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Like most other things, hiking is better when it’s done by the beach. And here in California, we have plenty of incredible coastal trails to choose from. But sometimes you don’t have the entire day to devote to scaling a huge trail… and sometimes you’re just not up for an enormous trek. These trails are meant for those days. These hikes are all under five miles long, so you can get your workout in before lunch.

Elk Head Trail, Trinidad State Park

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This trail is a mere mile, and it’s an easy out-and-back hike that offers access to College Cove Beach. The trail is well marked, easy to follow and offers beautiful beach views. As you approach the ocean, you’ll see steep cliffs and large sea stacks. You might also spot some dolphins, sea lions or gray whales.  Bring a camera if you hike this trail—there’s a good chance you’ll see plenty of things worth photographing.

Tuna Canyon, Malibu

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This 5 mile trail is beautiful, but it isn’t easy, so take things slowly if you’re a beginner. With viewpoints at an elevation of 1,500 feet, Tuna Canyon has some of the best views of Santa Monica Bay and the Malibu coast. And with the steep uphill climb to the top, you’ll definitely earn them.

Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore

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This short 1.4 mile “round trip” hike is part of the scenic Point Reyes National Seashore. You’ll walk along a bluff-lined peninsula that forms a section of Point Reyes and head out to the tip, where you’ll find an overlook of the ocean and Chimney Rock itself. This is a beautiful trail to take in any season, but it’s especially stunning in spring because of all the wildflowers.

Point Dume State Beach

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The hike to the top of Point Dume is short, about half a mile, and it’s not overly challenging. But you may find yourself stopping on the way up anyway—the views are that good.

El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach

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El Dorado Nature Center is a stretch of natural habitat that rests between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway. You’ll find several trails here ranging from 1 to 3 miles, so you can decide how long you’d like to spend hiking.

Doheny State Beach

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This may be the best place in Orange County for a beach walk (or run). And if a relaxing walk sounds better than a challenging hiking trail, the 3 mile path here is a perfect choice. You’ll wind up on Capo Beach, which happens to be a great place to watch a sunset.

The Sara Wan Trail, Corral Canyon

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You’ll find Corral Canyon in a 100-acre coastal stretch of Malibu. The Sara Wan Trail is a 2.5 mile loop that winds through a small marsh before heading to the top of the mesa. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world here as you overlook the ocean.

Bayside Trail at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

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The Bayside Trail is an easy 2.8 mile hike with views of San Diego Harbor and Coronado Island. It’s a great place for whale watching and checking out Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a historic structure that dates back to 1850.