The ocean breeze coming off the Pacific makes this a perfect summer stroll.
The Wilbur's Watch hike is a great trail to see wildflowers in the spring months, including purple iris, purple-blue blue-eyed grass, pink checkerbloom, white yarrow, orange California poppy, yellow buttercups, red paintbrush, and blue and white lupine.
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation change: 260 feet
Hiking time: 1 hour
Trail surface: Packed dirt
Best Season: All year, but spring is the best time to see the wildflowers
Managing agency: POST
Parking lot location: Click here for directions
Overview: The Wilbur’s Watch hike is a one-mile out-and-back trail located on POST-protected Cloverdale Ranch. From the trailhead’s small parking lot on Pigeon Point Road, the trail leads uphill through grassland and native coastal scrub to a breathtaking lookout. The elevation gain is minimal and this beautiful hike is rated easy.
There are several switchbacks to ease the grade as you hike through a mix of grassland and shrubs, with spectacular views of the ocean and Pigeon Point Lighthouse all along the way.
From the top, relax on recycled redwood benches and peer through the telescope to take in panoramic views from Montara Mountain in the north to Año Nuevo State Reserve in the south. When you’re ready to head back, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.
The Wilbur’s Watch trail is dedicated to Colburn Wilbur, retired executive director of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, who worked to protect thousands of acres of open space in California.