Hike the Bluff Trail Loop

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The Bluff Trail Loop is an 8.2 mile hike in Andrew Molera State Park, featuring a river and scenic ocean views.

The Bluff Trail Loop is a relatively tough hike, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts. There is very little shade on the trail until you are about 2/3 of the way up. When you are about a mile from the top, you will reach a redwood forest. You will pass by two beautiful beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for mountain lions and deer! 

Make sure to bring enough water and perhaps some trekking poles. The trail is open year-round but can be treacherous after heavy rains. 

Start in the parking lot, take the beach trail down to the coast, then loop back up via the ridge trail. You can camp at Andrew Molera State Park!

Photos: MattGary DenhamKelly Deluded and J Degenhardt


8.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1601 ft Gain




Fitness, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Hiking

Easy Parking

Nearby Lodging

From $176/night

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

1186 San Andreas Road

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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