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Wonderful and relaxing hike. Easier, but longer to head down to the camp and walk up the beach to see the falls, quite the long route. Or, make sure to take a small trail to the left where a pile of painted rocks are, paint is worn FYI. Then you can head down another path that is quite steep with loose gravel requiring some climbing. Be safe and be smart.

Beautiful loop with stunning views and some good climbs to get your heart rate up. You can also do a 4 mile portion of it, if you take the paved reservoir trail for 1.25 miles and then take a connector trail up the hill.

Tip: Do this one in fall or winter and skip right after a rainfall since it will be too muddy.

Be advised - the parking lot is temporarily closed for renovations.

great views of the area. about two areas with steep elevation gain. there is a little network (3) of trails that can get a little confusing, so be sure to download the map. took us about 4 hours with time for pictures and resting. no reception in the parking lot, but spotty through out the trail.

Muddy and slippery after a rain at sections.

Hard but worth it! Feeling accomplished and view is beautiful!

really great, easy trail with beautiful views

This hike was fairly repetitive- it's a lot of rolling hillsides, with cows and wildlife along the way. I wouldn't do it on a hot day, on a foggy winter day it was perfect. There isn't a lot of shade. At the back end of the loop hike we encountered two coyotes on the trail. It was getting near sundown, and I was a little freaked out because I had a small terrier with me. One coyote was on the trail itself, and the other coyote I saw over a ridge playing with a baby calf. It was surreal. The trail itself was pretty flat and got more strenuous at the end with some elevation. Lots of cows, and moderate number of people. If you do the entire trail, it's roughly 3.5 hours of hiking, so start early.

Did this with my boyfriend this morning who is in a wheelchair and we did about half of it then walked on the road for a bit. It gets pretty steep but nice for a little nature on a Sunday.

One of the better hikes in the bay area. Great views, isolation, wildlife, moderate hiking.

Always a fun family hike and enjoy the beautiful views!

Great views, but not much shade, better hike for slightly chilly day

Spectacular views from the top. A good trail after a rainy day as the whole trail is paved.

walking
5 days ago

Cool place, interesting art. Very picturesque.

Best hike in the Bay Area. Good mix of ecosystems and wildlife, while providing a good workout through length and climb.

Amazing course where there’s a little of everything, including a secret entrance. Be prepared for the slight rock climbing when reaching the falls.

One of my favorite hikes in the Bay! The scramble down to the beach was a bit precarious but beyond worth it! Just advisable to do with a friend or get help from another hiker to prevent falling. I’d imagine it would be challenging for older / less agile folks.

Nice trail!! Would recommend. Steep when getting down to the beach. No shorts because you need to climb on the rock. The rocks were sharp, pls be careful

One tough hike - even though rained a ton yesterday not too much mud. Going up is tough but not many people - when get to the top use AllTrails bc there is a ton of other unmarked trails. Coming down tough on knees and a lot more people

I would rate this as an easy hike. It had nice views and was paved most of the way.

I like here

Very steep, and slippery when muddy! But very pretty trail, and saw several deer.

Always a fun hike to do! Scenic and a fun discovery each time. Go down the coastal trail and end up at China Beach! A must!

10 days ago

great easy hike through fern and moss filled woods

Super muddy right now. But it’s beautiful along the Wildcat Creek! Just bring an extra pair of shoes to change into for the ride home!

Really beautiful and a nice couple hour workout

Nice hiking beautiful waterfall

hiking
12 days ago

Today I made the loop. Falls were beautiful due to recent rains. Few(3) fallen trees blocked the trail but feasible to sneak into it. I made clockwise loop like many which was strenuous.

Chill well populated hike. Mostly flat. Take detour to beach

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