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1 day ago

Loved this trail! Lots of people. Beautiful views. It was easy enough for my 5 year old and she loved it.

Great trail, but I would agree some others who said it should be marked rated as a moderate trail. There were some rather long a steady inclines that left me out of breath, but I'm a out of shape too. However the views at the top were magnificent, especially on a clear day like it was for us.

3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful photo opportunities throughout the entire walk. Paths are well maintained and wide.

hiking
4 days ago

A nice trail with great payback at the top. Not well marked. Look for the small parking lot just below campground marked as Exercise Trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Good views, steady climb I would rate it moderate
Even after rain trail was not muddy

***Don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

This is a beautiful hike. I did it in the pouring rain. All 8+ miles it rained. The coastline was still beautiful and visible and the ocean was rough but so powerful. I can’t imagine this hike not being incredible in any weather or any month of the year. The river crossing... it was flowing fast and I couldn’t see the bottom because of all the rain. WITH THAT BEING SAID, it was still no big deal... at all and actually pretty fun! I’m 5’1 and the water was just above my knees but at no point did I feel unsteady. The water level was mid shin before all the rain, when I began. The bottom is smooth and there really isn’t anything to trip you up. At the start of my hike I took my boots and socks off to cross, on the way back I left them on. The river is right at the start of the trail. Again, don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

It’s a long one but beautiful! Completed this in July, make sure you bring your sunscreen!

Perfect way to get the true vibe of Morro Bay! It has beach, animals, rocks, and small town harbor vibe. This is an easy walk that you can do in flip flops if you want! It’s accessible to all ages, paved, no elevation gain, and pet friendly. The sea otters were ALL over the bay. I walked and watched them for nearly 2 hours. I also saw seal and tons of cool birds. The end of the walkway affords the ability to climb on mounds of rock formations. It was super fun to climb and sit to watch the sunset.

hiking
17 days ago

Decent outing- wouldn’t be the trail that I recommend. Waterfall section is closed and this could’ve improved experience.
Trail gets really narrow, rocky and moderately steep in some spots. It’s a turn-around so traffic gets tight in these spots. Would not recommend it with kids.
The view at the top is pretty (expansive view of redwoods), but the trail itself wasn’t interesting.

18 days ago

pros: The trail was very easy to follow and well maintained. (Watch for the occasional bikers. )There is only one access (official) point to the beach but once on the beach u can enjoy the miles of sandy shores.
Cons: no toilet, no drink water except parking lot.

Enjoyable

Easy relaxing

Great day hike. We started up the ridge trail and finished descending to the bluff trail. Would suggest this direction for the views and to get the climbing done early. River crossing was cold but refreshing and ankle to knee deep. Scenery is beautiful and diverse with ridge views of the mountains and beach, walks through the forest featuring a redwood grove, and breathtaking views from the top. Ascent up ridge trail has plenty of areas to rest. This was my first hike in Big Sur and it was a memorable one!

on Valley View Overlook

22 days ago

nice walk with lovely Redwoods at the bottom the highlight for me. waterfall section closed.

Probably one of the most phenomenal views in the entire US.

Gorgeous beach. Reminds me of el Matador Beach in Malibu.

Went right as a storm was coming in...really cool vibe and the sound was amazing

Short walk with beautiful views of the ocean. Before climbing down to the cove make sure the anchor for the rope is secure. It was a little sketchy when I went down, but didn't notice the anchor until I climbed back up. Make your way out to the end of the rocky over look to see otters playing in the surf. I'd suggest going later in the day, because the sunsets are amazing.

Nice view! There were no cars when I went on a Friday at 11 am. Unfortunately cows were grazing on the trail and a mama cow with her 3 babies was not happy to see me and my cattle dog. More of a walk than a hike...

One of the best day-trails in Big Sur

Beautiful walk

Took the ridge trail up and the Bluff trail back down. lovely views both ways, took about 3.5 hours round-trip.

Did it on Christmas day 2018. The ocean was blue! It was a beautiful hike with stunning views. The stream at the beginning was flowing quite fast and was cold, it was very refreshing.

hiking
29 days ago

Good 3 mile hike. Great view from the top.

Trail is in great condition! Well marked with stunning views of the coastline.
River crossing is easy and refreshing. Highly recommend!!!

Easy start, steep and sandy towards the summit, a little scrambling required. Be careful while descending.

Short and sweet, a nice sunrise walk.

This is labeled as easy but I would categorize as moderate. A good steady climb and somewhat steep at a few spots. I take my elderly parents on easy trails and I would definately not bring them on this one! Good trail through trees, good views! crosses one road with cars going pretty fast around a curve, beware! Happy hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views! Great for kids! Well maintained. Clearly marked, with lots of informational signs about the local wildlife along the way.

Trail has reopened today! Beautiful views, perfectly clear day. River at beginning is shallow and easily passable.

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