Buzzards Roost Trail

MODERATE 118 reviews

Buzzards Roost Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike, go clockwise!

birding
29 days ago

Good birding. Nicely wooded. Nice views at the top. Saw warblers, woodpeckers, brown creepers and more.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful trail with varied trees. Nice view at the top. Path is pretty smooth.

1 month ago

Love this hike!

1 month ago

Nice quick loop. View at top was slightly ruined by roads and telephone wires

1 month ago

Nice

1 month ago

Great hike with moderate hiking uphill. Small amounts of ticks and other bugs but very little considering the elevation and temperature at the time. About 2 and a half hours total with gorgeous views the entire way up, down, and around. Good flat spot at the top to eat and gain some energy back before the hike back down.

1 month ago

Lots of poison oak. Great variance of ecosystems. Best on overcast or foggy days.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery and lots of wildflowers along the trail. We were advised to go counterclockwise and were glad we did. The beginning portion from the parking lot is along a pretty river.

2 months ago

Steep hike most of way to top. We went counter clockwise, but going up clockwise May have been easier. Great views at top. Not overly crowded.

3 months ago

Great but really HARD ,but it worth it and is a must. Don’t forget which right road is harder

3 months ago

Give it a 4.5 stars. Great hike and work out. The view at the top is a great payoff! The walk along the river at the bottom was a relaxing way to end the hike.

trail running
3 months ago

Very runnable trail in great condition. Walked a couple of steeper descents so as not to wipe out. Nice payoff view at the top!

4 months ago

Nice little stroll to get the blood flowing and get a nice view

hiking
4 months ago

First time to this park, visited from out of state. WOW, what a beautiful trail.
We started by walking along the Big Sur River on the River Trail (from parking lot 3) to catch this trail head.
The redwoods, even the ones scorched from the 2016 fires, were stunning. Steady climbing, but not too strenuous. Trail was wet from overnight rains, but didn't feel muddy or slippery. Parts of the trail are pretty narrow, so you need to watch your footing--some steep drop-offs! Saw several banana slugs--bright yellow (hard to miss). We didn't make it all the way to the top for the views--getting too late in the day. Hope to return sometime to do the whole trail and others at this park.

4 months ago

great trail. lots of switch backs all the way up. Great for kids, not too challenging. We encounter lots of banana slugs. out and back is about an hour or so.

6 months ago

Nice hike to the top

walking
7 months ago

Take the “hard” (right) route, it’s shaded for the way up with gorgeous forest. The vista at “summit” is not particularly noteworthy, but the trees and air are worth the walk.

8 months ago

It is a good hike steep uphill and loop back down to rest and have lunch by the little river.

hiking
9 months ago

Just hiked this yesterday... awesome view from the top. Has decent traffic even though it is supposedly closed.

hiking
10 months ago

Just hiked this trail this weekend. I would rate this as moderate, there are some inclines that will have you huffing and puffing. A tip a park worker gave was to take the route to the left first and get the hard stuff out of the way. The way down was so much easier! Don't forget to stop by the creek to dip your tired feet in the cold stream water!

10 months ago

Open Labor day weekend. Beautiful scenery, steep but not much of an ocean view.

11 months ago

CHRRENTLY CLOSED

Monday, June 26, 2017

Trail closed 6/11/17.

Left 4 stars because it's a good hike when it's open.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Awesome hike with the family with beautiful weather

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Steep towards end. Lots of switchbacks and very little flat ground.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful coastal view. Challenging hike. Perfect for families.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We hiked Buzzards Roost after hiking Pfeiffer Falls. It was challenging but doable. Trail was well maintained. View at the top was great! Beware of the poison oak, but that's not uncommon at Big Sur.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

I'd rate it Moderate to Kick your butt! But them I'm not a young sprightly hiker. Tough climb for me, but I did it, and there's a good wide view at the top. Interesting walking through burnt trees from a fire in 2013. Lots of poison oak so be careful. If you're older, use a pole!

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