First timer to Big Sur. All other trails are closed due to Covid-19 but none the less this trail was nice and easy. Bathrooms are open too!!! Either park up top if you can other wise there is a $10 parking fee.

This was a beautiful trail. The first mile is surrounded by small waterfalls/stream and redwoods. The next two miles are a climb, and the final mile uphill is not as steep. I think it’s been a while since anyone has hike this after COVID, so much of the first half of the trail was overgrown. We noticed a lot of poison oak, so wear long sleeves or pants. The downhill was easy and well kept, no issues with overgrown foliage. The last mile you need to walk on highway 1 (I couldn’t find any trails south of the highway) so be sure to finish before it gets dark! Partington Cove is at the start/finish of this trail and it’s an easy mile add on - highly recommend!

Little overgrown but still easy to find if you’re looking for it. The beach at the end/beginning of the loop was a well deserved reward. Took my girlfriend and myself around 3.5 hours to complete with a snack break, handful of water breaks and some kissy breaks. 10/10

Trail was overgrown but crew was working on-trail as we did the hike and it was much improved with their efforts. Likewise recommend the inland trail first to get the climb out of the way first and enjoy the more gentle walk back along the coast.

Gorgeous hike with spectacular views and tons of wildflowers. You need to cross a knee-high flat-bottomed stream at the beginning and end of this loop, quite close to the parking lot. We just started our hike in flip-flops and put on hiking boots afterwards. You can do it barefoot if you feet are less tender than mine. It is nice to do this clockwise. The first part, the Ridge Trail is climbs with great views of the mountains and is wide like a fire road. Near the end of this section is a magical redwood grove. At the top there is a commanding view, and the Ridge Trail connects with the Panorama Trail. This is the one that is somewhat overgrown, but more grassy than scratchy. I was in long pants but short sleeves. It was never at all hard to follow the trail. There are spectacular ocean views all the way down. I did pick up a tick on my arm here so watch for that. Be sure to include the short walk down to the beautiful beach at the Spring Trail. We saw two newts in the spring! Then the Panorama Trail merges into the Bluff Trail. We changed back into flip flops for the very last bit. I highly recommend this high.

Trail was overgrown so I had to stop about 2 miles in and go back. About a mile walk from parking lot to trailhead. There’s a small knee high stream that you’ll have to cross. Not a bad hike

It was a great trail but not maintained all the way. Some places were so much overgrown that it was very hard to find the trail. The trail has views all through its way. Wearing full sleeve will help pass through those over grown areas without any scratches on your body. I recommend taking the clockwise way: ridge trail, panorama trail and then bluff trail on your way back.

Would give 5 stars but some sections if you follow this map are extremely overgrown. Many hikes in the park that you can access without walking through the overgrown section though. Beautiful views, fresh air and wildlife. Saw a 6 point buck just off trail watching us enjoying his day. Wear pants and long sleeves and check for ticks if you do that you’ll have a blast.

beautiful view of the ocean not too hard recommended to go clockwise on the loop trail I went counterclockwise it was a little bit harder

Beautiful views but so overgrown in a lot of places I probably wouldn’t hike this again. Definitely wear long pants on this hike or your legs will get shredded in all the overgrowth. You also have to walk about knee length through an icy river in the beginning or end depending which direction you start the loop. I recommend a clockwise direction so you come down on the ocean side and get beautiful panoramic views

Wondering if anyones been up here in the last week or 2?

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rocky
23 days ago

My wife and I came in through the fort hunter liggett side of trail in mid April, weather was perfect. No flys or gnats. The scenery before we got to the top was great. The farther up we went the more dispersed camping was available. The sunset was awesome! We went to pretty much the dead end of trail. Plenty of fallen down trees for firewood. If you take your dog make sure they have a tick and flea pill before you go, there were a lot of ticks. No hiking really, awesome to be there for a day or two, I wouldn’t stay up there for too long though not much else to do. Perfect to take RTT. It was open during shelter in place order. Call Monterey ranger district to be sure it’s open before you go. 4x4 recommended but I actually saw a Honda Civic make it near top before trail got rougher. To get to my spot I searched Prewitt ridge road on my maps, and took it to dead end.

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bugs
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fee
over grown
29 days ago

Trailhead was closed as of 5/7 (not sure if covid related or something else?) but you can just step over the chain and go in anyway. Trail is pretty well marked and has some nice looking vegetation, but it’s very overgrown and we stepped through about a hundred or so spiderwebs, so it must not have been trafficked in a while. There were a TON of bugs buzzing around my face and biting me so it got rather annoying. Also, there may be poison ivy, as I got some reaction on my ankle and knee, and my friend found a tick on them after. It is about 6 miles total although my map doesn’t show as my phone died fairly quickly after the first part of the loop. When you get to the loop part, I’d recommend going left towards the path where you have to climb over a large fallen tree. Wouldn’t do this one again however.

Went in late March. Was absolutely beautiful. Mostly uphill the entire way. Had some gorgeous. Views of the ocean insuring the first couple miles of the hike

I’ve been on this trail before and it’s gorgeous and lovely and very challenging (for me ) so I’m giving this 5 stars. However I wanted to post on here so that people were aware that the trail is currently closed!! I saw a week or so ago someone had posted they’d gone, so I don’t know how recent they’ve started to enforce it, but I did try and hike this for a few hours, sneaked past the very clear closure signs, enjoyed the view for a bit and then determined that was a bad idea after a few miles and headed back. When I got back to my car just 3 hours later there was a notice from the CHP that if my car remained there, I could be fined up to $5000... so they’re not messing around! There were a few other cars parked there as well so I hope they didn’t get fined! (I was planning on staying a few nights but luckily my gut told me to get out of there and follow the rules! Otherwise I’d be contentedly camping on a mountain right now while accumulating $5k in debt!) Anyway, fingers crossed this trail opens up again soon, because I love it! Stay safe out there, fellow hikers!

Amazing trail with incredible views. At each turn there was something new that left us speechless. This could and easily should be a 2-3 night backpacking adventure. We did the whole loop in two days and one night. Plenty of water throughout but Goat Camp is way off of where it is labeled on All Trails. The only negatives are the amounts of ticks and poison oak but come prepared and you’ll be fine. In addition, be ready to earn the views. Regardless of the direction you choose your climbing 5,000+ vertical feet in a relatively short distance.

Can someone give us some suggestions on parking? We are trying to drive down for a half-day hike, but were told that there is no street parking available (and obviously parking lots are closed). We don't want to drive an hour from our house to find out we can't find anywhere to park. Help please!!

Great trail, very diverse. There is a bug in the description of the hike, and mileage is counted twice. It’s about a 3.5 miles hike

Beautiful trail! The bridge is not in place yet so you will have to walk across the stream but it’s only about knee high and very slow moving water. Great balance between hillside and coastal scenery. Decent workout the first couple miles when heading uphill then it’s a nice walk through the hills down to the beachfront. Definitely recommend and will go again!

Beautiful trail with lots of climbing and spectacular views. No tics in sight, no poison oak. No humans.

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blowdown
over grown
2 months ago

The last push to Cone Peak was great. I didn't know that the trail went there so I didn't slot the extra 2 hours to summit. The to the road I parked at was closed. It would have saved me 5 miles to drive to Cone Peak trail head and I could have finished it.

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closed
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail started off good despite the overgrown trails as most of the incline of the trail is done in the first 3 miles. Going back down the mountain was a different story...most of the trail is overgrown and filled with endless amounts of ticks. The trail map led us onto a private road where an individual threatened to shoot us for being were we didn’t belong. I would recommend not doing this full trail and just turning around and coming back the way you came up once you reach the top. Hike on the private property at your own risk

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