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

MODERATE 359 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

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

over grown

washed out

no shade

no dogs

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

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome trail and perfect weather. I recommend getting there early to avoid all of the people. Also, definitely don’t skip out on the hidden beach.

hiking
over grown
rocky
9 days ago

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

I completed this trail with a group of 13. We kept left at the start which was very uphill and strenuous for about the first hour and 45 minutes. We took lunch at the top with beautiful views. Then on the way back with beautiful views, whoever suggested that you are right! Most of us ran out of water and thought it was more than just a moderate hike. Maybe we’re not expert hikers but it was definitely difficult! Free parking if your camping near by, we were camping at Pfeiffer and got in no problem. They do have a drinking well at the start where you can fill up your water. Note no dogs allowed.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
15 days ago

Great trail. Wonderful views. Watch for poison oak.

hiking
no shade
30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

This was an enjoyable hike. I hiked clockwise as someone suggested, which made for a great workout at the beginning and beautiful views toward the end. The forest at the halfway point (or so) was a lovely break from the sun. The "hidden" beach was cute as was the dense "forest" down the side trail. The part labeled beach trail is actually closed, so the loop (ends or begins) at the dotted line to the right.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Face

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

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