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San Simeon Pier

San Simeon is on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Its position along State Route 1 is approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, each of those cities being roughly 230 mi (370 km) away. A key feature of the area is Hearst Castle, a hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century that is now a tourist attraction. (Wikipedia)


San Simeon Pier - Nestled in the small cove protected by San Simeon Point, and somewhat out of sight of the cars passing nearby on Highway 1, this pier is located in the William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach. The beach park is a popular spot to stop and relax and contains picnic tables, barbecue pits, a eucalyptus forest and the small beach. There is also a bait and tackle shop and sportfishing boats operate from the end of the pier (some years). Of course the thing which brings most people to San Simeon is the nearby Hearst Castle, the most visited state park in California and a place everyone should visit at least once.


The pier itself is small, being 850-foot-long (some sources say 797) but only 12 feet wide. The deck sits 22 feet above the fairly shallow water and the bottom here is mainly sand although there are quite a few rocks south of the pier. Just to the north of the pier is a small creek which flows into the ocean and which can attract a few steelhead in the fall. There is often a heavy growth of kelp around the pilings during summer and fall months and pilings generally have a heavy growth of mussels. To the north sits San Simeon Point; it forms and helps protect the cove. The point deflects many of the waves and one result is a generally mild surf on the beach adjacent to the pier. But not always! The pier, which was built in 1957, was repaired in 1969, 1982 and 1983, all as a result of damage from winter waves. (Source -

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Taken on January 31, 2010