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trail running
12 days ago

Part of the trail leading to Sea Lion Cove is CLOSED as of 12/4/18

Beautiful redwood grove at the end of a semi steep fire road. You’ll see fern and clover grotto, a stream, and end at ocean views and some tide pools left on the dock at low tide. Easy hike.

Beautiful mix of trees ocean beaches and tide pools.

hiking
21 days ago

Love the views, hiking around the park is a good workout on easy to moderate trails. Go early to beat the crowds and park outside the park and walk in to avoid a parking fee.

So beautiful, went last weekend and it was perfect out.

Wonderful hike

Easy, clean, smooth trails. Gorgeous rocky coastal views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail - one of my favorites. It's short, easy, and simply gorgeous. We stopped for a lot of photos. I wouldn't bring my little ones here though, especially for the ones who don't want to stay on track because the edges are high and steep.

Fantastic walk. Good path. Stellar views.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best walk/hikes Ive ever done. The end down near the water is so gorgeous.

Amazing!!!

Did this hike last Thanksgiving. It is one if so many breathtaking walks along the west coast. Look/listen for sea lions on the rocks below. Amazing patterns in the rock etched by wind and water. Fascinating history.

hiking
2 months ago

Scenery: 2
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 1

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Scenery: 4.5
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Loved this easy trail with fun river crossings! I used poles while crossing the rivers and it was a huge help!

A nice easy trail with amazing views!

Easy walk to a beautiful beach!

Since my kids were small we come here at least once a year and anytime we are coming through the area. This is a great hike for small kids. It is easy short but offer rock hopping and enough scrambling to make it fun. Climb to the top of the falls if you can!

Most underrated area in all of California! You won't be disappointed!

More easy than moderate. Absolutely beautiful and very shady.

Breathtaking views and stroller friendly trails. There are volunteers along the trail with microscopes to show off the otters, sea lions and whales.

Exceeded all expectations

Great views of the coastline. The docent suggested we get here via lace lichen trail but that route has no shoreline views...in the future I would recommend starting from Mound Meadow then cutting over to south loop trail.

My son and I really enjoyed this hike. Loved the three different paths to take you into various parts of the flowing stream. We will be back again.

Gorgeous views, and the white basil smells so good.

Great views on the northern loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing- birds, seals, sea lions, whales, jellyfish, otter were seen all from the shore!

Beautiful views, wide paths but lined with poison oak.

Only a few steep parts with stairs.

Spectacular Beauty!

Gorgeous

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