Bluff Top Trail a whale-watching favorite

When you want a moody and at times dramatic winter hike, Bluff Top Coastal Access Trail at The Sea Ranch is your trail. Wind-swept headlands, jagged shorelines, pounding waves, and tunnels of leaning cypress groves all make this trail an invigorating choice. The Highway 1 drive to The Sea Ranch is always gorgeous — and feels like an adventure in itself — and the travel distance means Bluff Top and the other Sea Ranch public access trails are some of our most secluded. The route skirts the coastal bluffs, offering far-reaching views of the Pacific Ocean. This creates a prime whale-watching opportunity in the winter, so bring your binoculars.