We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights

It's the view. Really. You have to catch your breath and take it all in. Something to see. It's a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
North Palm Beach, Florida
Beautiful view and some history

Worthwhile visit to this overlook pathway. You can get a panoramic view of the Dana Point Harbor... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
San Gabriel, California
Read all 40 reviews
All photos (68)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“amber lantern”(3 reviews)
“santa clara”(2 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Santa Clara Ave, Violet Lantern to Amber Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Dana Point
from $65.00
More Info
Reviews (40)
Filter reviews
40 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews amber lantern santa clara beautiful walk dana point harbor nature center hide statue arches plaques gazebo history ruins thrower depression project developers messing
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 40 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

It's the view. Really. You have to catch your breath and take it all in. Something to see. It's a one of a kind something you will not soon forget. Great to walk down the trail on the bluff. Very cool. Great to check out....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Randy2353
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Worthwhile visit to this overlook pathway. You can get a panoramic view of the Dana Point Harbor and read the history of the cliff area. Look for plaques and a statue.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank travel4CF
Reviewed July 10, 2018

This outlook is a part of a lengthy trail along the bluff. One can begin at Strands Beach and hike through the community up the switchback path to the Nature trails and over the top of the hill to the Nature Center, from there down...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank William S
Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

Enjoy the harbor areas, then drive up to this bluff trail for many stunning photo spots! This is a billion dollar ocean view!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 142SusanR
Reviewed April 14, 2018

Southern California coastal bluff-top views like the ones afforded from this trail more often than not require ownership of a multi-million dollar home or pricey condo. Bravo to Dana Point for insisting that a developer, in a classic California compromise between commerce and community, create...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank William M
Reviewed March 15, 2018

Begin the trek near the "Ken Sampson Overlook" (pretty spectacular in itself) which is near the Dana Point Inn. We liked this point for the amazing views, the tranquility, and the gazebo which, unfortunately, is currently not accessible due to soil movement. Follow your nose...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed February 7, 2018

The walkway and steps leads you up and down along the bluffs as you enjoy spectacular views of the harbor below and discover a landmark statue that memorializes the transfer of hides from the cliffs to the traders and ships below for sales and export..

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Henry D
Reviewed January 23, 2018

A brief easy walk on the clifftop with outstanding views of the harbour and ocean. Only found out about it from TripAdvisor. Does involve steps.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank mjh672016
Reviewed October 22, 2017

this is a very nice cliff side walk that offers great views; it is not strenuous at all and is more of a scenic sidewalk than a trail. if you want some great views of the harbor and the ocean this is definitely a good...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ontheroadforgci
Reviewed August 23, 2017

Like all the beach overlooks, Bluff Top Trail is gorgeous. It is short, so even non-athletic people have no excuse not to get out of the car and see for themselves. Be sure to consider the statue of the Hide Drogher and learn a little...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank grip652
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 12 nearby hotels
Dana Point Marina Inn
406 reviews
.51 miles away
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
1,498 reviews
.61 miles away
Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel
716 reviews
.76 miles away
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
2,580 reviews
1.18 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 149 nearby restaurants
Luciana's Ristorante
485 reviews
.21 miles away
The Shwack Beach Grill
348 reviews
.11 miles away
The Little Kitchen Asian Cafe
106 reviews
.30 miles away
Coastal Kitchen
112 reviews
.27 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 76 nearby attractions
Dana Point Harbor
963 reviews
.58 miles away
Baby Beach
134 reviews
.31 miles away
The Pilgrim
44 reviews
.54 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
November 6, 2015|
Response from yogiacomo | Reviewed this property |
It all depends where you start and finish. If you just do the bluff, then it's less two miles. Lots of options, easy, and great views.