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    Sutro Heights Loop

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    1.0 km
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    5 m
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    The Sutro Heights Loop is a short and scenic shoreline adventure that offers wonderful views of the ocean and the historic Sutro Baths. Once a privately owned saltwater swimming pool complex, the remains at the site are limited to the main pool along the coast.

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    Route Description for Sutro Heights Loop

    Immerse yourself in the history of the Sutro Baths and indulge in the beauty of the California coast along this hike. This wonderful adventure offers a diversity of scenery to please explorers of all sorts. Hikers of all skill levels and ages can wander this route and revel in the views, though it is important to come prepared to share the trail. Those seeking a more secluded adventure are encouraged to head out in the early morning. Note the trail GPS is not necessary but perhaps useful.

    Setting out from the trailhead off Point Lobos Road, follow the path southwest through the coastal prairie. In the spring, you will enjoy the scene of the vibrant wildflowers that line the path as you near the coastal bluff. Eventually, you will encounter an intersection, keep left here, and begin your trek to the Sutro Heights Parapet. Revel in the impressive views of the surging surf crashing onto Ocean Beach below.

    Admire the wonderful scenery, then continue your trek. You will ultimately return to the initial junction, where you will turn left and retrace your footing back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Sutro Heights Loop Trailhead

    Access this hike via the trailhead off Point Lobos Avenue.

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      Yes - On Leash

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