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.
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. This means that the only viable access is by hiking a narrow hidden trail that starts on Highway 1.
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). At the trailhead there’s a Private Property sign for the Hearst Corporation explaining their rules.
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.
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. The Ragged Point Inn has lodging and a restaurant about 1.8 miles north of the Ragged Point Beach Trailhead.
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