Pictures of the
Pecho Coast Trail
Near Avila Beach, California

Taken by Jim Zimmerlin

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On a beautiful day in December of 2003 I was lucky enough to part of a group of PG&E employees who made the several mile trek along the Pecho Coast Trail to the lighthouse at Point San Luis.

For years, this area was off limits to the public due to security concerns...  it sits in the buffer zone that surrounds the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.  During the 1990's, however, PG&E and a unique partnership of government and non-profit groups teamed up to restore some limited public access to the trail and the lighthouse.

The Pecho Coast Trail begins from the area near the entrance to Diablo Canyon, and takes you up in to the hills overlooking the Port San Luis Harbor and around the point to where the lighthouse sits.  The views are spectacular! 

Here are some pictures I snapped during the hike, using my Minolta digital camera...

Port San Luis
A few minutes in to the hike you get this beautiful view of Port San Luis
Harford Pier at Port San Luis
Later you get this beautiful view of Harford Pier and the boats tied up in the harbor.
There's a restaurant at the end of that pier.  After the hike, it's a good place for a nice meal.
It's often misspelled as "Hartford" but it's really the Harford Pier.
Harford pier as seen from the Pecho Coast trail
This oak tree and the hills made a nice frame for this particular view of the end of the pier.
Port San Luis light house
This was our destination...  the old lighthouse at Point San Luis.
It's no longer active, but the building is being restored.
Port San Luis lighthouse interior
A restored room inside the old lighthouse building.
Hikers on the Pecho Coast trail
Our group of hikers poses for a self-portrait in front of the old lighthouse building.
I used my camera's self-timer so I could be in the photo...  green shirt, far right.

You can see some interesting overhead views of the lighthouse area here

Learn more about the Pecho Coast Trail here and here

The general public is welcome on the Pecho Coast Trail,
but only on pre-arranged hikes led by trained docents.
These hikes occur twice each week throughout the entire year.
Call (805) 541-TREK to be included in a future hike.

Four years after taking these photos, I did the hike again with a much better camera.
Click here to see some gorgeous photos from my Canon Digital Rebel XTi.

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