Timber Top and Boranda Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.3 miElevation gain2503 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyCampingHikingrunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeScramble
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Narek Atayan
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Nathan Schultz
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HikingGreat!No shade

Get ready, it’s no walk in the park. Trail condition is good.

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Marissa Zebrowski
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Still closed because of wildfires

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Jurgen Herzog
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Trash Micah
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Looks like it’s closed due to wildfires as of the time of this writing.

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Sun Forrest
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Vatissa Mitchell
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views all the way up! You’re essentially hiking with a view of the Pacific Ocean to one side almost the entire time. Very little to no shade though so, I suggest starting the hike early.

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Logan Bone
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HikingGreat!

1st thing is first, if you are allergic to poison (anything) be careful. Other than that, if you are looking for a challenging uphill hike, this is a great one. Just so you know, when you reach “Timber Top”, you’ve made it. Don’t be discouraged.

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Brian Orosco
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HikingOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

Deangulo trail is trash. Super overgrown, lots of poison oak, terrible footing, heavy camber, can’t even see the trail for a lot of it, and rocky near the top. It was hairy as a descent. I can’t imagine the kind of nightmare it would as an ascent. Stay away! Timber Top on the other hand, is nice open and steep. Great views. I think it would be killer in the spring when everything is green and flowering.

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Drew Carr
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HikingBugs

It’s a lot more up than you would expect. Also, take your views on the way up. The top is anticlimactic

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Jordan McKamie
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HikingNo shade

Not for newbs, hella steep. I’m a very experienced hiker and this was the steepest I’ve done in a hot min. (Newbs pls note the elevation gain is like 2,600ft in a little less than 3 miles up) The trail itself really isn’t bad as far as condition. The top is overrated imo (and overgrown) but I hiked down the fire road a little bit and I think the views better that way and the whole way up are pretty good too. Good workout though. The poison ivy in the previous review was at about 1.12 and I only saw about 5 questionable plants and they are very easy to avoid.

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Kaitlin Begin
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HikingNo shade

Not an easy hike. There are a few flat parts of the trail but otherwise it is all uphill. Views are great but I highly suggest following the trail down a little bit more until you get to the rocks on the peak and you have an amazing 360 degree view. I absolutely disagree that the view is not noteworthy - I went on a foggy day so I didn't get an ocean view but the mountains were so incredible on their own. Some parts of the trail are overgrown with brush so I would recommend wearing long pants. Also a small patch of poison oak on the trail and hidden under some brush about a mile in - beware!

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Gloria Quintero
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The first bit of the hike is very beautiful, especially early in the morning! The view of the ocean and the mountains is amazing. Once you get into it though, it gets very very dry and very steep uphill! It was super hot at like 9-10 am. The view from here on is nothing noteworthy. There are sections that have a lot of plants but also A LOT of bugs, I recommend bug spray! Very challenging but happy I did it!

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Victoria Z
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HikingNo shade

This was a trail that goes steadily up the whole way, with little shade. There are some parts where the thorny bushes blocked the path and you have to walk through. Long pants suggested. A lot of little flies. It was beautiful ocean view all along the trail. We came on July 4th at 9am and there were maybe 7 cars parked on the side of the road. Finished 4L of water between 2 people. The summit was not too spectacular, so don’t worry if you don’t reach the top, you would have enjoyed all the best views already.

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Ashley Monteiro
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Expected to see an awesome view at the top...there wasn’t one. Awesome views the whole way up for sure though. Lots of snakes and wildlife, stay cautious. Getting to Timber Top it is 100% uphill, no flat areas. Completed in about 2.5 hours. No fee, just park on the other side of Hwy1 to access trail head.

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Jacqueline Hicks
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HikingOver grown

Definitely overgrown in a few places but nothing wild. trekking poles are a must! I don’t think I would’ve made it without them. The view was stunning even on a cloudy day. You get the view for most of the hike which is definitely a plus. I started this hike around 1pm which was a huge mistake because it was incredibly hot, but I still loved every minute of it. It is mostly in the sun...but there are a few shaded places throughout. The last mile to the top is definitely the steepest. Had a little trouble breathing with the elevation change but the GORGEOUS view made it worthwhile

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Anthony Valle
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Tough hike but beautiful!! Superbloom near the top. Views were 100% worth it. We're experienced hikers & getting to the top was still a struggle. Very hot, no shade, entirely uphill. We clocked 3.0 miles each way (6 total) & 2500ft gain. Took just under 3 hours to finish without stops.

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angela rodriguez
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HikingNo shade

Gorgeous views the whole way. Most of trail is exposed to sun and i did it on a day where weather hit 75+ degrees. It starts off straight up and stays that way basically what feels like the whole way. Some parts of path are very over grown so good to bring layers if that bugs you. My boyfriend and I had to stop about 2 miles up due to a blister but still got gorgeous views and peace due to lack of traffic on trail. So plenty of social distancing! Will be returning to reach the top. Trail going down is much smoother than garrapata Side note: Very limited parking on side of the road and trail is somewhat unmarked on side of hwy 1!

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Joel Sarazin
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Awesome trail and incredible views.......basically 3 miles straight up......not for the the novice hiker......but if you’re willing to put in the sweat equity the payoff is well worth it

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Stacie Vu
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HikingBugsOver grown

Went on this hike Sunday afternoon. Very quiet, peaceful trail. It was mostly uphill, but still enjoyable. There was plenty of parking along both sides of the road. The trailhead is not very clearly marked on the side of the road, but if you follow the coordinates provided from AllTrails, you’ll find it. Although it was a little overgrown, someone had cut a lot of the branches and cleared sone of the bushes earlier that day. Thank you, kind hiker :) wildflowers blooming everywhere! I was a little bummed that I didn’t get to see the spectacular ocean or mountain views. Unfortunately, it was overcast, so I did not get a chance to see anything but fog. I would 100% come back here if the weather was clear. If you are coming from inland and see the marine layer, please keep expectations low because the higher you climb, the less you’ll see. Considering COVID-19, I would not recommend coming here because the trails are very narrow and it was difficult to maintain 2 m from other hikers at many points. There were many ticks in the bushes. I brushed at least two off of me during the hike. Luckily, I was wearing a light colored top, so I was able to easily see those little devils crawling on me. Btw, there was poison oak along the trail. Would not recommend wearing shorts.

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Pierre Lecomte
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Amazing trail, steep. Potentially a bit longer that what was indicated. Very rewarding

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Hailee Kile
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HikingBugsOver grown

This trail is definitely for experienced hikers. Bring plenty of water for yourself, and pup. I had 3 liters for myself and went through 2 and had 1 liter for my dog, and she went through that easily. It is mostly uphill the entire way, some parts more steep than others, but you have the view the entire way up. It is gorgeous! If you decide to go all the way to the top and back, it's probably almost 7 miles in and out and around 3,000 feet elevation gain. We didn't quite go the top and stopped around 2,400 feet elevation gain and around 3 miles. So it is a bit longer and higher than stated; be prepared! At the very beginning there is a lot of overgrown brush along the trail, and trust me when I say there are ticks! My dog came home with 5 on her! Do a tick check! There also isn't really any shade, wear a hat and have sunscreen.

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John McDonald
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HikingBugsOver grown

Great hike. Difficult if you’re out of shape. Parking was a little confusing for my girlfriend and I but it turns out you can just park on the opposite side of the road if the one or two spots on the trail side are taken. Absolutely beautiful.

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