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.
dogs on leash
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. I could see no safe ocean access. If you take children, keep them close as this is a potential hazardous site.
Climbed down to the bottom. Awesome spot. Well worth the climb.
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.