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Harmony Headlands State Park

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

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Harmony Headlands State Park

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  • Parking area and trailhead.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • The trail is a straight shot to the shore.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Poppies are exploding in early March.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Heritage cypress near the historic residence.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • The green season in Harmony Headlands State Park.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • The Pacific comes into view.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • A welcome bench.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Oxalis.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Paintbrush blooming along the trail.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Poppies!- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • The view south from the headlands.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Looking north.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Oxalis in full bloom.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Wild turkeys in Harmony Headlands State Park.- Harmony Headlands State Park
  • Historic ranch house.- Harmony Headlands State Park
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Pros: 
Easy, scenic hike. Wildflowers in season. Gorgeous coastal views.
Cons: 
Trail is a bit monotonous.
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Region:
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring
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Adventure Description

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Harmony Headlands has been a California state park since 2008, but it remains mostly undeveloped today.  There is basically a parking lot, one trail, a historic ranch building, and a portable toilet. The hike is a real treat, traveling through classic central California marine terrace grasslands that were once slated for a housing development. In early spring the wildflowers down at the headlands can be spectacular, and the landscape is temporarily as green as Ireland.

The trail is an old dirt road that meanders through the gentle hills. A short way up the trail there is a tiny house from the ranching period and a portable toilet. There is not a lot of variation along the trail, and it can get a bit monotonous until the route starts approaching the shore. The coastal views at the end of the trail are quite remarkable and well worth the minimal effort to get there.

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