Pecho Coast Trail Reservations

The Pecho Coast Trail, a docent-led hike to the Point San Luis Lighthouse, is accessed by traveling through Avila Beach and parking at the Port San Luis Harbor parking lot located at the base of the pier. Driving Directions (pdf)
Please note: Do not park at gate with Lighthouse tour banner. The trail head is located up the road, by the Fisherman's Memorial, a fountain with sculptured dolphins.

The trail to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is open to 20 hikers on Wednesday and 40 hikers on Saturdays with an 8:45 check-in and a return time of 1 PM.

Reservations are strongly encouraged to avoid being turned away at the trailhead.

Reservations need to be made two weeks in advance of the hike. For information regarding the 8 mile roundtrip hike to Rattlesnake Canyon and for information regarding special group hikes, please call (805) 541-TREK (8735) or (805) 528-8758

The hike to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is 3.75 miles round trip and moderately strenuous with uneven terrain, steep cliffs and grades, narrow trails, and crumbling earth. Sturdy hiking shoes are required.

To reserve a spot on a Pecho Trail hike, please fill out the information below and bring your rsigned release form to the trailhead on the day of the hike. Be sure to wait for your reservation confirmation and print a copy of the release form (this signed waiver will be required to go on the trail). Children must be 9 years or older to hike on the Pecho Coast Trail. Infants in carriers are not permitted on trail.

At the Light Station, an admission fee of $5 per person, age 12 and older, will be required of those participating in Docent-led tours of the Lighthouse Station. The site grounds and the exterior of the buildings can be visited at no charge. This fee supports the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers efforts to preserve, restore, and keep the Light Station accessible to the public. For trolley information visit the Lighthouse Keeper web site at

Please note that hikes will not go out during rainy or inclement weather, or at any time that operational requirements or safety dictate the need for closure. For current weather conditions please check
First Name:
Last Name:
Number In Party:
Date You Wish To Hike:
(Please enter date in yyyy-mm-dd format.)
I have read, understood, and
agreed to the trail's rules and
regulations (pdf)
I will bring a copy
of the signed release form (pdf) for
each hiker in my party (only one
waiver per family is required)
on the day of the hike and
present it to the appropriate
personnel prior to
walking on the trail.
I have read and understood that there is
a mandatory fee to tour the Lighthouse
Be sure to wait for your confirmation and remember that you will need to print a copy of your waiver to check in!

If you have questions about your reservation, or need to cancel, please call (805) 541-Trek (541-8735) or (805) 528-8758.