The Time Is Here! The Pismo Preserve Will Soon Be Open to the Public
The eleven mile trail system at the 900+ acre Pismo Preserve is complete. Over 230 volunteers worked 6,500 hours to build the trails that will be accessible by foot, mountain bike and horse just northeast of the City of Pismo Beach right off Highway 101. Discover the diverse scenery that encompasses the beauty of the Central Coast with oak woodlands, coastal ridgelines and Pacific Ocean Views from Irish Hills to Point Sal.
Besides providing outdoor enthusiasts with vast recreational opportunities, creating the Preserve is allowing The Land Conservancy to protect and improve the natural resources on this unique piece of property. Conservation and restoration efforts provide refuge for threatened and endangered animals and plant communities. For example, the Pismo Creek and other streams provide natural habitats for the southwest pond turtle, the endangered California red-legged frog and the threatened South-Central California Coast Steelhead.
On April 7th, the last trail crew finished the final 100 yards of trail on the Preserve. A small volunteer crew will stay on for the summer to keep the trails maintained as the parking lots and restrooms are completed. They are scheduled to be finished in August and the Pismo Preserve will be open to the public soon after.
Learn more about the Pismo Preserve’s team
This project has been a cooperative effort from day one. Drew Perkins – trail builder for the Soquel Demo Forest flow trail and the Emma McCrary Trail – worked with contractor Tom Becker, a long-time Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers member, and Scott Couture, Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo staffer and Sierra wilderness trail expert. These three men were supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers, San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space & Trails Foundation and Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo.
About the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
This nonprofit educational organization works to expand “the network of sustainable and enjoyable trails in SLO County and to maintain the trails currently in use.” While their main goal is to preserve, protect and promote mountain bike access, they also support diverse trail opportunities throughout the county.
About the San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space & Trails Foundation
This foundation supports trail maintenance, community parks and open space for safe and enhanced experiences for walkers, runners, hikers, dog owners, bicyclists and equestrians across San Luis Obispo County. By educating landowners, organizations and the general public, they hope to maximize recreational use and safety, especially where the government is slow to help.
About the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
Benefiting both people and nature, this organization focuses on a lasting solution to protect and enhance lands that contain scenic, agricultural, habitat and/or cultural value. They work with both landowners and government agencies for mutually beneficial results that protect water sources, promote family farms and ranches and restore wildlife habitats.
Since 1984, they have permanently conserved over 15,200 acres of land in SLO County.
Just a reminder…
The trails are currently in delicate condition and the Pismo Preserve is a private property with no trespassing until it is open to the public this fall. Docent-led hikes are being scheduled for May and June. Visit the Pismo Preserve Trail Project for updates on when you can sign up for one of these hikes.
The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel has been a supporter of the Pismo Preserve Project since day one. We are excited the network of trails will soon be available to our local community and traveling visitors. A stay at the SeaCrest will put you less than a mile from the Pismo Preserve parking lot and trail head. We look forward to sharing this experience with all of our guests.