beautiful trail!

hiking
scramble
10 days ago

It is a beautiful trail but it is extremely steep, as other people have mentioned. Had to turn around halfway because I did not feel safe going all the way down. It is really dry right now so the ground is not compact, making slipping very easy.

It’s closer to easy than moderate - but absolutely gorgeous. Lots of shady forest mixed with ocean views.

walking
13 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail, kid friendly. Hope the following helps: The trail we found actually starts on the beach, so you park in the parking lot and walk on the beach and as you walk towards the cliffs (walking on the beach) you see a trail that goes up and start there. It is a easy trail, biggest issue I saw is the roots of the trees (tripping) and the incline to walk up (start/end) for kids and anyone with issues, and the cliffs. you will never get to close to the cliff but letting kids run around at some parts may make you anxious. There is little "hidden" trails off the main trail where you can get a beautiful view (going through the brushes and branches) BUT you will be closer to the cliff and that is where you don't do it or watch your footing. It is nice. one side you see ocean and cliffs and the other side of you looks like the forest. the tunnel of trees is beautiful then after that you see more wildflowers. aside from the incline up from the beach to the trail it's pretty much flat for the most part.

hiking
25 days ago

One of my favorite North Coast trails!! I hesitate to share this but if you take a trail off the main trail, in the cathedral of trees, you can hike down to the beach for your own private beach. There are caves and wildlife. Just make sure you check for elephant seals before venturing down. If you see their sliding trails DO NOT GO.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Very easy and gorgeous views... so relaxing ! Great for all ages.

hiking
closed
private property
1 month ago

Trail and pier are closed due to Corona so we checked out the beach instead. Beautiful cove like beach with fine sand and shade by the pier. Looks popular with locals so we left due to 6ft issues. Park rangers greeted us at the entrance asking us to remember social distance. Well maintained park/beach/parking. Can’t wait to come back when everything is open!

on Redwood Gulch [CLOSED]

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful short hike in, two small waterfalls, quite a few redwoods. Very kid friendly.

hiking
private property
2 months ago

Beach and tree tunnels. Beautiful views. Nice out and back about 3.5 miles we did till it rain out.

This is just a part of the hike that I did. I should have recorded the hike so that I could have had the info added to All Trails. But if you want a longer hike with more Northern Elephant Seal sightings then Go to my ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Trip Report for info, story, pics and video. GO TO: https://nocalhikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/boucher-trail/

There is a washout of the trail. It was a beautiful walk I am just not up to the work required to get across the washout. I could see the trail on the other side.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful vistas, we looked for whales! Easy walking

Narrow catwalk up into the woods above the ocean. Perfect vantage point for whale watching on your way back down - i saw one today. I continued on to villa creek camp - water is flowing!

Short easy run and who doesn’t love seals?

hiking
3 months ago

Great beach to ridge trail. Steep cliff type areas so hold onto your kids. Cool little forest as well. Part of the trail looks like a tunnel of trees. It is an out and back trail however, I made it a loop trail by cutting across a large meadow after going round the point. I'll upload a pic. It shaved about a mile off the total distance.

Started at Salmon Creek parking area and headed towards Buckeye Camp. Really wanted to make a loop out of todays hike. Was hopeful that I could hang a right at the fork showing a trail towards Soda 2 then junction with Silver Peak trail. Went bushwacking essentially once off Buckeye trail. AllTrails can be misleading when wanting to explore options. I managed to get to an area where, on the map, shows a camp spot.....pretty much followed a game trail and hacked my way through the trees just to get to that. Weird thing was...I did see some tracks from a pair of Van shoes....whoa...! vans...OK..... any way...I did stop and talk to some over-nighters a little earlier on the trail and they said there were a few adventurous people camping up on the plateau......Maybe this was the trail to the plateau????? so...I was bummed..was looking forward to a killer loop potential....I was pretty scratched up and hopes were battered but eventually scrambled back down to Buckeye trail to continue on to the trail midway between the Cruikshank intersection and the vantage point where the Camera is shown on the map. (See Ann's comment below)This was a pretty cool spot....probably not a designated place to spend the night but definitely potential for a small tent with shelter from the wind.....great view as the camera would lead you to believe. Anyway....Will try to connect the dots next weekend from the Cruikshank side and maybe exp;ore a little from this route....See ya there...

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best trails I’ve hiked in CA as far as work to reward-it’s an easy walk and the views are spectacular. We went at sunset and it was truly fantastic. You’ll see elephant seals, protected coves, pink skies, crashing waves, windswept cypress, tree tunnels, hanging moss, gliding birds etc. We took the highlighted trail to the turn around point...on the way back we climbed through brush and took a more makeshift path along the beach cliffs (the way is cleared although you’ll have to improvise a bit). I’m sure this trail gets overlooked since it’s so close to Big Sur and Moonstone Beach in Cambria...that’s a mistake-this one is not to be missed!

did this again, and went 1 mile toward Buck Camp and the overlook was amazing. look for the camera on Alltrails

The seals were out in full force this weekend! Lots of males, females, and pups moving around and making noise! Lots of people enjoying the view on the main viewing platforms, didn’t have an issue with ticks in the main viewing area.

hiking
5 months ago

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hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Great they laid wood planks for the wet sections Not much at the last cove but did the home for the exercise. Some good shots of other clusters of seals away from the super crowded main rookery over look

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous views. Great hike for kids.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Did this on Boxing Day. Too close to the highway for my taste. Skirts few overlooks for elephant seal rookeries. Which is the highlight of the trail. Since this was later December, we could see many seals - bulls sparring, females sleeping, few babies too. The lighthouse itself is closed for walk-ins.

hiking
private property
5 months ago

Highly recommend this trail any time of the year. We hiked on 12/26 and the weather was great. Windy, but the bluffs provide cover. Found a “secret” cove with tidal pools and pristine beach that no one had walked on. Flat elevation except hiking the bluff. Easy hike for all ages. There was a good rain the previous day so had to cross a talk stream on the way out. Chose not to cross it on the way back and just jumped the private Sebastian fence. Can’t wait to come back. Can’t beat the beauty.

The trail is at least a mile and half longer than what is stated, 13 is close to what I measured. The trail is beautiful with numerous campgrounds. The climb and descent on this trail are the hardest part in my opinion, next time I come to this area I’m definitely camping and not doing it in a single day.

Lots of Sun exposure the 1st mile with steep switchbacks. The views are amazing. After 1 mile you are in trees the rest of the way. The oaks r gorgeous the redwoods r gorgeous there is even a freak eucalyptus grove at the top by the picnic table. Awesome fau

Slides from 2 years ago and handled. Little water on way down from Lion Den but some.

hiking
6 months ago

I love this hike! You walk along the San Simeon Bay beach for a short distance and the trail branches off to your right up a hill. It follows the bluff all the way to the point and turns right. There are two parallel trails after you turn right. One goes though a magical tunnel of trees and the other right along the cliff next to the ocean. There are several openings in the dense tree line that allow access to the bluff trail. Some of the bluff trail is being washed away so be careful if you choose this route.

This trail was.....ok. I believe if you follow the red line to a T, it takes you well past Upper Cruickshank Campground and on your way to Villa Campground (not worth the extra 300-400 feet of decline/incline, unless you are really camping there). I also tried going to the right at the Upper Campground sign because of the photo point shown, but there was no photographic overlooks at that point, so I recommend skipping it. Unfortunately for me, there was major cloud cover that day so i was unable to see the sweeping vista views of the shore/water. Kind of a meh trail compared to others I did in the area, but definitely a great workout!

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