Bluffs Trail

EASY 5 reviews
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Bluffs Trail is a 9.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

9.9 miles 1289 feet Out & Back







A relatively flat, scenic hike that takes you along the bluffs for a great view of the Pacific to the west and the Santa Lucia mountains to the east. When you start on the trailhead that leaves the parking lot, you'll cross the Big Sur River and then come to a fork for the Beach Trail and River Trail. Both will take you to the beach and are about the same distance and intensity, but the River Trail is a dirt road used for horseback riding (and is therefore decorated with some lovely piles of poop), so I recommend the Beach Trail. Either way, you will meet up with the Creamery Meadows trail in about a mile, which will take you right to the beach. Take in the beach views and odd birds in the area, and then double back a little ways to the split-off for the Bluffs Trail. The Bluffs Trail will eventually become the Panorama Trail, at which point you can either turn back or continue on the new trail. If you continue, the Panorama Trail will meet up with the Ridge Trail, which will take you back to the parking lot for a lovely eight mile loop.

1 year ago

This is a beautiful, easy trail that follows the coastline. Saw a pod of dolphins/porpoises just off the beach playing in the surf. Trail meanders through scrub like grassland terrain.

2 years ago

3 years ago

A wonderful hike. If you start from the parking lot, take the Beach Trail, the Creamery Meadow trail is practically a road with nothing much to see. This takes you to the beach and then you join up with the Bluffs trail. There's a fork early on the bluffs trail, closer to the ocean the view is obscured by the hedges, but they provide shelter from the sometimes powerful wind. The trail is mostly flat, punctuated with drop/rises of about 30' to traverse the ravines. Fantastic views all around.

3 years ago

One of my favorites.. And a private beach make out session ;)

3 years ago

A beautiful hike with a great combination of mountain views to the east and the Pacific to the west! I highly recommend continuing the Bluffs Trail on to the Panorama Trail, which will meet up with the Ridge Trail and take you back to the parking lot for a wonderful eight mile loop. Not too strenuous--some uphill work if you go on to the Panorama Trail, but well-worth it!