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Had a wonderful day riding bikes and enjoying the beach. Great day!

on Balch Park Trail

18 hours ago

What is marked as a trailhead appears to be on state prison grounds. Has anyone actually done this hike?

Great trail. Several river crossings, so be prepared to get wet!

Second hike in 3 weeks on this trail. First hike was out and back per AllTrails route. Great 7 mile hike. This time I tried an alternate route back down the hill - turned left when Big Rock Trail turned into a fire road about 3/4 of the way up. Alternate route is not advised - turned out to be private land.

Started around 7:30a. Chilly enough to wear my gloves. All that moving heated things up fairly quickly, had to take them off and my sweater about 20 mins into the hike. We went the easier way (counter clockwise).

1 day ago

Greetings Fellow Hikers!
Does anyone know if the access road will be open in the near future? Hoping to head up the weekend of the 27th.

Great hike for kids or dogs but be careful in the warmer months I have been pinned on a trail by a rattle snake over by the point.

Very easy hike. Amazing how dark it is inside. I love introducing people to the cave.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike, even with the fog!

Beautiful coastal beach trail that's easy and open and there's to see of doggies to see!

Perfect place for mothers to bring their young ones for a power walk!

Beautiful views, not very crowded.

1 day ago

This trail can be done in a comfortable pace. Not strenuous. The scenic view of the ocean is EXPECTACULAR. We saw people riding their bikes, walking with their dogs, and some horse poop. The entrance is surrounded by poison ivy. I will not bring a kid here. I wore long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, closed shoes and it helped feel a little safer when entering the trail. This was for about 10mins of walking. It was a great walk and great views. PS this walk was on Dec 2017. I am unsure if fires, mudslide, rain have affected the area after that date.

Hiked this monster yesterday and this trail got my attention BIG TIME. After reading all the previous reviews we (a crew of three hiking ladies) were quite apprehensive...were we ready...will we make it? etc.
We felt prepared. We even bought ourselves trekking poles which, by the way, saved our bacon and I highly recommend for this trail.

The trail starts off being somewhat tame raising our confidence. In fact, it only gets really gnarly about 1/3 mile from the summit. At this point the trail basically disappears but there are green posts indicating the direction and sorta showing you which bolder you have to scramble over or which boulders you need to somehow squeeze between. Well we made it to the top but that last part was not fun. If and when I ever hike this again, I will pass on this last part of the trail and go check out the south face which is supposed to be just like the one in Yosemite (but smaller).

The way back was almost worst. Since we were tired (6 miles already”) it just seems tough. Every time we came upon yet another uphill portion of the hike, we would think “this must be the last one...” but NO. Even though we made better time going back (4 hours in but we were taking our time, and 3.5 back but we were worried about getting locked into the parking lot) it is just as hard.

So here are some recommendations:
1. Do not go on a hot day.
2. Take more water than you think you will need.
3. Trekking poles really help a lot.
4. Give yourself plenty of time.


A nice long loop especially considering the urban area. The trail was mostly flat and almost completely dirt. People walking their dogs, people watering their yards, people out for a nice hike with their families, overall a very pleasant walk.

Great running hike!

Awesome views throughout the hike! It is a very steep and rocky trail. It gave me a good workout. Look for the trail log in a rusted aluminum can once you are at the end of the trail!

Great hike. Lot's of rugged terrain.

The mini walk was cool. The Power House itself is really interesting to check out. There are a few other trails you can walk and those are easy. Overall, it’s a nice way to spend a few hours.

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