Autumn on the Central Coast typically provides excellent conditions for outdoor activities like cycling. A popular destination for two-wheel enthusiasts is Morro Bay, where you can wheel along miles of trails while gazing at stunning ocean views amid pristine natural settings. Here are 11 trails within a 10-mile radius of Morro Bay. For more details, download a city bike map at morrobay.org.
Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier Beach Cruise
Catch views of Morro Rock, surf beaches and pristine bays all along this 6.05-mile ride (one-way) in the sand.
Morro Bay Harbor Walk
Ride along the 0.5-mile Morro Bay Harbor Walk, which stretches from the Embarcadero to iconic Morro Rock.
Downtown to Morro Bay State Park and Dunes Cloister Trail
Begin downtown and ride along the bay to Morro Bay State Park and the marina, then up to the Embarcadero and Harbor Walk path to Morro Rock. Head to the new Morro Creek Trail Bridge to Cloisters Park, where you can pedal down to and along the beach.
Morro Bay Bike Park
This city park is designed for all ages and skill levels. It incorporates a pump track, dirt jumps and mountain bike skills area. 301 Little Morro Creek Rd.
A breathtaking approximately 3-mile round trip ride with some moderately steep climbs.
Cerro Cabrillo and Tiki Rock
The trail to the 911-foot summit passes by Tiki Rock, a boulder that resembles Polynesian carvings. 2.5-mile round trip.
Lower Crespi Trail
This 1.6-mile trail includes several challenging climbs and downhill sections, wooden bridges and great opportunities for spotting wildlife.
Quarry Short Loop
This 2.3-mile loop ride through rolling hills is mostly a single-track trail through a quiet, lightly traveled area.
Hazard Peak Trail
A 4.1-mile trek with cliff
Oat’s Peak Trail
Fun switchbacks line this
11.3-mile trail to and from the 1,433-foot summit.
A 4.6-mile round-trip ride on a fast, flat trail along the bluffs.
This story was originally published in the Fall 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.