A community hike in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Refuge is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9 am to 12:00 pm. This hike is sponsored by The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and will be led by Ray Segovia. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM (please plan to arrive between 8:45 and 9:00). It will be a casual/moderate walk through the dunes with some elevation gain of 300 ft, about 2.5-3 hours round-trip. We suggest you dress in layers and bring water and snacks. Closed shoes are recommended as the habitat is coastal dune scrub and there is the possibility of poison oak and ticks in the natural dune areas. For more information, email [email protected]. Heavy rain cancels this trip.
We will be limiting the number of people attending this hike and parking is limited, please register early! Heavy rain cancels this trip (light rain, bring appropriate clothing).
NOTE: Pets, smoking, or alcohol are not allowed on the Refuge, including the parking area, or other properties accessed during the hike (i.e., State Parks and Private Property). Pets may not be left in cars in the parking areas. Remember to please pack out what you pack in.
Directions from the north: Take Hwy 101 south from San Luis Obispo. Turn right (west) at the new Willow Road off ramp (Exit 180). Proceed west on Willow Road for about 4.3 miles, to Highway 1. Turn left (south) on Highway 1 and proceed for 2.7 miles, to Oso Flaco Lake Road. Turn right (west) on Oso Flaco Lake Road. Proceed west on Oso Flaco Lake Road for 2.5 miles to Beagle Road. Look for a 6’ tall wire mesh fence and steel gate. Turn left on Beagle Road and follow the road about 1/4 mile to the parking area.
Directions from the south: Take 101 north to Santa Maria and take the Main Street exit toward the town of Guadalupe. Turn right onto Highway 1 and head north to Oso Flaco Lake Road (about 3 miles north of Guadalupe), turn left onto Oso Flaco Lake Road and proceed 2.5 miles to Beagle Road (on left). Turn left on Beagle Road and follow the road about 1/4 mile to the parking area.
Parking: We will have people posted at the entrance of the USFWS fenced road to direct parking. The gate will be open around 8:30. Please do not park on Oso Flaco Lake Road near the gate as there is not much room and it could be hazardous. There should be plenty of room to park along the USFWS access road. The Oso Flaco Lake State Park lot is another ¾ miles west of Beagle Road, if you need to use a restroom before the hike (there are none along the hike route).
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes-Point Sal Coastal Area contains the largest, relatively undisturbed coastal dune tract in California and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. Five major plant communities are represented including pioneer/foredunes; coastal dune scrub; riparian woodland; coastal dune freshwater marshes, ponds, and swales; and active interior dunes. The flora includes many endemic plant species, and the dunes habitats support numerous rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals. For more information on the history, culture, and biology of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, we recommend you check out the Dune Center website or visit the Dunes Center located at 1065 Guadalupe Street, in the town of Guadalupe.