Parking lot on the west side of the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse provides a convenient stop to stretch the legs along the boardwalk and maybe a chance viewing of the elephant seals. See www.elephantseal.org for more information.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.