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hiking
5 hours ago

Easy hike in the shade of eucalyptus’s

A hidden gem! This is an easy down and back trail in the middle of the city giving you the outdoors without going far.

Really cool spot!!! So many trails and so much to see! I highly suggest checking out!!

As with many other reviews, this hike offers AMAZING views and photo ops. Definitely gets crowded because its such a family friendly nature walk. I was very disapointed with the lack of respect I saw for the trails and signs. Although we only saw about 5 people out of the 100s there this morning, it's definitely important to remind one another that rule #1 is respect the trail. People die from not respecting the trail. I saw 2 gentlement ignore "unstable cliffs, please stay back" signs just for a photo op. I also saw a group of about 5 young adults climbing up a rock for a photo op (which everyone was doing) but there was a clear path to climb up and signage to not trespass the way they chose to climb. We told them not to do it but we all need to be respectful so that these trails will last for future generations also.

If possible, find parking near by! Its $25 per car to use their lot!

walking
21 days ago

We went to Sunset Cliffs to take a walk, get out in natural and enjoy the sunset. I knew I wasn't there for a challenging hike. This was a post Thanksgiving recovery hike since I was dealing with many blisters from a previous hike...this was perfect! it provided incredible views and allowed us to climb and explore so we could be kids again for a little bit.

As of Thanksgiving 2018 this trail is still under construction but it did not hinder our experience in any way.

This can get very crowded. It’s fairly steep and has an incredible view of the ocean. One of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. And then you get to walk the beach and maybe have a swim if you feel like it.

love the views

Flat for trail running but at times it is deep soft sand and then loose pebbles/stones that are not good for running on. Followed all the way to the running water but it was stagnant and smelly on October 5th, 2018. Won't do this one again but I marked it off my list.

saw squirrels having sex

Beautiful scenery through out the trail and ending with a beach walk back to the starting spot is a great cool down.

Short, easy and, with a beautiful points to relax.

walking
1 month ago

Nice short hike. Free parking. A few little uphill parts of the trail but nothing too difficult.

The views are amazing but this is a very busy trail. Going down it definitely seems easy and the trail does go all the way down to the ocean with beautiful views all the way. I definitely didn’t realize how steep it was until I was in the way back up. The smooth sandy trail is too set and carved out for my taste but I assumed it was for safety and preservation I would definitely hike here again.

Very nice on a beautiful day..

hiking
1 month ago

Saw a lot of amazing plants.

We did this around 8am it was perfect timing. The fog came in later so we had some great views. It’s started to get crowded around 930am.

hiking
1 month ago

Took a quick hike with the wife and hounds. Was a beautiful morning hike with alittle fog which made you escape from the busy city into the woods. Only problem is the parking lost was littered with remnants of the party the night before, and it looks as if they had a great time! If your in the area and are looking for a quick hike with your hounds. This one will do.

This was basically a street walk with a half mile of dirt trail. The houses are beautiful as are the views.

Got there quite early (730am) and it was very foggy on the hike up but the temps were so mild it was perfect. The include was gradual but you get a good cardio workout.

Definitely epic views.

Best part - briskly walking the beach hoping to not get my shoes wet... which didn’t happen

Beautiful! This is ranked as easy but if it’s high tide and you can’t cut across the beach, you’ll have to go back the way you came; if you’re new to hiking, the gradual inclines will get you a bit out of breath. But still an easy, breezy hike.

Great hike any time of the year!

Great trail to bring out of state guests and friends.

Nice trail. Beautiful views!

Beautiful beach trail. Keep an eye on the tide though if you’re planning on walking back on the beach.

Can be done within Banker’s Hill Loop.

Parking was the only issue, so get there early. The trail was nice & easy with amazing views. The trail by itself took about an hour.

A classic and iconic trail. Simple as that.

Easy hike, beautiful views, cool plants and terrain

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