Hike the Waters Ridge Trail

San Francisco Ewoldsen Trail

Added by Tori Marsh

Situated on a cliff above Highway 1, the Waters Ridge Trail offers spectacular views of the rugged coast and soaring condors. This hike above the clouds is a small detour off of the Ewaldson Trail, and is a must see!

Access the Waters Ridge Trail from the Ewoldsen Trail, located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Although steep, this path is fairly short, and rewards you with spectacular views at the top. 

About halfway around the Ewoldsen Trail Loop, you'll come across a turnoff on the right, with a sign demarcating the Waters Ridge Trail. Climb up the side of the hill, and you will be rewarded with exceptional views. This is a great way to supplement the Ewoldsen Trail, and get some unparalleled photos of the coast, above the clouds. Don't forget to look out for the California Condors!

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots or Trail Shoes
  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2100 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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3 months ago

One Of My Absolute favorite trails!

The beginning has several switchbacks that may leave you winded but it is so worth it. Once I reach the loop, I usually go to the left. The trail meanders through the canyon to a beautiful view of the ocean. The best time is late April/early May when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Be sure to take the trail up to the view point once you reach the top!! It's easy to pass by as it is not marked. A wonderful place to stop for a snack and enjoy the vastness of the ocean. I've seen a few Condors from up there. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Added by Tori Marsh

Adventurer. Hiker. Photographer. Donut lover.

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