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About Ragged Point Beach in San Simeon, California

Ragged Point Beach is a remote beach just north of Ragged Point which is about seven miles north of Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County. This is not the tiny beach below the Ragged Point Inn which is called Youngs Creek Beach. Ragged Point Beach is a gorgeous sandy beach that few venture out to… and for good reason.

Unfortunately the route up and over a rocky point at the south end of San Carpoforo Creek Beach has eroded and is too steep to safely climb and descend (we did it but don’t recommend it). This means that the best access is by hiking a narrow hidden trail that starts on Highway 1. If you wait for a very low tide, it’s possible to round the rock to access Ragged Point Beach.

The trail begins at a small pull-out parking area on a bend in the highway between a blue-signed call box and a “No Campfires” sign. See our map for the exact location or enter these coordinates into your mapping software 35.7597, -121.3214. At the trailhead there’s a Private Property sign for the Hearst Corporation explaining their rules (no camping, fires, hunting, fishing, alcohol/drugs, shooting).

The trail is narrow and overgrown with vegetation so check yourself for ticks after the hike. After passing through a tunnel of trees the trail crosses an open area before getting to the bluff near Ragged Point. Look for a steep loose route down the bluff to the right of the point and be very careful hiking down.

It’s likely that you’ll have this beach all to yourself. The beach has steep rocky points at both ends and is backed by sloping bluffs and piles of rocks.

Ragged Point Inn has lodging and a restaurant about 1.8 miles north of the Ragged Point Beach Trailhead.

Address
18550 CA-1
San Simeon, CA 93452
Owner
Private Lands
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Free parking at the trailhead
Activities
Beachcombing, Hiking, Beach Exploration
Amenities
Trails, Beach Rocks, No Facilities
Map of Ragged Point Beach
Cambria, US
3:14 pm, June 14, 2024
temperature icon 97°F
L: 56° H: 97°
Feels like 109.11 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 8 m/s
UV Index: 8.28
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:22 pm
Humidity 57 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 8 m/s

Nearby Beaches

San Carpoforo Creek Beach

0.3 miles away

The San Carpoforo Creek Beach Access is the northernmost portion of the state-owned properties in Hearst San Simeon State Park....

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