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About 7 of us and my dog did this entire trip just last weekend. March 16-19, 2018. It was incredible. We expected rain but ended up with perfect blue skies and warm weather.
Creeks were high but still passable. Always expect to get wet on this trip. If you pack and dress appropriately then its not even an issue.
The campsites are defined by the fire pits alone the bluffs. I would seriously not recommend camping on the beach. The sand is manageable but the sand fleas are a nightmare. They are active all night. It almost sounds like it’s raining out the tent.
The wildlife was amazing. We saw seals and elephant seals, sea otters, tons of cool shorebirds, and even blow holes from the whales passing in the distance.
Shuttle from the south end to the north end. The road is rough and it’s better to leave the driving to the experts.
And take notes from other blogs. This trail is hard. 10 miles on flat ground is easy but the loose rock and sand turns 2 full steps into about 1 1/2 steps. Even the fastest hiker is slowed down.
I would not recommend for any dog’s first backpacking trip. By the last day my dog was sore and tired. He’s only two. Booties are required for all dogs. I took my dogs booties off at campsites or short stretches of soft sand. His feet were still tender afterwards but far better than being cut up and beaten.

Great coastal walk and serene walk through the redwoods.

First time hiker! What an awesome trail. As mentioned, the path off to the waterfall can be easily missed. We missed it and ended up on ocean lake loop trail only to find a coyote that made us turn around. On the way back around we saw the arrow and went down the path. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE EVERYONE IS MAKING IT DOWN THESE ROCKS TO THE WATERFALL! We started our hike around 8am so we had the entire trail to ourself. The rocky cliff at the end is steep and can easily be your demise. The rope is very helpful, however as a 30 year old man in decent shape, I had a difficult time getting down to the beach and an even more difficult time climbing up. The rocks must have changed over the years because it is definitely not safe (unless I’m just that much of a beginner) either way I enjoyed myself! Not sure if I’ll try climbing down again. It has to be another way.

Fantastic trail! Gorgeous views of the coast and an incredible waterfall at the end for more nimble hikers who can make it down the bluff.

This trail is heavily travelled but very easy to miss. There is a small arrow like shape made of rocks on the left side of the trail about 4ish miles in. If you reach a bench at a lookout you’ve gone too far.

Amazing hiking. And a small rock climbing was a amazing experience.

Great hike, amazing sites, if windy can can get cold, and watch out for rouge waves!!

20 days ago

It was a great waterfall and view hiked the whole loop, very easy

Nice hike. Rock climbing at the end was the most exciting part of this hike :P

21 days ago

Hiked Pa'san yesterday and had a great time! Awesome scenery, occasional cow sighting, good amount of shady spots along the way. Go early, take a good pair of hiking shoes and have fun.

Lot of elevation and rock climbing at the end of the trail, the view was amazing and it’s worth the hike. Lot of people on the trail though. Parking is small and tough, be prepared.

rough trail towards the end of the hike near waterfall but worth it.

Getting started early is a must - the parking lot at the trailhead is fairly small and this is one of the more popular hikes in the area, so it fills up really quickly. Beware the poison oak, and there’s a bit of rock climbing near the end to actually get to the falls. Otherwise a beautiful day hike!

Great 8 mile loop.

Got there at about 1pm, right as the first crowd was leaving, got great parking. Timed perfectly for a picnic at the beach, and sunset from the top of the ridge about one-half mile in. FYI: There is a dirt road for about a mile before the trailhead. Potholes

This is by far my most favorite trail. For 8.8 miles, you get everchanging views (ocean, forest, lakes), weather (overcast, clear and sunny), and terrain so that you’re constantly stimulated all the way to the end where there’s a tricky steep descend to get to the beach. But oh is it worth it!

It was a beautiful hike......

Fun trail, ends on a beautiful beach

Easily one of the most epic backpacking trips in NorCal. A rugged, oceanside trail, like no other. I wrote about it more extensively in my blog post here: https://slugpace.com/lost-coast-trail/

So many great views of coastline, vegetation, and water. many sections are shaded, and the hike was long but easy. I highly recommend this one, it’s one of my top picks for Bay Area hikes!

Great hike! Some just take the unofficial trail to go to the top of the falls. I suggest both this and moving forward to head to the beach. From there, you can proceed south to see the falls into the beach. Be careful for the rising tide as there is a section on the beach in which the water will go up to the vertical cliffs. I logged 16 miles in 6 hours.

Great hike! The falls are stellar. I went in late September but hope to return another time in the fall when the leaves have changed!

This trail goes in and out of so many different types of terrain, you never get bored! Great views and the waterfall is a nice treat before heading back. We took Palomarin Trail Head out to Wild Cat Camp (pit toilets and water spout) then walked the gorgeous beach to the falls and back out to the trail head. It was just over 13 miles. There is a lot of poison oak, so long sleeves and pants is a good choice.

we went in August and there was plenty of water sources. there wasn't that much poison oak. when there was it was avoidable.tons of wildlife. amazing trip.

Great trail - well marked except for the turnoff to the waterfall which is somewhat hidden. We overshot it at first but found it thanks to AllTrails.

A tiny bit of scrambling but very reasonable for folks who regularly hike.

beautiful views at the end of the trail!!! be prepared for some rock climbing though.. not for beginners.

1. Come early (4 cars at 7.30 am vs 60 at 11 am)
2. Cars with low clearance will face issues (unpaved road last 1 mile to trailhead)
3. Covered clothes (shirt and pants) highly suggested (poison ivy last 0.5 miles)
4. Look for arrow sign (made of rocks on trailpath) pointing to ur left at 4-4.5 miles going in. This path leads to falls.
5. Come to be wooed away. Water is gushing right now and so are ocean’s tides. Too risky to go down till the beach
6. Moderate rating bcoz of distance and rocky trailpath.

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