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Little River Blowhole Trail

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Little River, California

Little River Blowhole Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Little River, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is a very short trail to see a very large blow hole that is approximately 60 feet deep and maybe the same or larger in diameter. The blow hole is connected to the ocean by a tunnel that fills with waves and sea water at high tide. Trail begins at the north edge of the Little River Cemetery. It wraps around behind the back of the cemetery and then descends a slight slope to the blow hole. Beyond the blow hole there are a couple of places where there is an ocean view from the high bluffs. There is no safe ocean access. If you take children, keep them close as this is a potential hazardous site.

hiking
3 months ago

I walked around the graveyard as well as hiking around the blow hole/punch bowl and then to the cliffs. It was something else to see. I felt my fear of heights/falling kick in. It is a pretty dangerous area, so be very careful. It was worth seeing.

hiking
8 months ago

Stopped here on a whim. Unfortunately the tide was low and there wasn’t any water coming into the punch bowl.

Sun May 26 2019

very exciting view of ocean

Tue Apr 02 2019

very cool, one of the locals told us about this spot. loved it

Thu Jul 27 2017

No parking near the trail head

Fri May 12 2017

This place is pretty cool! Took the advice of others and parked at the cemetery and it's a short hike from there to the actual blowhole. During my time there was very little water in it tides would roll in and then out but it was beautiful. Be careful of poison oak and stay on the trail. I did not see any ropes or anyway down to the punchbowl so it must of been removed, it's a site to see for sure though.

hiking
Fri Apr 07 2017

Very cool! Park at the cemetery, short walk to see the punch bowl. Not sure it's a blow hole anymore, but very cool to see. Very precarious climb down, but we made it no problem. Muddy and steep with some ropes tied off. Looks like there was some slides with the rough winter california had, so be careful for loose soil. Some of the ropes had been half buried from slides

hiking
Sun Jul 03 2016

Climbed down to the bottom. Awesome spot. Well worth the climb.

hiking
Sat Oct 12 2013

This is a very short trail which was recently improved and may now include a designated parking area off of Highway One. It is a small segment of the California Coastal Trail that was probably just a local hang-out spot originally. Now there are signs on Route 1 and fencing to keep people from parking and hiking in unwanted areas. Access to the bottom of the sinkhole is improved with a rope for people to hold onto as the they ascend/descend. The rope is helpful if you are carrying a picnic basket or heavy daypack or when the clay trail is moist. Wild columbines cling to the walls of the sinkhole, which is shaded by douglas fir and sitka spruce trees on the rim above. This is a special place and was probably the reason that the Little River Cemetery was located just beyond the eastern rim.

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