This 4.1-miler can be hiked from either direction, but locals love to start at Avila Beach for a pre-hike cappuccino, and work their way inland. Begin hiking northwest on San Miguel Street, and cross Avila Beach Drive. From here, head north on the Bob Jones Trail, a busy, multi-use path. After 0.3 mile, cross the bridge over San Luis Obispo Creek, veer left around Avila Beach Golf Resort, and immediately turn right to stay on the Bob Jones Trail. The trail continues to parallel the creek, passing ducks, blue herons, and butterflies before finishing with a mile-long walk through Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. Turn around at the spa’s parking lot, and retrace your steps back to the beach.
Mapped by Gail and Harry Moyer