Bluff Trail Loop

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Bluff Trail Loop is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

8.2 miles
1217 feet


nature trips






wild flowers

A loop that offers beautiful ocean vistas, meadows and forests.

3 days ago

Great hike! I had to take off our shoes to cross the river. It was cold!!! I recommend bringing a towel to dry off once you cross. As many mention on here do the look clockwise to get the best views. The trail along the ocean are very narrow compare to the trail along the hwy 1.

Once you get to the top, I recommend to go a bit further up along the wired divided. You will get a great view of the ocean. There is a log where you can stand and take pics. Take snacks to enjoy there.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Good mountain bike trails. You’ll be tired.

17 days ago

Truly extraordinary hike - from start to finish. (Bring flip flops or water shoes and a small towel to dry your feet! You need to cross a short ice cold creek to get started and finish.)

18 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views and take it in the clockwise direction. Please note that the bridge on one side is closed so you have to take off your shoes and wade through a stream, the water is freezing cold.

29 days ago

Go clockwise on the loop as the payoff(views) and grade work in your benefit

1 month ago

We loved this loop and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moderately challenging loop with spectacular views. If you do the hike clockwise you'll have a slow, long, moderate climb up to the top of the ridge through a pleasant forest with views at the start then again at the end of the climb. Then a somewhat steep switchback section down to the bluffs where you'll be rewarded with a nearly flat trail for the last half of the hike. Counterclockwise, you get the long flat bluffs trail before a very steep, switchback climb up to the ridge halfway through the hike. Then a long, slow, gradual descent back to the start of the trail. Either way is fantastic!

1 month ago

2 months ago

hard hike!! We took the South boundry trail straight uphill. it was difficult and there was no shade until you are about two thirds of the way up. but...Beautiful! Redwood forest about a mile from the top, stunning. the panoramic trail coming down is beautiful, but it zigzags all over. a trench has been dug in tje trail which made hiking precarious. i guess for rain water, but it is difficult to navigate. Defintely a great hike, bring a stick, a friend, and enough water. ran acrossed a mountain lion chasing two deer on the way back to the car.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Outstanding! Great views - do the eight mike loop and then walk along the beach.

4 months ago

Lots of uphill but worth the trek!

5 months ago

Group and I went the whole 8 mile or so loop. The two Beaches were definitely the highlights of this hike. Going from Beaches back to the parking lot using the loop was a good workout. We used the hidden trail back.... I don't recommend that part! Otherwise, this was my most memorable hike yet.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Great hike!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

This trail provides exceptional memories every time depending on the season, time of day and, of course, who accompanies you. The bench at the top is gone, however. Four of us did this loop in the rain today (late November) and we did everything wrong! A 7 yr old and a 10 yr old will agree that starting out at 3pm in November in the rain will give one bragging rights of the cold, the rain, the wind, the pitch black darkness, the salemanders, slugs, magical grove shelter and fatigue. They didn't know it is 8.2 miles. I've done this trail a few times and am awestruck by the variety of natural beauty (even in the dark) on this trail, including bobcat, coyotes, deer and a rattle snake.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I've hiked this trail twice now and love it. The wildflowers have been amazing this spring and they are abundant on this trail. There is plenty of poison oak and lots of wind. the views are breathtaking. This is a moderately difficult hike, my 66 year old mom did it fine, but she's tough.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

This loop trail is amazing. There are breathtaking ocean vistas almost the whole time. I did the Ridge Trail first, then came down the Panorama Trail and connected it to the Bluffs Trail. There is a bench atop the highest peak, but the better lunch spot lies on the Panorama Trail just below the peak as the views at this place are 360 degrees. The climb is about 1100' over a couple miles so it's not too tough. Going counter clockwise the climb is spaced out over a half mile or so and is much steeper. Nice little beach at the Bluffs Trail/Panorama Trail Junction. Panorama trail can also be dense with overgrowth sometimes, but in November 2013 is was very clear.

23 days ago


Good mix of trees and great beach views. Got lucky bc it was a clear day for views. Go clockwise makes for a better hike. Not much shade bring a hat.

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