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The Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse
North of Avila, California

Another trail across PG&E land adjacent to Diablo Canyon nuclear plant follows the coast north from Avila Bay. The Pecho Coast Trail, requiring reservations and open only to escorted groups, gives access to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse.

Pecho Coast Trail Reservations
Wikipedia: Point San Luis Light

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Pecho Coast Trail begins along Lighthouse Road

Pecho Coast Trail begins along Lighthouse Road

The Pecho Coast Trail begins by following Lighthouse Road, closed to the public but used by trolley shuttles.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Narrow Pecho Coast Trail on a steep hillside

Narrow Pecho Coast Trail on a steep hillside

The narrow footpath crosses steep bluffs through coastal sage scrub.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Smith Island and Whalers Island in Avla Bay

Smith Island and Whalers Island in Avla Bay

The Pecho Coast Trail affords unobstructed views across Avila Bay. Smith Island was once covered with buildings, and Whalers Island was the site of a whaling station.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Pecho Coast Trail descends to the lighthouse

Pecho Coast Trail descends to the lighthouse

After contouring high along the bluffs for a mile, the Pecho Cost Trail descends steeply to the point and the lighthouse.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Whalers Island beach at Point San Luis

Whalers Island beach at Point San Luis

One of the surprises of a visit to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is that there is a white sand beach at Whalers Island, accessible only by boat.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Lighthouse Road terminus

Lighthouse Road terminus

In addition to the Pecho Coast Trail, the Point San Luis Lighthouse can be reached by trolley service along Lighthouse Road.

Pecho Coast Trail to Point San Luis Lighthouse, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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