Nicholas Flat Trail


The Nicholas Flat Trail is an eight mile round trip hike that is set among rolling grass hills and passes the ocean and a pond. The trail is well-maintained and the hike usually lasts about four and a half hours. There is no camping in the area. The hike is of moderate difficulty. The first three miles of the walk is uphill to about 1,600-feet, so if you are not in top hiking shape, the beginning may wear you out quickly. Also make sure you have sturdy hiking shoes on to support you during the climb. Also be sure to bring along plenty of water because the uphill climb can be tiring and strenuous on hotter, sunny days. The hike is sunny without many shady spots, so be sure to slather on plenty of sun lotion and wear appropriate clothing and accessories. Most hikers think the hike is better early in the morning or later in the afternoon due to the way the shadows effect the views. The views on the hike are great and feature wildflowers, high ocean views, and scenic overlooks. Near Nicholas Pond is a picnic area. There is a rough trail around the pond for those who want to add a bit of distance to the hike.

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