Level: Easy

A short half-mile round trip hike takes you to a small rock bridge at the end of a dramatic headland. The hike down Cave Landing to the natural tunnel sometimes called “Pirate’s Cave” provides outstanding coastal views. This is a short, easy, and enjoyable trek with 100 feet of elevation change – a perfect excursion for anyone staying in Avila. For more information,view the trail map.

“The Bob Jones ‘City to the Sea’ Trail”

Onsite trail access

Level: Easy

The Bob Jones Trail will satisfy the casual walker, jogger, bicyclist, or roller blade enthusiast. It takes you on an easy, flat 1.5 mile hike from the Resort to the charming beachside community of Avila Beach.

“Ontario Ridge Trail Loop”

Levels: Easy/Intermediate

This rugged, at times challenging trail ridge hike can be modified to fit your fitness level and preference as you take in spectacular ocean views spanning Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. For an intermediate-level, 2.8 mile loop and steep trek across a 700-foot bluff with 675 feet in elevation gain, start at Cave Landing or the Shell Beach Road access. If you prefer an easier, picturesque walk, you can take the road and short Shell Beach Bluff Trail from Shell Beach Road to Cave Landing. Most of this section is paved and wheelchair-friendly overlooking a scenic cove. For more information, view the complete trail network.

“Pismo Preserve”

Level: TBD

Looking forward to a late 2015 opening, the Pismo Preserve will be the latest addition to San Luis Obispo County’s collection of fine hiking trails. Trail access will be conveniently off Highway 101 at Mattie Road, a short five minute drive from Sycamore. Over 900 acres just northeast of the City of Pismo Beach will be at your fingertips. Currently in the works is a multi-use trail system adding nearly a dozen miles of new trails and linkages to the existing ten miles of ranch roads. The outdoor enthusiast in you will love the peaceful oak woodlands and intense coastal ridgelines that provide panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, from Irish Hills to Point Sal.

There is currently no public access allowed on the property. It is private property with no trespassing until the Preserve is open to the public. For more information visit The Land Conservancy of SLO.