Year Round Volkswalk Event

Pismo Beach, CA

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Sponsor: Placer Pacers Volkssport Club (AVA 686/CA 46)
Sanction Nr: YRE 1821
Start/Finish Location: Pismo Lighthouse Suites 

2411 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449



Hours: You can only walk between dawn and dusk for safety reasons. 
Pismo Beach PierAlthough there is only one stamp, this event offers you a choice of two routes.  They are on generally flat, paved surfaces and are carry AVA ratings of "1A."  (Both, by the way, drew over 130 walkers and rave reviews during the 2001 California Volkssport Association Convention which the CCPP sponsored here.)

Pismo Beach Pier & Downtown.  The primary walk for this events heads south from the hotel into downtown Pismo Beach.  It includes Pismo Beach, the Pier, the boardwalk, and a monarch butterlfy grove just south of town (best viewing November - March). 

Shell Beach Palisades.  The alternate route wanders north through the Shell Beach area of Pismo Beach, with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Pismo Beach Pier, the Pismo State Beach, and the Nipomo Dunes in the distance. 

Directions: MapAll travelers: Take US-101 to Pismo Beach in southern San Luis Obispo County, CA.

From the south:
*   Pass the Price Street exit and take the Shell Beach Road exit.
*   Turn left under the highway.
*   Turn left again onto Shell Beach Road.
*   With the Pacific Ocean to your right, double back until you reach the hotel, which will be on your right.

From the north:
*  Take the Price Street exit.
*  Go through town, continuing until you get to the hotel, which will be on your left.

Awards: The Pooter Patches from years past are available as "B" awards. 
Fees: Ask for the "volksmarch book" at the customer service counter.  Every participant must register, sign the liability waiver, carry a start card, and turn the start card in at the end of the event.  Fees are:      
     *   "B" award  $4.00      
     *   IVV/AVA Credit Only  $3.00 
     *   Participation Only Free 
Note:  Awards are not kept at the start/finish.  They will be mailed to you at no additional cost.
IVV Credit: You are eligible for IVV Individual Achievement Awards program event credit every time you complete the course and pay your fee.    Of course, you also earn distance credit every time you complete the course.
Geocaching Geocaching is a new sport where participants participate in the "Global GPS Cache Hunt."  The CCPP is in the process of establishing "virtual caches" on all our YRE routes.  For information on the sport, click here.  There are already two virtual geocaches along this route. is the link to a virtual cache in the Monarch Butterfly Grove (part of the downtown walk) is the link to the virtual cache along the Shell Beach Palisades route
Miscellaneous: Dogs Welcome w/Clean-UpWater and restrooms are available at the start/finish, and at a couple of public parks and buildings along the trail.  Pets are welcome, but should be kept on a leash.  Please clean up after them.  Children under 12 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to make this event safe and enjoyable for everyone.  However, the Central Coast Peregrine Pathfinders cannot be held responsible for any lost of stolen articles, accidents, or injury of any kind.
Weather: We won't try predicting the weather for your walk.  However, if you would like information on current conditions and a five-day forecast, visit The Weather Channel.
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Our Trail Master for this event is Carlos H. Gama, Jr.,    805-440-0144 (cell) e-mail
Host City
The History of people at Pismo Beach starts at least 9,000 years ago with the Chumash Indians, who referred to the area as a place to find pismu, or tar, to seal their canoes to make them ocean worthy.  Others say the Pismo clam gave its name to Pismo Beach.  The clams were once plentiful, but due to harvesting by humans and sea otters, the supply has been reduced and clam digging is rationed.  The City is part of the original 8,838 acre Rancho Pismo. Rancho Pismo was granted to Jose Ortega by Manuel Rinemo Goriod on November 18, 1840. Ortega is thought to have built a small adobe which later became part of the Price Adobe.  Back in 1881, Pismo's original wharf opened for business. Taking off from a point below the present Main Street, remnants of the pilings may still be seen at very low tides.  The town of Pismo Beach was established in 1891 in anticipation of the Southern Pacific Railroad and tourists.  Its founder, John Price, was correct, and today Pismo Beach has a thriving tourist industry. 

For more on our host city, you can visit 
*  the Pismo Beach Visitor's Guide 
*  the official site of the City of Pismo Beach 


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Walkers from over 16 states and Canada have enjoyed the year round event (YRE) trails of the CCPP.  Since this event's opening on January 1, 2002, it has already attracted walkers from far and wide.  Their hometowns include:
  • Canada:  Victoria BC
  • Arizona:  Surprise
  • California:  Aliso Viejo, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Auburn, Bakersfield, Banning, Carnelian Bay, Cerritos, Cherry Valley, Chino, Clio, Corona, Colton, Corona, Cypress, Dana Point, Desert Hot Springs, Dixon, Encinitas, Fairfield, Fresno, Folsom, Garden Grove, Grover Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lincoln, Lompoc, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Osos, Meadow Vista, Moreno Valley, Morro Bay, Newcastle, Nipomo, Norco, Palm Desert, Paso Robles, Pollock Pines, Salinas, San Diego,San Luis Obispo, San Miguel,  Santa Clara, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Shell Beach, Simi Valley, Sisquoc, Soledad, Templeton, Tracy, Upland, Vandenberg AFB, Ventura, Whittier, Windsor, Yorba Linda
  • Colorado:  Boulder
  • Florida: Eustis, Fort White
  • Illinois:  Goreville
  • Indiana: Jasper, Layfayette
  • Iowa: Urbandale
  • Kansas: Topeka
  • Massachusetts:  Taunton
  • Maryland:  Cantonville
  • Nebraska: Grand Island
  • Nevada:  Reno, Virginia City
  • New Mexico: Albuquerque
  • Oregon:  Albany, Cornelius, Corvallis, Edmond, Milwaukie, Newport, Portland
  • Texas: Livingston, San Antonio
  • Washington:  Bellevue, Battle Ground, Longview, Lynnwood, Seattle, Tacoma, Tahuya, Walla Walla

If you have questions or wish to find out more about our club or about volkssports, you can e-mail us by clicking here.

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