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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