Bluffs Beach Trail

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Bluffs Beach Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Onofre, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

surfing

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

The Cristianitos Fault is a major earthquake fault line located less than one mile from the San Onofre nuclear power plant. This hike takes you on a 3 mile loop through San Onofre State Beach to the site of the fault line. Along the way, you'll see the Monterey Formation, which holds most of the oil and gas deposits known in the LA basin and off the coast, as well as the abrupt end of the San Mateo formation at the fault line.

walking
1 month ago

We went yesterday 5/29/18 and it wasn’t a hike. Just a walk by the beach. The view was super nice and very relaxing. We would have loved to sit down and watch the beach but a couple had their dog off the leash and the dog was barking and trying to run towards us. Not very relaxing at all. You must keep your dogs in their leash, it says on the sign. Don’t mess it up for other people. We did trail 1 and once you walk down to the beach you could really only walk left. And if you keep walking down you hit big dinosaur rocks and the water hits them. So the water ends up to your waist. Other than that it’s the perfect beach for relaxing and watching the waves. Perfect for a picnic. $15 fee not worth it if your wanting to hike. But worth it if your planning to get in the water and relax and stuff.

hiking
4 months ago

It must have been beautiful a little while back based on the reviews, but it was hard to even give this two stars. On the trail on the bluffs you can’t see anything and it’s muddy, then you walk down to the beach on your way back on the “loop.” Not worth $15 whatsoever. You’re basically paying to walk along the beach.

This is a beautiful hike but beware much of the original trail is washed away. Some places were dangerous. The beach is covered in rock as well so make sure to wear ankle supporting shoes.

9 months ago

Nice hike some of the beach is covered with rocks. Recommend shoes with good ankle support. $15 dollar fee to enter park.

9 months ago

One of my new favorite spots

walking
10 months ago

It's all about the beach. Beautiful spot! Easy hike.

11 months ago

Very beautiful. It is 15$ to get in for a day pass but I enjoyed the cliffs and the rocky Ocean. great place for photographs! Not much of a later out trail unless you break off on some of the smaller ones and link them all together. Relaxing day!

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Not much of an actual hike, more just cliffside beach access. It's a nice secluded beach though and dogs are permitted. $15 day use fee to enter the park. Views are pretty, just not much hiking to be done.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

trials are a little difficult to locate, but the scenery is beautiful

Friday, October 14, 2016

The area and views are beautiful. Extremely secluded, and there are neat structures made out driftwood on the beach. The portion of the trail from Trail 1 that goes along the beach is all (well, mostly) rocks... dinosaur egg sized rocks. We tried to make it across them, then attempted to walk in the surf barefoot, to end up getting a wave up to our waist. Super amusing, and very beautiful, but we just turned back and explored the beachy part at the bottom of trail 1. Fun, but not what we expected.

walking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

had an awesome day!!!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

absolutely recommend!!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

I actually hike/walked from the north end of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. There is a Vernal Pool Restoration Area there. The loop is .66 miles; however, I did a lot of side trails, circles and figure 8's to make this a 5.16 mile hike in 1hr 28min. All flat, very easy, and great views!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Went to Bluffs Beach last year for the first time. Can't remember if I too trail 4 or 6 down but I loved it! Lots of rocks on the beach entering the water. Take swimming shoes!

hiking
Monday, May 05, 2014

Easy hike with nice views. Very short.

hiking
Monday, May 20, 2013

Pristine beach and interesting bluffs deserve 5 stars but the nuclear power plant is too massive to ignore.

nature trips
Monday, November 07, 2011

Great Beach I take trail #6 and make a left at the beach and get some sun.
I see people here complaining about the hike. The 5.4 mile loop in description is to make a loop from trail 6 to the beach and up trail 1 and back to your car. I think thats what this loop is.....

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beautiful very beautiful! But not much of a hike, more like an access way to the beach. Found a nice little nook in the cliffs on the beach laid out for hours and not one soul passed us. Very secluded.

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