Pond Dune Trail
The Pond Dune Trail (aka Pond Trail) begins at the northwest corner of the Devereux Slough. To get there you can park on the street where Storke Rd meets El Collegio Rd at the start of the Slough Road and walk 4/10ths of a mile through the student housing parking lot and continuing on along the Veneco Road that runs across the north side of the Devereux Slough. The distance from the trail head to the ocean is approximately 3/4ths of a mile. An extensive number of interpretive signs will help to explain the unique habitat and diverse wildlife in the area.
A loop hike around Devereux Slough (an easy and pleasant 1.5 hour stroll) can be made by heading east along the beach past the Snowy Plover habitat and up a steep grade to the top of the bluffs. At the top check out the interpretive panels before heading north on Slough Road along eastern side of the Slough. Use caution while walking on the road since there is some car traffic. Alternatively, you can go in the reverse direction. The loop hike is approximately 2.5 miles.
The trail goes through Coal Oil Point Reserve and is limited to pedestrians only. This is an active environmental research area and access to areas adjacent to the trail is restricted.
Address: Ellwood Devereux Open Space
United StatesAmenities: Beach access, benches, interpretive signsTrail Distance: .75 miles for trail only.Shade: LimitedObstacles: The sand in the dune area near the ocean is soft for about 250 feetTrail Surface:
Regional Trail Segment: Veneco Road is part of the California Coastal Trail and the Anza National Historic TrailAccess Mode: Car, Bicycle, and Public Transit