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hiking
1 day ago

I did this hike while it was closed. When you first get onto the trail, stay close to the river, and don't go up the stairs that are being worked on. Eventually you'll veer to the right side of the river. It's quite a hike up (mile or so) until you reach the loop. Once you reach the loop there are numerous sections where trees are fallen, nothing that you can't get through though. I went clockwise on the loop, not to bad. There was one section that was very bad where I had to climb up the side of the mountain and back down which was VERY steep. I basically slid down. That was the worst part of the hike. The views were outstanding - although when we went it was foggy. Rivers, bridges, redwoods, ocean views, incredible tree views. Overall a great hike. And m GF didn't kill me!

Actually, its open. And its beautiful. Just walk around the closed gate.

FYI - This trail is not accessible at this time (April 16, 2018). There is a sign at the start of the loop saying it is closed until late 2018. This was a bit disappointing to find, as we were super excited about this hike!

Lovely stroll on this path, completed several times.

hiking
24 days ago

Did the trail clockwise, however agree with Chris Lingle's comment below about both ways having advantages and disadvantages. Clockwise you are going downhill on uneven paths and uphill on stable ground, but it was nice to get the brutal uphill portion out of the way on the first half of the loop. Would recommend wearing something you don't mind getting wet while treading through waist/thigh high water, hiking boots and lots of water+sunscreen! Very beautiful hike! Took us closer to 5 hours, kept getting distracted by nature!!

trail running
1 month ago

This isn't a trail -- it is a road. A narrow and windy 2 lane road, with lots of fast cars. I ran it, and it was dangerous; there is no shoulder, and you are at the mercy of the cars giving you a wide enough clearance. It is pretty, but you should drive it. Not safe for foot traffic.

Great beach trail

Quick walk great view

beautiful drive, well worth the time and 10$

Whale watching nearby, saw baby gray whales swimming with mamas! Short hike to beach. Nice quick stop

Beautiful hike!!! Well worth the drive! Can’t wait to go back! Bring a towel to dry off your feet at the beginning of the trail (or bring water shoes).

hiking
2 months ago

Side loop on Spring Trail takes you down to ocean near junction of Bluff Trail and Panorama Trail. Last bit of Spring Trail involves fun scrambling over tangle of driftwood logs, before reaching a very secluded beach tucked in between two headlands. Good for lunch or a snack. We were unfortunately a bit rushed to finish entire loop, which we did in counter-clockwise direction. Although others recommend clockwise, I'm not sure. It's often the downhills that can cause problems, and clockwise you are going downhill on more loose rock and rutted paths, while on the other it is essentially a more continuously sloped road. Advantages and disadvantages either well, but great views in all directions. Entire loop, including lunch on the Spring Trail loop was around 3 hours 15 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

Go Clockwise if you want to get the hard part out of the way. Strenuous inclines but well worth the effort. You won’t be disappointed at the views of the crashing waves. Bring snacks and water to enjoy along the way!

hiking
2 months ago

The views are amazing. I did it clockwise and thankful I read the review prior. A must do hike if in the Monterey area.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike with varying landscapes and killer views. We followed others suggestions and hiked clockwise; most difficult part the ascent is at the beginning too. I’d rate the hike more moderate than hard. Start to finish took us 3 hrs

hiking
2 months ago

Has anyone done this hike while CLOSED?

hiking
2 months ago

thanks Liz H. Appreciate the info. Any plans to repair? I am already planning a visit back to the area. Would love to know if it will be an option?

hiking
2 months ago

The “beach trail” marked at the end (if you’re doing this trail clockwise) is very much CLOSED though it’s not blocked off. We ended up forcing our way through fallen trees and tons of poison oak to get out to the parking lot. Save yourself and go back to the initial trail you take in (creamery meadows) instead of trying to do the parallel beach trail! Also, the summit is the best place to sit and have a snack/lunch - not really anywhere else to do so. Overall a great loop with a challenging climb (as others mention, definitely do it clockwise) and spectacular views (which you can directly look at on the descent if you go the clockwise route). Enjoy!

Parking makes it easy to access the trails, easy loop by the coast!!! This will be my lets take a drive and go for a quick hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! As mentioned, the clockwise route is probably best way to go - not only for the view coming down towards the ocean but also because you’ll knock the ascend out at the start while your legs are fresh. Happy hiking!

I work for parks in the Big Sur sector and I can tell you that this trail is closed because sections of it are gone. You will lose the trail very quickly. Please don’t ignore ‘AREA CLOSED’ signs. They are there for a good reason! Happy trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! I had to take off our shoes to cross the river. It was cold!!! I recommend bringing a towel to dry off once you cross. As many mention on here do the look clockwise to get the best views. The trail along the ocean are very narrow compare to the trail along the hwy 1.

Once you get to the top, I recommend to go a bit further up along the wired divided. You will get a great view of the ocean. There is a log where you can stand and take pics. Take snacks to enjoy there.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Good mountain bike trails. You’ll be tired.

hiking
3 months ago

Truly extraordinary hike - from start to finish. (Bring flip flops or water shoes and a small towel to dry your feet! You need to cross a short ice cold creek to get started and finish.)

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with spectacular views and take it in the clockwise direction. Please note that the bridge on one side is closed so you have to take off your shoes and wade through a stream, the water is freezing cold.

Even though this trail is closed, has anyone done this and gotten away with it?

hiking
4 months ago

12.23.17

Good mix of trees and great beach views. Got lucky bc it was a clear day for views. Go clockwise makes for a better hike. Not much shade bring a hat.

hiking
4 months ago

Go clockwise on the loop as the payoff(views) and grade work in your benefit

hiking
4 months ago

This is a question for Angela below. Did the hike get washed out or are they being too restrictive with the closure in your opinion. I love this hike and want to do it over christmas break. Thanks!

hiking
4 months ago

We loved this loop and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moderately challenging loop with spectacular views. If you do the hike clockwise you'll have a slow, long, moderate climb up to the top of the ridge through a pleasant forest with views at the start then again at the end of the climb. Then a somewhat steep switchback section down to the bluffs where you'll be rewarded with a nearly flat trail for the last half of the hike. Counterclockwise, you get the long flat bluffs trail before a very steep, switchback climb up to the ridge halfway through the hike. Then a long, slow, gradual descent back to the start of the trail. Either way is fantastic!

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