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Pescadero Bluffs

A quick stop on a road trip
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  More of a wander than an actual hike, meandering over the southern bluffs and coves at Pescadero State Beach.

Raw and rough during... more »

Tips:  Easy HWY access.

Plenty of restrooms for a stop on a road trip.

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Points of Interest

1. Start

Pescadero has three primary coast access points. This one starts at the central point immediately south of the HWY 1 bridge over the marsh mouth. This walk is more of a wander than a regular point to point trek.

We focused our efforts here to exploring the southern bluffs and coves. The bluffs are alternately grass and iceplant covering highly... More

2. End of Bluff

Various views from the bluff end.

3. Overlooking the Estuary Mouth

Steelhead information and the beach. Looking northward.

4. Looking Northward

5. Southern Bluff

Great views below to the beach coves and rocks below.

6. Beach

We were down shortly after a storm which had washed out much of the sand, leaving behind a cobble beach for most of its length.

The powerful backflow of the receding waves caused hundred of these cobbles to roll, creating an amazing rumble.

7. Beach

8. Middle Bluff

Access down to one of the cove beaches and the short walk along the water to the point defining the northern end of this beach and the rock outcroppings.

9. Middle Bluff

Beach access.

10. Beach

A narrow beach when the tide is in.

11. Beach

Cobbles and driftwood.

12. Point