Beach, Bluffs, Panorama, Ridge, and Creamery Meadow Loop

MODERATE 330 reviews
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Beach, Bluffs, Panorama, Ridge, and Creamery Meadow Loop is a 8.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,315 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

bird watching

beach

forest

river

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wild flowers

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blowdown

bridge out

over grown

washed out

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

hiking
no shade
21 hours ago

Beautiful views! 3:30 hours total for the Ridge trail.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. Definitely go clockwise and ignore the recommendation from parking lot attendant to go the other direction. The downhill part isn’t as steep and rocky as he said and it would be a shame to have to hike up that part of the loop with your back to the vista that you came to see. Hiking clockwise gives you constant breathtaking views, you’ll find yourself stopping over and over again to snap some instagram worthy pics. Going down to the bluff was spectacular and the sun is to your back rather than in your face. Take the detour on the Spring Trail and go down to the ‘hidden’ beach. It’s quiet there because most people won’t hike that far to get to the beach, they will just take the short little beach trail near the beginning of the loop. We had the beach all to ourselves, it was magical. Amazing hike and although it’s not strenuous, we got a decent workout.

hiking
17 days ago

Top, one side of the closed loop but just a small part on the end, otherwise top top, a more mountainous side, the other sea. We made the loop in the other direction to see the sea back it was good like that.

closed
muddy
off trail
19 days ago

Face

hiking
20 days ago

We did the 5 mile round trip hike to the beach and back along the bluffs trail and it was truly incredible. Ocean views the entire time and you go down to a beach that is practically secluded. Also there was minimal tourists on the hike making it one of my favorites in Big Sur.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing views! Prepare for lots of sun, as none of these trails provide much shade. The weather during the last week of August was perfect for the loop hike. Breezy, sunny, and moderate temperatures made a beautiful day to hike. Either direction will give you a vigorous work out when trying to make the summit. As suggested the clockwise take will provide a more enjoyable hike in terms of stamina requirements. Make sure to turn off onto the spring trail and hang out on the "hidden beach" for a bit before finishing the panoramic trail. Bring lots of water and a fully charged camera. you will want to live in some of these moments forever. Have a great hike!

I love this trial such beautiful scenery & a great workout ! A great way to get lost in nature

We did clockwise as suggested; very nice scenic trail with varying conditions and delights. Second half narrower trail and bit more difficult to navigate descent. Great trail!

hike clockwise so you end on the bluffs. get your workout on the ridge and your views on the small Beach that's absolutely worth the extra uphill. the last mile or so is blocked off because the cliffs are unstable but it's still gorgeous!

Great trail! I recommend starting with the bluff/ridge trail. Starting with this climb was challenging but the view from the top was really incredible and worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Family of 8 conquered yesterday, some sore legs today but nothing we couldn't handle! This trail has a little bit of everything, ridges looking down on the beach and across RT1 to higher mountain ranges. Beach views the whole time, we came down bluffs after going up the ridge. Small beach trail add-on down the Bluffs trail. 10/10!

hiking
1 month ago

This is absolutely one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. It has everything. So gorgeous and there’s so many opportunities to scurry down to the beach and explore. How often do you get to explore a beach in this area alone?

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Remember to bring plenty of water as the hike is long. Uphill hike at the beginning was tough but well worth the views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail head nearest to the beach was overgrown. We walked back towards the parking lot to the other trail head and did the loop the. Later we cut through for completion. No other part of the trail was overgrown besides the trail head nearest to the beach. We went clockwise and the views on the way down were breathtaking. Lots of yellow wildflowers blooming and a few light pink flowering bushes.

GORGEOUS. I’d recommend hiking clockwise, it’s harder but the views of the coast while hiking down are just astounding

hiking
1 month ago

we had such a great time doing this loop! beginning is a bit intense, but we'll worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike that takes about 3-4 hours. We went up Ridge Trail first and got the incline out of the way. Lunch on the beach we great off Bluff Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is always a winner and highly recommend doing the loop clockwise. Moderate is an apt rating — enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely trail, and a nice long loop giving plenty of time to take in the views. We did it clockwise which I’d recommend as it was nice coming down through the beach bluffs. The other way might not have been so nice looking.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has beautiful views of the ocean, and a wonderful walk to the beach. It's hard and long, however!! We took the steep way way up via the ridge trail and then back on the bluffs trail. We tracked about 10 miles total! Also lots of ticks!!!

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

I love these trails! Each trail is distinctly different, sequoias on the ridge, a driftwood beach on the bluffs and wind blown pines on the plateau. Take bug spray I encountered plenty of bugs. If you wear a hat watch out for the wind on the plateau it will take it right off your head, and of course watch out for poison oak.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

This was a great trail! I’d recommend going up the ridge trail (going straight instead of right at the first fork if coming in from creamery meadow trail), which will allow you to go through the loop clockwise. I think it’s an easier climb this way and you can enjoy the beautiful ocean view the whole way down on the other side! We didn’t start until 11:30 am, but did it in just under 3 hours (with minimal breaks and a decently fast pace). Most of the trail is not shaded so it can get hot, but there are also parts toward the top / on the ocean side that are very breezy and cool.

2 months ago

Spectacular hike all around. Go clockwise and take in the redwood groves, canyon views and ocean bluffs. Beach is overcrowded and skippable with so many other, better beaches to visit.

hiking
2 months ago

We just completed this trail today and it took us about 3 hours to do the full loop. The ridge trail was several big, sloping, hills, with some areas of shade (there are none on the bluffs trail). We did the bluffs first and ended with the ridge trail; while most of the scenery was in the bluffs trail, the ridge trail was an easy return downhill. Lots of wildflowers and amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked this yesterday and it was gorgeous! Wildflowers popping, deer, little lizards crawling around everywhere in the sun, and one small rattlesnake. We hiked the loop counterclockwise and it worked out perfect. You get your workout in with big climbs in the beginning, and then it’s declines all the way to the end. It was all worth the views.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

A taste of everything California coast has to offer! Really beautiful right now with flowers blooming and plants flourishing. Nice stop at pink and beach. Recommend clockwise direction to get climb done early rather than a steep downhill at the end of the trail. Footbridge is up again. Note that parts of the trail are narrow. Be aware of poison oak.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Definitely recommend this trail... start with the ridge trail then connect to bluff trail, and on your way down take the spring trail detour over a small bridge and across some fallen beechwood, you’ll come to a beach... great place to relax and take in the oceans ambiance. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WALK THE BEACH... if afternoon... the high tide comes in quick and is very dangerous... do the beach walk in the early AM. Last thing... bring sunscreen, long sleeve polyester shirts or some way to shade the sun. Majority of this trail is in the direct sun! Do not the let the overcasts fool you... if your not prepared you will burn... have fun on the trail!!

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