Pecho Coast Trail Reservations

The Pecho Coast Trail offers two guided hikes, the 3.75 roundtrip hike to Point San Luis Lighthouse, and the 8 mile roundtrip hike to Rattlesnake Canyon. Please carefully read for more information about the two hikes. The trailhead for both hikes is accessed via Avila Beach and parking is available at the Port San Luis Harbor parking lot, located at the base of the pier. Directions can be found at Pecho Coast Trail Driving Directions. Allow extra travel time for traffic and parking conditions.

Please do not park at gate displaying the Lighthouse tour banner; park in the Port San Luis Harbor District parking lot (see Driving Directions for details). The trailhead is at the Fisherman's Memorial located between the Port’s parking lot and Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s entrance gates.

The hike to the Lighthouse is 3.75 miles, round trip, moderately strenuous with uneven terrain, steep cliffs and grades, narrow trails, crumbling earth. Sturdy hiking shoes are required. Due to the uneven terrain infants in carriers are not allowed and children must be at least 9 years old. Due to sensitive habitat, pets cannot be allowed on trails. The trail to the Lighthouse is open to 20 hikers on Wednesday and 40 hikers on Saturdays with an 8:45 a.m. check-in and a return time of 1 p.m. Reservations are required. If a cancellation is necessary, please call (805) 528-8758 or (805) 541-8735 or email

To reserve a spot on the Pecho Coast Trail hike follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the online reservation by clicking here (link).
  2. Select box indicating that you have read and understand information and rules provided for recreational hikes at Point Buchon and Pecho Coast (confirmation will not be generated without selecting).
  3. Wait for the reservation confirmation screen to appear.
  4. Please bring items, as suggested in information provided for the trails, to ensure a safe & enjoyable hike.

Hikes need to be reserved two weeks prior to the hike date and during peak summer months the reservations fill up quickly.

For information regarding the 8-mile roundtrip Rattlesnake Canyon hike, which takes visitors further north along the coastal bluffs, to an oak wooded canyon or to arrange special group hikes, please call (805) 528-8758 or (805) 541-8735.

At the Light Station, an admission fee of $5 per person, age 12 and older, will be required of those participating in docent guided 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 accessibility options, trolley information or to inquire about special events; please visit the Lighthouse Keeper web site at Point San Luis Lighthouse.

Hikes will be cancelled for rainy or inclement weather, or at any time that operational requirements or safety dictate the need for closure. For current weather conditions please check San Luis Obispo Weather.

First Name:
Last Name:
Number In Party:
Date You Wish To Hike:
(Please enter date in yyyy-mm-dd format.)
I have read and understand information and rules provided for Point Buchon and Pecho Coast trails recreational hikes. (Confirmation will not be generated until selected)
I understand there is a five dollars ($5.00) admission fee for the Lighthouse Tour.
Once you have completed this form, select the next button below, and wait for the confirmation screen to appear. If you have questions about your reservation, or need to cancel, call (805) 528-8758 or (805) 541-8735 or email