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1 day ago

Tough throughout but great trail! My dog did well and played in the little river at the bottom.

15 days ago

I’m not sure how all trails rate these but I would not call this moderate. I would call it hard, there were a few times I was on all fours climbing up to the tunnels. It rained last night so it was also very muddy but worth it. I saw around 5 couples a few dogs and a rabbit. Not that crowded considering it was a Sunday around noon.

Great open vistas. Many trail-blocking downed trees to climb over, through, or around. Very dry. Evidence of a past fire and many dead or dying trees. Still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Great hike with dogs. Enjoyed all the way with nice views. Solid workout!

Starts off with an extremely easy trail gradually claiming to a moderately difficult incline up to the caves which are spectacular.

Great hike! Brought my dog along and we had a blast. The caves are really neat and we really enjoyed the views. It was kinda steep going up the caves but it was worth it!

Very short trail, but it's beautiful! It looks almost tropical

very fun, steep start but rewarding!

Great drive to the destination and fun hike up to the caves. Smoked a fatty and chilled for awhile. Best way to relax.


Great trail, can connect to the fire road overlook trail which ends at a radio tower directly above/across from the tunnel. To connect you have to find a small path that goes downhill north from the second set of caves. You'll drop into a live oak grove that connects to the fire road.

3 months ago

I hiked this back in late 2012 in a large group. Short but steep, so it’ll get your heart rate up. Beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. There is camping on the state beach below. Not sure if dogs are allowed on this trail but they are not allowed on the beach. Very windy, obviously, so dress in layers. The caves are really cool, but unfortunately there is a lot of graffiti.

3 months ago

Be prepared for a tough hike and take plenty of water! The route is VERY steep over the last few kms with little to no shade to shelter from the sun. If you’re after a challenge then this is an ideal trail with great views on the way up - you really feel like you’re walking to the top of the world! Not for beginners.

Pretty quick hike up to the caves with lovely views. Not super strenuous but a decent work out.

I didn’t think I could make it all the way, but I did and the view was amazing!

Not particularly beautiful and poorly maintained in sections. I don’t regret going, but likely won’t go again.

Lovely ♥️♥️ Miguel y yo

it's beautiful when it rains. the right amount of light hits through the trees and the stream to your side keeps it from being too quiet. it's a bit short but perfect for having a picnic at the base

Easy hike to take the kids. Plenty of shade spots and open trail!

Beautiful hike! Quite steep in some parts but relaxing in the caves with a view of the ocean was the best part.

Cool hike! Caves are neat. I would say kid friendly if 6 or older. 4 year old had trouble with the steep parts. My two year old got a shoulder ride once we were off the paved path. Short hike but definitely moderate due to steep trail.

6 months ago

Amazing views. Very tough.

6 months ago

I am in no shape of form a hiker. This trail was supper fun and I brought my 4yr old with me and she handled it like a champ. I definitely felt the burn during the hike but it was doable and I had a blast

6 months ago

Beautiful hike especially when done in April. The mustard flowers coat the small valley and hills and it becomes very scenic with the ocean as the backdrop. The caves themselves are interesting but not mind-blowing. The hike itself is pretty enough to do it though. Unfortunately some of the rocks are tagged with graffiti.

Nice little trail in a beautiful setting

Fun loop but be sure to bring water as it can get hot at times on the trail because some of it is totally exposed to the sun. Lots of free range cows along the path which can add confusion regarding which is the trail and which is a cow path. Obviously there are cow pies to avoid.

Family friendly hike. Sad we can't take our dogs anymore. Beautiful caves and views.

Awesome hike! Nice wind caves. Wish there was more to hike.

Overgrown and kind of hard to decipher the trail. Today the trail was impossible due to cows all over the trail, also the overgrown weeds made it feel like we were going to be coming out with at least one tech.

Great hike, very challenging especially the last 1/3 which is steep with loose dry dirt and rocks. It was hot took 2 liters of water and drank it all. Beautiful views and very peaceful didn’t see another person on the trail!

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