Overlook Trail to McWay Falls and Saddle Rock

EASY 82 reviews

Overlook Trail to McWay Falls and Saddle Rock is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from September until December.

1.1 miles 230 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

This short hike will give you some of the most stunning views in all of Big Sur for the least amount of effort. The 1-mile out-and-back hike leads you to a trail on the cliffs along the coast. At the viewpoint you can see McWay Falls pouring down on the sandy beach below in McWay cove.

walking
1 month ago

wow just wow. This made my lucky number 50 of 50 waterfalls in 365 days wanderlust list. My husband found this one for me during the planning of an epic oregon-california road trip. It is quite beautiful given it dumps into the ocean one of only 3 i believe in the US. You cannot get to the beach or bottom of the falls. It is more a view from above and across . The views are postcard worthy. epic. flip flop type walk no special gear needed just some water.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty falls. Water colors are brighter blue than expected. Could not hike the trail as state had closed the park for fire hazard.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Short hike but is on everyone Instagram. When do ever see a waterfall that leads into the ocean

hiking
3 months ago

Short, easy walk. Overlook is well worth it!

3 months ago

Love this easy easy hike with great views. Limited parking and lots of people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

short hike, but well worth the trip. Beautiful views!

walking
4 months ago

Short, but absolutely breath taking!

4 months ago

Beautiful!! Very short hike with amazing views and historical history. A must see if you are driving through Big Sur.

walking
4 months ago

Great for sightseeing

4 months ago

Awesome

4 months ago

We just did the short walk from the car to the view of the falls - so not really a hike. I would have liked to explore more of the trails - will do that next time. The view is definitely worth the stop. We just parked on the road.

walking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Easy, short and family friendly trail with amazing McWay Fall . Good for a family short stop.

5 months ago

5 months ago

McWay falls gets 5 stars purely for the view. Short walk to a crowded look out. Definitely a photographer's paradise.

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Easy trail with a gorgeous view! May be rough if you're afraid of heights. 3 different ways to get to the waterfall overlook. Park on the side of the road and walk down a tiny hill to the trail or park inside the parking lot for $10. 2 trails to chose from once you're inside the parking lot. Take the 1/4 trail down the stairs or the 1/2 mile flat trail which is stroller and wheelchair accessible. It's more like a short walk rather than a hike