Pfeiffer Ridge–Bluff Loop long loop Bluffs Trail–Panorama Trail–Ridge Trail

Big Sur, California 93920

Pfeiffer Ridge–Bluff Loop long loop Bluffs Trail–Panorama Trail–Ridge Trail

Pfeiffer Ridge–Bluff Loop (long loop) Bluffs Trail–Panorama Trail–Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This long loop hike circles the western side of Andrew Molera State Park through a diverse cross-section of landscapes that include coastal bluffs, isolated beach coves, forested stream canyons, redwood forests, overlooks, meadows, and a river crossing. The trail travels across the flat marine terrace for two miles, then climbs up Pfeiffer Ridge at the south park boundary to sweeping views of the coast and mountains. The trail descends along the ridge through oak forests, massive redwood groves, and open grasslands. Throughout the hike are vistas of the Big Sur coastline. The Big Sur River flows through Andrew Molera State Park and empties into the Pacific at Molera Beach. This near-level hike parallels the east bank of the Big Sur River along the Bobcat Trail, meandering through redwood groves and lush carpets of ferns. The trail crosses small seasonal streams and loops through two meadows."

More Pfeiffer Ridge–Bluff Loop (long loop) Bluffs Trail–Panorama Trail–Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This relatively easy hike loops through the heart of Andrew Molera State Park, from the Big Sur River to a ridge with wonderful views of the coastline. The trail climbs 570 feet, winding in and out of shady live oak glens and grassy coyote brush slopes, to Pfeiffer Ridge (Molera Ridge). From the ridge are 360-degree panoramic views of the crenelated coastline, Point Sur, the Big Sur River canyon, Mount Manuel, and Pico Blanco. The path follows the ridge, the backbone of Andrew Molera State Park, then returns back through Creamery Meadow."

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Trail Information

Big Sur
Nearby City
9
Distance
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
Andrew Molera State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Big Sur
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Oct 2018