Duna Vista Loop & Encinal Trails
Location: Lopez Lake, San Luis Obispo County, CA
Miles: 2.2 – 7.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Duration: 1 – 3 hours
Users: Hikers, mountain bikes, dogs, and horses permitted. No wheelchair access.
The Area and Hike:
Most people who live in California know that Lopez Lake is a great destination for all things water-related including windsurfing, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. However, what most people do not realize is that this area is also a great place for hiking.
The Duna Vista Loop is the best path located in the park and is accessible either by a short hike combined with a boat ride or by a long hike. Taking a boat ride and a short hike is perfect for those individuals who are with a group where half want to boat, and half want to explore the area.
The hike starts at the far end of the park if you are not taking a boat. You will pass through a scout camp called Camp French and hike along the lakeside until the trail starts to climb.
All along the trail, you will see wonderful blooming California fuchsias mixed in with chaparral and sage. After you climb about 600 feet you will be rewarded with some wonderful views of the Pismo Dunes, the Pacific Ocean, and the Wilderness of Santa Lucia.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Go for a ride on your bike
This trail is good for bikers. A good climb up and a fun, thrilling, downhill fast ride for biking.
2) Dress comfortably
When going biking or hiking make sure you wear comfy clothes that could get you through a long journey. Wear shorts that could keep you cool and comfortable!
3) Stay hydrated
Always stay hydrated when you plan to go on hiking.