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Full Day Hikes

Anyone with two working legs can go for a nature hike without a guide, and this is a good thing. Hiking in California is a wonderful way to reduce stress, keep fit and regain a sense of balance in one's life. But sometimes you may be looking for something more. Perhaps you want to learn more about the world you are hiking through. Perhaps you want to stretch your comfort zone and want someone to lead the way. Perhaps you just want to be pampered and have someone take care of all the details, including setting out a gourmet picnic lunch.

Central Coast Outdoors Full Day Naturalist Hikes

Our guided day hikes and eco tours of the Central Coast of California are for those looking for a guide to enhance their experience. On these guided naturalist hikes and eco tours you'll be surprised at how much you can learn about California's Central Coast and how rewarding and fun it can be. Forget those dry science lectures you remember from school. Hiking in Central California with us you'll taste edible plants, smell natural herbs and spices and see birds and other wildlife. We let the season and what pops up on the trail determine what we talk about and experience.

Our Private Exclusive Tour Guarantee

All of our guided day hikes are guaranteed to be private exclusive affairs. Once we meet you at the start of the tour, we are yours for the rest of the trip. Our guides will cater to your personal preferences and can change the tour (within reason) to fit your needs. No one else will be on the tour. Our minimum booking size is two people and our prices vary according to your group size. Treat yourself to our personalized service!

HIKING: Big Sur Ecotour (Family Friendly)

Central Coast Outdoors Big Sur Easy Hiking Trip

Hiking in Central California is never more dramatic than along the Big Sur Coast. Our private guided day hike of Big Sur is a classic Big Sur adventure. We explore misty redwood filled canyons, waterfalls, rocky beaches and several intriguing historic sites, all in the span of one day! Using our company vehicle, your guide will drive you between the various Big Sur trailheads, leaving you free to admire the stunning views of the coast and watch for a glimpse of the majestic and rare California condor or even whales.

At Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park you will take several short hikes; visiting a secluded rocky cove, several historic structures and a waterfall plunging to the sands below. Amongst these Big Sur wonders your knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide will relate stories behind the scenes and lay out a gourmet picnic lunch

under the redwoods. Later in the afternoon we visit Limekiln State Park, where delightful trails meander among redwoods to historic limekilns. An optional side trip with stream crossings takes you to a spectacular 100' foot waterfall. This Big Sur eco tour is a great trip for people of all ages and abilities!

Distance4-5 miles. Total hike time is 3-4 hours
Total Tour Time6-8 hours, including driving time and lunch.
DifficultyModerately Easy
TerrainMostly gentle terrain with one steep 1/4 mile descent and climb.
Complimentary Pick-UpMorro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Treebones Resort. Please call if interested in pick-up fees for other locations.
Price per person, by group size (Youth Discounts)
2 3 4 5-9 10+
$159 $129 $119 $109 $99

“The hike with you was very enjoyable. We could have walked the same beach ourselves for free but would not have felt "the better" for it with all the info and local flavor your tour included. Thanks!”

Elizabeth Lak
Aliso Viejo, CA




* All our hiking tours are private tours! Min. booking size is two people. *

HIKING: Montaña de Oro Long

This trip unavailable until at least January 1, 2013 due to a fire in Montana de Oro State Park. Please contact us for other hiking options.

Montaña de Oro is a hiker's dream come true. This pristine stretch of coastline just south of Morro Bay has miles of hiking trails that feature unparalleled views and diverse coastal habitats. Our guided day hike in the park is a challenging circuit taking in coastal scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian habitat and stunning Pacific coastal bluffs. About the only thing missing are the crowds you might expect to find with such first class hiking in Central California! Your knowledgeable guide will identify plants and animals along the way, as well as set out a gourmet picnic lunch along the trail. At the end of this guided day hike you'll marvel at how much you've seen and done in Central California.

Central Coast Outdoors Montana de Oro Hiking Trip


Distance9 miles. Total hike time is 6-7 hours
DifficultyModerately Strenuous
TerrainHilly. Total elevation gain and lost is 1300'.
Price per person, by group size
2 3 4 5-9 10+
$109 $99 $89 $79 $69