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good for running, cycling and hiking. I spent a half day hiking and found it challenging enough in parts to slow some people down as it's very steep and mostly exposed. The Moni Point hike up to Sweeney Ridge (opposite direction to Sneath Trail) is the longest, steepest part (but does have trees and some shade); easier if you end walking down that part!
we had a Lyft pick us up, otherwise you need to hike back to your starting point as there's no loop trail.
fascinating history. good idea to read up before going.
lots of wildlife and even some color in winter, like small flowers/shrubs blooming.
if you're quiet, you will see much more small wildlife! red tailed eagles gliding.
absolutely necessary to bring snacks and water as you don't have access to much shade, water or toilet (there's 1 but not clean). (I'm a just in case person!)
even on sunny, warm days, it can get suddenly windy and cold, so bring an extra layer, unless you intend to run or walk a shorter track than fully east to west coast.

Good solid hike. Trail as marked is definitely longer than 9.1 miles. Came in at a shade over 11.

If you hike this loop I recommend hiking clockwise. I made the mistake of hiking counter clockwise and could not find where the trail picked back up after crossing the road from Mori point. I was where the trail head should have been, but as always in California quite literally nothing is identified or marked. I searched around for probably 20 min trying to find the hiking trail, but found no success. I ended up on a mountain biking trail that ran kind of close to the hiking trail and figured I could cut across a gulch through some brush to get to the hiking trail. DO NOT DO THIS! Yes the trails are close, but the brush and foliage is thick and there is an area between the two where some homeless people have set up camp. This hike took me 4.5 hours to complete when it should have taken me 3-3.5. Be sure to take plenty of water on this hike as your are exposed for essentially all of it

Hey there! Anyone know if the trail is open? I went by today and the road was closed...

Thanks!

great views along the way, and great payoff at the waterfall along the beach. be careful on the climb down to the beach.

This hike is awesome. Great ocean views, lakes, forest, waterfalls. It is one of my favorite local hikes. Well worth the trip even though it’s pretty heavily trafficked.

This trail was perfect for a beginner had a little of everything.. views, shady trees, rough areas, we loved will do it again

Wonderful hike! Arrived at the parking lot 10am Saturday 12/29/18 and there were still space. Relatively easy trail with indicators to the fall. There is some rock scrambling involved, so be careful. When we left 1pm, the parking lot was packed and there were cars parked along the dirt road.

One of the best work-for-reward ratios in California. A wildly versatile out and back with very little technical terrain until the final approach to the falls. There you'll find amazing views of the pacific amongst a steady flow of water from the falls. The cliffs are an amazing spot for some food and drinks, or simply personal reflection. I also recommend the slightly more technical walk down to the beach on a steep trail off to the right (looking to the Pacific). There you'll see the falls finish their journey to the ocean. Don't sit too close to the walls though, as the rockfall is a consistent reminder that the erosion that created these cliffs is a never-ending job for mother nature.

Soooo worth it. Such a beautiful hike and the falls are one of a kind. The white arrow at the turn off is almost faded so be aware of where you are going.

6 or 3 miles hikes loop! amazing views and it was fun and challenging getting across some big rocks on the trail. Would definitely do it again!

trail running
23 days ago

If you are a runner, this trail is challenging! Steep inclines, Half paved / half trail so if you're more of a trail runner make sure you're wearing trail running shoes! I had to slow down a lot when I hit the dirt since I was wearing road shoes. Mostly open and unshaded so bring sunglasses or a hat if its a clear day. The fog rolls in from the Pacifica side so also layer up! Cool views of the bay! Great workout if you're training for a hilly race! Please keep in mind the one restroom on the trail is unkept and really gross which was very disappointing because it forced me to end my run early.

Exposed but scenic views at the top

It took several hours, nice view! However, the weather is too dry, a lot of dust on the trail. Will suggest to try after little rain.

Arguable the most beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked. Period. If you are not afraid of heights, definitely try to climb on some of the rocks that can help you see the view better.

gorgeous trail and amazing falls but don't miss the turn off to the falls! there are no signs indicating Alamere Falls. there is a pile of rocks in the shape of an arrow at about mile 4 that indicates the trail that leads down to the falls. it is a clear trail but we missed it because it just looks like it would be a quick/unofficial offshoot. missing it added another 4 miles for us as we decided to do the lake loop and come back. the falls were gorgeous and very unique. black sand beach. most of the trail is relatively easy, no steep parts until you get to the falls and go down to the beach.

my favorite trail in bay area!

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.

Takes close to 3.5 to 4 hours round trip including breaks. The end point is beaultiful with a view of the beach. Beware of the cliffs, and there is no proper trail to get down to the beach for the view of the falls. Be safe, and enjoy the trail!

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

This is my third time hiking in the area and each time I see something new. This is a great workout with stairs and a good mix of ascending/descending, all with a great view. This is also one of the shorter mileage hikes that features the ridge and the beach.

Nice hiking beautiful waterfall

Tip: to avoid the unofficial and potentially dangerous descent down to the falls that some folks are warning about, the official park map has you going approx 1 mile north past the falls on Coast Trail and/or Ocean Loop trail towards the Wildcat Camp. From Wildcat you go down onto the beach and head back south to the falls, returning the same way.

Very Crowded. The heavy traffic on this trail has degraded the already super sketchy descent to the beach at the falls. Hopefully there are friendly hikers to help you get down. Otherwise, its questionable weather it’s worth it to go down to the beach at all. Nice trail though. Cool views and flat trails.

Beautiful trail. We didn’t find it physically challenging but it was a little mentally challenging for me (I’m scared of heights) as we hiked the middle section along the ridge. Beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mts and Monterey Bay. Highly recommend.

The loop is significantly different from one side to the other. The right side trail while going from the parking to the campground is safer than the other. Staying on the left side trail going from the parking to the campground will take through the Castle Rock Falls and most part of this trail is on the edge of steep slope and through narrow crevices between rocks but gives fantastic views. We used one side going to the campground and another side returning to the parking lot.

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