Holiday Walk on the Bluffs with Mimi Kimball - December 10

December 10th Holiday Hike

Estero Bluffs State Park

Saturday, December 10th, 1 pm
Killer's Surf Spot aka Fig Tree Parking Area

It's that time again!  The Cayucos Land Conservancy, in partnership with the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce, invites you to our annual Holiday Walk on the Bluffs, this year on Saturday December 10th at 1 PM.  

Join longtime CLC member and Hike Leader Mimi Kimball for stories of indigenous people of the central coast, fun facts about marine mammals and coastal geology. This is a perfect walk for all ages.

Mimi Kimball telling stories on the Bluffs


Meet at the Fig Tree Parking area (You can find it on Google Maps.) on Highway 1, about 1.25 miles north of Cayucos proper (past the San Geronimo windmill, past the next hill, large pullout. Look for the CLC banner. 

Bring a jacket, binoculars & a water bottle, wear good walking shoes and sunscreen. Hiking sticks are also a good idea.

The walk will take about an hour and a half.  No RSVP required.  
We hope you can join us!


Past events:

Tide Pools with Sally Krenn

Sunday, January 30 @ 2:00pm

Sally Krenn


Your guide, Sally Krenn, is a retired biologist from Pacific Gas & Electric and has conducted research in the intertidal and subtidal areas located along the Diablo Canyon Coastline. She is currently a volunteer for State Parks and has led numerous tide pool walks along the Montana de Oro coastline. Currently on the board for the Bay Foundation, she is an advocate for the protection of these intertidal areas.


The Central Coast offers a great opportunity to explore and observe tidepools of the rocky intertidal reef, where you'll get the chance to witness an astonishing array of seaweeds and animals that dwell within them. Sea stars, hermit crabs, and sea anemones, are just a few species of invertebrates that can be found in this magnificent ecosystem. One will also learn how to engage in a quest to search for the colorful nudibranchs and to search under rocks and crevices for mysterious species like the two spotted octopus.
Goal: Learn about the fascinating animals and plants in the intertidal reef, and how to use “tide pool etiquette” so our access to this interesting and delicate ecosystem does not harm the invertebrates and seaweeds that thrive along our coast.


  • Wear sturdy closed-toe beach shoes, prepare to get wet.
  • 2:00pm at the 6th Street Public Access in Cayucos

Estero Bluffs Rocks!

Geology Walk with Norma Wightman
Saturday, February 12 @ 1:30pm
RSVP required

Norma in action


Norma Wightman, a Morro Bay resident, has been a California State Parks volunteer walk leader for over 25 years, and is well known for her geology walks.


Thirty million years ago tectonic plate subduction bulldozed part of the ocean floor into the tortured mixture called Franciscan melange seen along Estero Bluffs. See the mix of tortured rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic and volcanic) that tectonic forces spewed up along this scenic section of coastline. Learn about the bulldozer effect as the Pacific Plate subducted under the North American place to form a unique mix called the Franciscan Melange.


To observe “bulldozer effect” of subduction zone underneath the North American plate leading to a mélange of rock types, disrupted from their oceanic mantle sequence and encourage observation and comparison with other coastal areas with more uniform rocks.


  • Bring binoculars and water; wear sturdy beach shoes and layered clothing.
  • Meet in dirt parking lot one mile north of the end of divided section of Hwy 1, north of Cayucos. (Fig Tree Parking Area)
  • Moderate hike but short, steep path to beach. 2 miles. 2 hrs.
  • Rain cancels. Rain date is February 19 at 1:30pm.
  • RSVP required. This walk is limited to the first twelve respondents. (

Birds! Birds! Birds! with Tom Edell

Saturday, April 2 at 8:30 am
This Walk Is Filled


Biologist Tom Edell has tracked San Luis Obispo County birds for over 40 years. He is an eBird reviewer for San Luis Obispo County, serves on the board of the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay, and leads offshore boat trips for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival.


Villa Creek is a prime location for bird watching with its proximity to a wide variety of different natural habitats to support them. We will identify different species and learn more about their behaviors and how to identify them. Our walk will take us through the coastal bluff to the beach and then along the beach to the Villa Creek lagoon. On our way back we will check the rocky shoreline if time permits. We will observe a wide variety of birds including waterfowl, ocean birds ( grebes and cormorants), gulls, shorebirds (Snowy Plover), sparrows and finches. Learn about their behaviors - feeding, vocalizations, nesting and more. Trip distance will be about 1.5 miles.


To identify coastal birds while observing their behaviors in their native habitats from the bay, rocky shores and sandy beaches to the grasslands nearer the highway.




Identify Species on Estero Bluffs

iNaturalist tutorial at Cayucos Coffee and a walk at Estero Bluffs with Tom Seville

(This walk will be repeated in Spring 2023. Date TBD)



Tom Seville is a life long observer of the natural world and very interested in the Biology of Estero Bluffs State Park. Tom has found iNaturalist to be a fun and efficient program enabling non-specialists to add to the scientific community data set, explore our own Estero Bluffs State Park, learn a little Biology, and view the natural world surrounding Cayucos from a Citizen/Scientist perspective.


Have fun while contributing to our community’s understanding of the organisms found at the Estero Bluffs State Park. Participants will use cell phones to photograph observed species within the Park boundaries. Photos collected are downloaded in to the iNaturalist App for Species Identification with location coordinates. Data collected is used to determine species present, distribution, and population.


To observe, identify and record the species found at Estero Bluffs State Park on the iNaturalist App.


It is recommended that you download the iNaturalist App onto your smart phone before the walk from Be sure to “Create an Account” on iNaturalist to enjoy the fun! Data collected is best viewed from a Desktop or LapTop Computer when you return home. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

Estero Bluffs State Park Species List



Stalking the Wildlife of Hollywood Hill

with Joel Germond


Dr. Joel Germond is a semi-retired clinical psychologist who has been an avid lover and observer of nature since childhood and is now a local expert on the flora and fauna of the Cayucos hillsides. Since moving to the area in 2007 he has focused on learning to identify and photograph all the interesting biodiversity of the amazing California central coast. He hikes daily with his wife Paolina Aligero, an avid nature lover herself. (See our article on the Hillsides)


Hollywood Hill - sometimes called Hang Glider Hill by the locals is host to an amazing biodiversity that is mostly unsuspected by those driving past on Hwy 1. Badgers, Mountain Lions and over 75 species of birds have been seen in these environs. Our hike will take us through coastal chaparral, grassy hillsides and along a thicket of willows and honeysuckle. Perhaps we'll see one of the many species of reptiles and amphibians that are to be found up there.


To observe, enjoy and record the animal and plant species found on Hollywood Hill.


Bring binoculars (cameras optional), wear sturdy shoes and consider walking sticks. Meet at the water towers adjacent to Hacienda Drive (south of Old Creek Rd.). This rigorous walk will proceed up the backside of Hollywood hill to the top and loop back. Two hours or longer.