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This trail is closed indefinitely-lots of mudslide damage.

The road is open to bicycles and hikers per Andrew molera state beach ranger January 2018.

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

I work for parks in the Big Sur sector and I can tell you that this trail is closed because sections of it are gone. You will lose the trail very quickly. Please don’t ignore ‘AREA CLOSED’ signs. They are there for a good reason! Happy trails.

6 days ago

Great hike! I had to take off our shoes to cross the river. It was cold!!! I recommend bringing a towel to dry off once you cross. As many mention on here do the look clockwise to get the best views. The trail along the ocean are very narrow compare to the trail along the hwy 1.

Once you get to the top, I recommend to go a bit further up along the wired divided. You will get a great view of the ocean. There is a log where you can stand and take pics. Take snacks to enjoy there.

6 days ago

The trail was serviced just around Christmas/New Years of ‘17/‘18 as per the campground host. The facilities from Arroyo Seco Campground are awesome and in great shape, as well as the fire road leading down towards the Marble Peak Trail. It is a heavily forested and stunningly beautiful hike that is in great condition leading up to Willow Springs camp. After Willow, a good portion of the Ventana Mountain range is recovering from the Soberanes Fire of 2016. The trail, although quite strenuous, is still maintained in somewhat decent shape, but a lot of the vegetation that is thriving due to the fires are taking up a good portion of the trail at times and you must beware of ticks as you pass through the thick brush and avoid tree branches. Dust off each time you pass through a thick portion.
As you approach Strawberry Camp the trail begins to become a bit difficult, mainly due to lack of a trail and thorned Chapperal also begins to be a problem. The Black Cone trail junction is pretty difficult to impassable but if you’re up for it, I hear you get the bang for you buck with sights. I camped in Strawberry Valley and had a hell of a time, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Closed till further notice. All trails should update asap. #cobrahikingclub

Nice hike to the top

16 days ago

The view is ok, hike is moderate as expected.

Very easy hike to see a beautiful view. Cool for stopping by.

16 days ago

This trail is not on most published maps. Nonetheless it is well maintained and serves as the most direct route to Twin Peak summit. When I say most direct, that is because it goes strait up! There are no switchbacks and this is a brutal though beautiful climb. It's more of a mountain peak ascent than a hike. Not for the faint of heart, but you'll be rewarded with amazing views. There's water up about a mile from the otherwise unmarked trailhead. Look for the sign marking the state park boundary. Again, this trail is NOT on most maps starting up about 2.5 miles where it intersects two other trails, one of which heads left, the other right. This one heads right up the middle,

mountain biking
17 days ago

Good mountain bike trails. You’ll be tired.

Tried a there and back day hike, and the info is WAY off in regards to distance. We were running out day light and headed back. We ended up doing 12 miles and 4000+ feet of gain. So this hike is short of 15 miles, but totally worth it. We are planning on going back and starting a bit sooner. Would be ideal to do this in two days, so that you may enjoy the epic views.

Went with a group of all skill levels. Found it to be a very scenic day trip, with ocean views during the majority of it.

The last 6 Miles of the drive there is on a dirt road that may be difficult for vehicles with low clearance.

One the best scenic hikes in the Los Padres.

Trail was well maintained.

Amazing beach! We had a magical day here.

20 days ago

Truly extraordinary hike - from start to finish. (Bring flip flops or water shoes and a small towel to dry your feet! You need to cross a short ice cold creek to get started and finish.)

Great hike with spectacular views and take it in the clockwise direction. Please note that the bridge on one side is closed so you have to take off your shoes and wade through a stream, the water is freezing cold.

Even though this trail is closed, has anyone done this and gotten away with it?

I did this trail with my dog. it was a beautiful hike with amazing views. the trail was well-maintained and we didn't see a another person on the trail.

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