San Luis Obispo Classic

San Luis Obispo Classic

San Luis Obispo Classic

San Luis Obispo Classic

San Luis Obispo Classic

July 20-July 25, 2022

6 days/5 nights

Rating: Moderate to Easy

Max Capacity: 20

$775 Non-Member Price

$725 Coastwalk Member Price

All Registrants must be 18 years of age or older

Walk on rarely trod trails from Piedras Blancas Light Station to Montana de Oro. Highlights include: Following the CCT through 18 miles of Hearst Ranch, hikes on newly opened trails to a view of the fascinating Diablo Canyon decommissioned power plant, a lighthouse tour, abundant birding & wildflowers, Morro Rock, miles of empty beaches; plus viewing sea otter families & the elephant seal sanctuary. Campsites chosen to maximize privacy and minimize setup. Gourmet dinners and home-made treats provided by our fabulous volunteer chefs.  Local expert guides, hike leaders and naturalists will be joining us daily; guest speakers in the evening for campfire programs.

Max capacity 20





Set in the shadow of Hearst Castle on the California Coastal Trail through the Hearst Ranch, the Piedras Blanca lighthouse, the elephant seal breeding grounds, San Simeon State Park, charming Cambria, spectacular pocket beaches of Montana de Oro State Park and the Point Buchon Trail to Diablo Canyon.


Camping & parking fees; guided hiking; nightly dinners; shuttle transportation; gear haul; evening programs; dinners, hot water/coffee & light breakfast and lunch fixings


July 20 – Night 1: San Simeon State Park Washburn Campground- Beautiful and primitive.

July 21-25 – Nights 2 thru 5: Morro Bay State Park Group Campground- Large and semi private.


There are no additional fitness requirements for this trip.



Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – Day 1:

Cambria to San Simeon State Park- Beach and nature trail walk.

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Day 2:

Piedras Blancas to San Simeon State Beach- Beach, bluffs, forest; lighthouse tour and elephant seals.

Friday, July 22, 2021 – Day 3:

Estero Bluffs, Cayucas and Morro beach walk (10+ miles). Morro Rock and otter families.

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – Day 4:

Morro Bay Esplanade; war canoe row across bay to sand spit; sandspit and beach walk (6+miles) to Hazard Canyon.

Sunday, July 24, 2022 – Day 5:

Montano De Oro Bluffs to Windy Point (Diablo Canyon) and Coon Creek

Monday – July 25, 2022 – Day 6

Harmony Headlands State Park

  • Hiking shoes, boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Waterproof sandals
  • Spare walking shoes & laces
  • Comfy camp shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water-proof windbreaker/ or parka for cold nights
  • Long pants and long sleeve shirt (protection against sunburn, poison oak, and bugs)
  • Layers for upper body
  • Hat for sun protection that ties under chin
  • Beanie for cold, windy conditions
  • Other clothing – underwear, T-shirts, lots of socks, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 spf)
  • Natural bug repellant
  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, blister pads)
  • Personal medicines
  • Day pack
  • Plate, cup, bowl, and eating utensils
  • Sturdy Tupperware for leftovers
  • Flashlight & headlamp with new batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Folding camp chair
  • Tent & Ground Cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • REUSABLE Water Bottle
  • Trail snacks (power bars or jerky)
  • Credit Card & cash for camp showers and treats
  • Solar shower if there is no shower at campsite
  • Shower towel

What’s Included:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


  • Coffee: (Regular in percolator with caffeine free available upon request), Teas, Cocoa, Juice, Milk (1/2 & 1/2, 2% Milk, Soy & Almond Milks)
  • Sweeteners- (sugar, honey)
  • Yogurt
  • Biscotti
  • Hot Cereals (Instant Oatmeal, and prepare it yourself steel cut oats available)
  • Granola
  • Walnuts or assorted nuts
  • Fruit (fresh)- (Blueberries, Bananas, Apples, Oranges / Cuties)
  • Fruit (dried)- Raisins & Craisins


  • Breads- (Multi Grail & Gluten Free)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fruit spreads
  • Cold Cuts
  • Cheeses (sliced)
  • Condiments, (Mustard, Mayonnaise)
  • Butter, (Regular and dairy free)


  • Dinners are included unless otherwise noted and will be provided by Coastwalk’s Volunteer Food Angels. 

Our Chuckwagon Wrangler will do their best to accommodate you but if you have special dietary needs please bring your food in a small cooler and we will be sure to provide you with ice throughout the trip.

Mike Minky

2022 will be the 9th year that Mike Minky leads the SLO Coastwalk. Mike owns several record companies specializing in a wide range of classics from Cambodian psychedelic surf bands to Calypso to ‘60’s East L.A. garage bands. Mike’s first Coastwalk was joining the 2003 Border to Border walkers for 3 weeks on the San Simeon to Carpinteria leg. As land acquisitions have opened up new trails on the Central Coast, Mike has been bushwhacking and marking for the future route of the California Coastal Trail.




Bob Adams: I was born to a mom that loved taking her dogs for long walks. It was the 50’s & 60’s and San Francisco was a much less “developed” area, offering large areas to hike or drive to one of the many open coastal properties nearby for a daily 4-6-mile walk.

My dad would arrange family gatherings and camping adventures throughout the Western United States. I then spent 24 years flying Air Force Cargo Aircraft around the world which afforded me access to hiking and camping opportunities throughout the globe so that I was able to hike on every continent-including Antarctica!

Alone, with family or like-minded groups I have spent my years with a love of the outdoors. I spent 20 years as a RN at medical, surgical, oncology hospitals units.

I joined Coastwalk several years ago for another opportunity to discover new hiking and camping experiences and have been a Chuckwagon Wrangler supporting Coastwalks in almost every coastal county. This is my first year as a Walk Leader & organizer and I look forward to sharing some of my favorite hiking areas with like-minded friends & coastal enthusiasts”.