Guadalupe Dunes/Mussle Rock and "maybe" Oso Flaco Lake

 

Over the past couple of years we have made an annual trek to Guadalupe Dunes and several people said to me personally it was one of the best hikes of the year so I thought let's do it again this year. The hike from Guadalupe Dunes Preserve to Mussel Rock is at least 6 miles round trip but could be more if some of you choose to explore the beach heading north to Point Sal. There is no real trail. It's all cross country up and down sand dunes ridges. While the overall distance is not that far the hike is a bit of a challenge because hiking up and down sand dunes  is not as easy as you might think! And, there is one additional challenge this year. This year we are going to do a loop around Mussle Rock which means we will descend down a somewhat steep cliff anchored in by a rope to the beach...I am confident everyone who wants to will be able to descend down the cliff using the rope but if you have a fear of climbing down backwards you will either have to come back a different route or skip the trip altogether. Important Note: I am also placing a limit of only 24 hikers on this trip due to potential parking problems at the trail head.

Hiking along the Guadalupe Dunes

 

 Once we finish our hike to Guadulope Dunes, if there is enough time, we will head over to hike to Oso Flaco Lake which is nearby. Oso Flaco Lake Trail is a 2.2 mile out and back trail to the beach passing a beautiful Lake which is home to many, many, bird species.

 

View of the Coastline from atop Guadalupe Dunes

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  • Pedro Ruiz A.

    Thanks Bill: It was AWESOME, probably one of the best hikings I've done with this group..

    October 21, 2013

  • Darrell C.

    I really enjoyed this hike. Thanks for organizing it Bill.

    October 20, 2013

  • Kathleen

    I loved this hike! Thanks, Bill.

    October 20, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Kathleen...glad you and Cynthia were able to join us...

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an awesome adventure. Glad I attended. Can't wait to do it again.

    October 20, 2013

  • Linda

    Awesome hike that got better and better

    October 20, 2013

  • Paul

    Good time, as usual.

    October 20, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Great day Bill. what a great bunch of people! Loved hiking along the steep sandy bluffs with the blue ocean below and technical rope work needed to get back down!

    October 19, 2013

  • Linda

    Hi guys

    We meet at parking lot in dunes area at end of Main Street right?

    Thanks

    October 18, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Yes, just follow Main Street until it ends. It's probably five or six miles outside of town...

      October 18, 2013

  • chong ye r.

    Please remove me from the waiting list, I won't be able to make it this weekend. Thanks Chong

    October 18, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Weather from NOAA for Guadalupe Dunes Co. Park:
    Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
    Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 52. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Pedro Ruiz A.

    Good morning:
    I would like to hit the road early in the morning: where and when we can meet at the trailhead?. Thanks a Lot !!

    October 17, 2013

  • Darrell C.

    Bill, we will be coming from the Fresno Area, so we will meet you at the trailhead also. Just to be sure what are the directions to the trailhead? Thanks

    October 17, 2013

  • Doug

    Hi Bill,

    I am planning to be on the Central Coast that weekend and would like to go on the hike. Can I meet you at the trailhead? What time will you be there?

    September 28, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Doug, I suspect we will get there sometime between 9:45 and 10:00

      September 28, 2013

    • Doug

      Thanks, Bill. C U then.

      September 29, 2013

  • Kathleen

    I am going to come to Guadalupe Dunes hike cause I heard it was awesome, not to miss, really great. I moved heaven and earth to change my call schedule and I can't wait! See Ya'll soon.

    2 · September 25, 2013

  • Carlos

    Is there any interest in October for a hike along Montana de Oro to see the whales or the seals that rest there on their migration?

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many total miles?

    September 7, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Around six or seven miles Janice...

      1 · September 7, 2013

    • Carlos

      Except for the first dune (if we go to point sal) its pretty level. If we walk from Guadalupe Dunes to Oso Flaco, its all level and we should meet several flocks of California Brown Pelicans resting with other birds along the way.

      September 8, 2013

  • Carlos

    Its a pretty walk to go from Guadalupe Dunes to Point Sal. We may even see a few whales from the top of the Dunes or from Point Sal, since that is where they cut in to go south. :D

    September 7, 2013

  • Paul

    I was hoping you would post this one again.

    September 7, 2013

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