Bluff Trail Loop

HARD 19 reviews
#2 of 10 trails in

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
1601 feet


nature trips






wild flowers

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

7 days ago

10 days ago

Lots of uphill but worth the trek!

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1 month 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.

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8 months ago

Great hike!

9 months ago

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.