By Hillary Kaiser
Members of the public interested in exploring the pristine PG&E lands surrounding Diablo Canyon Power Plant now have a new website for their use to learn about the property and make reservations.
PG&E recently launched the new site, which includes information about the Point Buchon and the Pecho Coast Trails. Both trails are maintained and managed through PG&E’s land stewardship program.
“Diablo Canyon Power Plant is situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline that is rich in natural and cultural history,” said Jim Welsch, vice president of Nuclear Generation. “Our land stewardship program is focused on preserving and protecting this unique area, but also committed to sharing its wonder with the community. Both trails on our property give the public a chance to explore some of the best views our area has to offer and even visit the Point San Luis Lighthouse, a historical landmark.”
About Point Buchon Trail
The trail, sandwiched between the Irish Hills to the east and the rugged Pecho Coast to the west, is 3.4 miles long. This stunning trail runs south from Coon Creek near Montana De Oro State Park all the way to the Lion Rock overlook, a point just north of Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The trail, which generally follows the coastline, moves inland at several points to avoid ecologically sensitive areas and to give hikers more panoramic views of the coastline.
The trail is open Thursday through Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the spring and summer, and 4 p.m. during winter hours. Hikers must sign in but do not need to have advanced reservations or be accompanied by docents.
About Pecho Coast Trail
The Pecho Coast Trail is accessed by traveling through Avila Beach and parking at the Port San Luis Harbor parking lot located at the base of the pier. Choose from two guided hikes, the 3.75-mile roundtrip hike to Point San Luis Lighthouse and the 8-mile roundtrip hike to Rattlesnake Canyon.
The trail to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is open to 20 hikers on Wednesday and 40 hikers on Saturdays. Docent-led, the hike starts at 9 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. The trail has been open for guided hikes since 1993 and is known for its panoramic views of Avila Beach. Hikers are treated to stunning landscapes while learning interesting facts from docent naturalists.
At the lighthouse, an admission fee of $5 per adult will be required to take a tour of the headkeeper’s quarter’s tour. Children under 12-years-old can visit at no charge. The balance of the site and buildings can be visited at no charge. This fee supports the work of the Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers who restore, maintain, and operate visitor services at this historic site.
The trail to Rattlesnake Canyon starts at the Port San Luis trailhead and continues north along the rugged coast to a secluded oak woodland in Rattlesnake Canyon. The trail is open to 20 hikers on Mondays and by special request. Docent-led, the hike starts at 9 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m.
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