Buzzards Roost Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews

Buzzards Roost Trail is a 2.5 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.

2.5 miles
797 feet



nature trips



no dogs

3 days 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.

1 month ago

Nice hike to the top

2 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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 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!

5 months ago

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

6 months ago


7 months ago

Trail closed 6/11/17.

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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Awesome hike with the family with beautiful weather

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful coastal view. Challenging hike. Perfect for families.

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!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pretty tough all around hike if you include the entire loop around! Warm near the top but overall a good hike! Definitely a workout!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

There is definitely some incline, but it's not too long, which makes it really doable. From the top, it looks like you could have just driven up- there is a road. You can hear cars pretty much the whole time.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The trails forks so there are two routes to get to the Roost. Easy but steady climb to the top. We encountered an English couple and their daughter at the top. Mostly forested along the trail. Many redwoods along the creek at the start of this enjoyable trail.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Great trail! Short but packs in lots of fun along the way. Good climbs, steep drop offs, amazing redwoods, valley views, and panoramic views of the ocean. The only bad part is there is a ton of poison oak. But hey, it's Big Sur. there's tons of poison oak everywhere! Overall it's a great short hike that you won't regret.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Significant regrowth from the December 2013 wild fires. Amazing to see the resilience of the Redwoods and the slow replacement of scrub brush. The top is a let down when you see the private road that comes up one side of the hill. Seems like the ideal spot for a trial that continues toward the ocean but it's clear private property owners have boxed it out

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Fun hike. Start out along the river, switchback through the lush trees and eventually end up with a open view of the ocean. I'd definitely do it again.

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