It ended up being 13.7 miles and I started clockwise so I could end with the beach. A great part of the trail is overgrown not including fire trail which is severely overgrown and I’d recommend a long sleeve and definitely no shorts. Amazing views though

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over grown
2 days ago

Really beautiful and well-kept trail! Good diversity in biomes (redwoods, meadow, all while following a creek). Most of it is very well-kept and wide. The second to last turn off (there one before the arches trail begins) was very overgrown so ask you can see from my recording, I kept trying to push forward but gave up because it didn’t look like it got clearer. The beach I did get to (albeit a 2 mile detour) was so beautiful and pristine though!

hiking
over grown
2 days ago

Easy trail. I'd recommend pants and long sleeved shirts due to the overgrown vegetation in some sections. Beautiful scenery and came across a coyote roughly 6 miles in along the seashore. The road to the trailhead blocks visiting motor vehicles, however we parked along highway 1 just about a half mile from the trailhead.

Gorgeous scenery. Lots of shade. Wide open trail head. Not a lot of humans!!

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over grown
4 days ago

Beautiful trail, relatively easy. A little incline coming back I preferred the other trails old pine to the bear valley trail. Lots of deer and slugs

Soooo amazing I wish I had the time to go down to the beach. The parking lot is closed but there is a parking on the side of Highway 1.

If you plan on taking Fire Lane Trail: after 2 months of COVID-19, this trail is heavily overgrown and I’m talking 5-6 feet high! At large sections you can’t even see the trail anymore. Needless to say, it was a pain in the butt to hike this trail. Don’t take it right now!

This is one of my favorite hicking spot. I recommend going early in the morning, the mist in the woods gives a good feeling.

Lovely trail through the woods. A decent amount of uphill but not too bad. There isn't a view at the peak if that's what you're going for, but going past the peak a bit gets you to some ocean views.

Love this trail!!

Absolutely gorgeous loop. We spotted elk in the hills and a bobcat at the end.

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muddy
2 months ago

Recommend going counterclockwise to get the hardest part done at the beginning. So much diversity in plants, wildlife and scenario. Definitely would say to take a short detour down to the ocean.

Nice loop

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muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

amazing trail and views.

Nice easy hike with great views of the coast. Parked at the Laguna trailhead which is right near the Hostel. The Laguna trail portion of this loop was very nice. Once you get to the coastal trail portion you can very easily make your way down to the beach. Highly recommend doing that. The last half of the Coastal trail isn’t anything exciting. That’s really the main reason it’s 3/5 stars. Would recommend for a nice day trip. Approx time without stopping at the beach 2 hours.

Beautiful trail, fairly easy/moderate trail and easy access to the beach too

Bear Valley to Glen Camp. Then down to Wildcat and back. It was amazing, such a beautiful hike

Nice and flat, not too rocky. Beautiful ocean views!

Windy day but stunning weather. Beautiful hike even if you don’t make it down the shale rock face to the beach.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike! Once you transition from Mt. Whittenberg to Sky trail it is relatively downhill from there. I highly recommend the short detours to the top of Whittenberg and another cool rock formation near Coast camp and both sculpted rock and Kellham beaches but that’s what turns 13.9 miles to 17.1. Totally worth it! The whole hike is picturesque, you’ve been warned.

We walked from Bear Valley to Sky Camp via the Wittenberg Trail. A good 90% uphill. Not horrible with our overnight packs on. Set up camp at Sky Camp 10. Great view and private site. We then hiked down to Coast camp and back around via the Fire Lane Trail. This trail was steep and straight up to the Sky Trail. About 2 hours from BV to SCamp. Little over 2 hours to get down to CC and 2 and half to get back to SC. When we left we hiked up to Wittenberg (which was confusing as the top had numerous trails that led other ways) and took about 2 and 1/2 hours. Overall it was approximately 17 miles and about 9 hours of moving on the trails. All trails were well maintained, one tree down but nothing major. Not overgrown at all. this ground was a tiny bit hard but was able to get stakes into the ground with a rock we found.

Pretty easy after initial ascent. Can stop at the beach midway. Not the most scenic trail otherwise but you do get ocean views in the first half . Good walk for a Sunday afternoon in good weather .

Trails are nice right now, just a little muddy in a few spots. Not overgrown at all. Glen Camp was a little wet in the more secluded camps, which we were in (site 7). It wasn’t terrible though. The water is working again there so no need to pack it all in with you. Nice place for a night, we were going to do two but after trekking down to Alamere falls in the morning we opted not to stay the 2nd. It was a bit colder than anticipated in camp. I think it’s because site 7 gets no sun at all, and our 35 degree bags left us with a bit of a chill. Secluded and quiet place though.

Awesome hike The fam loved it!

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