Bluff Trail

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Bluff Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Los Osos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
370 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
13 days ago

The Bluff Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Pacific Ocean. This hike of the Bluff Trail is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot, it was foggy on this particular day. This trail has both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail. Rattlesnakes are very common here.
I actually was on three different trails, I started on the Bluff trail at the southern end, then switched to the Badger Trail to go inland for awhile. Then, I switched to the Rattlesnake Flats trail to head towards my car.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

19 days ago

easy hike, good views, great temperature, too manny people.

2 months ago

incredible views. very cold even in July

nature trips
2 months ago

Pristine coastline, lots of CA sea otters, level gravel trail, fresh sea air.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Me and my wife's favorite trail. Easy ride, awesome views.

3 months ago

Awesome! easy and accessible for people with limited mobility. Gorgeous views!

3 months ago

had so much fun on the bluffs. gorgeous flowers and lots of birds.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with gorgeous views. A bit windy and can get cooler. So bring an extra layer.

3 months ago

Breathtaking bluffs. Easy walk along the cliffs. we did spot 2 snakes, a rattlesnake and another beautifully patterned one.

3 months ago

Nice leisurely walk for the whole family. Ocean views, sometimes a little windy, so bring a jacket.

4 months ago

Great hike!

trail running
5 months ago

Montaña de Oro is one of my favorite places in SLO County (and thus far on the planet). The Bluff trail is one of many in the vicinity. It has a parking lot on both ends. It is wide, well-used and gorgeous. There is a network of smaller trails that allow you to come closer to the cliffs. When the tide is out, there is a wooden staircase that takes you down to a small beach a little ways down the trail. I recommended going to nearby Spooner’s Cove and to the Spooner’s old ranch home. It is now a museum. It has a small store, some photos of when the land was still used as a ranch and is a recreation of what it may have looked like when the family still lived there.

walking
7 months ago

Quite beautiful! Had never been here before but went in September and it was pretty! Super easy walk and there are little coves you can hike down to.

walking
7 months ago

Flat trail with beautiful ocean views. Great for picnic/sunset/photography.

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent family walk. Lots of great ocean views. Play at the beach afterwards. Pic nic .
This seems to get busy on the weekends. Come early. Good parking and bathrooms.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail has a gravel base path which is even good for strollers. But foot paths branch off all the way along the coast providing fantastic close up views. Access down to tide pools and inlets provide even better access.
This hike is more about sightseeing than real hiking. it is like one big Big Sur "turn out". Beautiful.

walking
8 months ago

Always beautiful, a well-maintained walking trail on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful views, options to turn off to different loop patterns, surf access at a few points. Don’t miss this one!

hiking
8 months ago

Great ocean views. path is easy for all ages. Tide pools available but very jagged.

walking
10 months ago

Gorgeous view, very casual walking.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail, its very kids and stroller friendly. Beautiful trail that takes you along the ocean.

walking
10 months ago

Breathtakingly beautiful! My wife and I had a wonderful time, BUT.. we left the trail a little and cut through some grass and I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake (I saw the tail). Don’t be stupid like me and leave the trail and you’ll be fine.

11 months ago

Such a beautiful and scenic trail with ocean views! Very mild and easy trail to enjoy! I am seven months pregnant and this was a perfect 5 mile round trip hike that still gave me a good workout. We are adding this hike to our list as a must hike again trail if we are in this area!

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Beautiful view every step. Well maintained paved trail that's fairly flat. Be careful, we did see a rattlesnake crossing the path in the morning.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

What a beauty of a trail! Very easy and amazing views.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Easy trail high on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Amazing sea views with a hidden sea cave

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Great time with my son. Trail is easy and the tidepools were lots of fun to explore.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This is a flat, easy trail for all skill levels. you can venture off trail to tide pools and more secluded spots. gorgeous views and lots of photo ops!

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

great spot! very accessible and amazing views!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Easy trail with beautiful views.

walking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Plenty of spots to go off the main trail and head down to the water. Great tide pools with tons of crabs, fishes, eels, anemones, and other marine life. Stunning ocean views and interesting geology.

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