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WE started out on this hike on a Saturday in mid August so it was very crowed with people. I can deal with that but what caused us to abort the hike was the noise from both the highway below and a construction site nearby. The hike itself is nice but there are better options in the area even on the weekend

Agree with Chris S. Did this when it was closed today. Had to literally crawl through branches at some points but was doable (I'm 6ft and was wearing a backpack). Very much worth the scratches.

Awesome hike..

Not really a hike and personally think the view is SLIGHTLY over rated.

I backpacked this trail with family early in 2018. The trail was gone, fallen into disuse after the 2017 el nino, and the 2016 soberanes fire. despite GPS unit and maps, trail was far less than a deer trail, and dozens of fallen trees, brush, etc made it nearly impossible to follow. it may be in better shape by now, but I doubt it. fyi I live in big sur, and am used to some bushwhacking, but this was extreme...

Really beautiful hike. Good workout and nice views at the top!

The beach is a beautiful crescent, very scenic, and seeing the very small waterfall splashing directly onto the beach is an unusual sight. But on the downside, you can’t actually get down to the beach to see it up close, and it’s incredibly crowded (we went in late July). The view of the beach from the road is actually better than from the trail, because half of the trail was closed off due to instability of cliff face. There is a huge logjam of people at the place where the trail is closed. The walk from trailhead to turnaround is less than 10 min. Don’t even bother with the day use parking, it’s always full. There is ample parking on road, but make sure you don’t cross the white line at side of lane. Two rangers were out giving tickets to any car that was parked over the line. Access the trailhead from the entrance to day use parking. You cross under the road through a short tunnel. Note that there is no cell service in Big Sur so download local maps in advance.

Did this cool little hike from Fernwood Resort

It’s not a hike, more like a walk but my goodness is it beautiful and worth the stop!

Good loop

Nice hike, we went CCW which was steep at times going up.

Super fun and definitely worth the view! Tougher than it seems but if you’re an active person you won’t have problems

Great hike, go clockwise!

Great views of the coast! Super easy walk! Loved it! (Definitely not a hike)

Easy walk to the beach and spectacular beach yet super super windy

Easy trail with plenty of shade. Stay on the trail, otherwise you will run into a lot of poison oak.

Lovely trail, too bad it burned. Hope to go back soon to see how the forest is recovering. We camped at Barlow Flats and it was perfect...

Agree with previous reviewer; this is more a short walk on a dirt road to the falls than a hike. Most of the trail was closed when I went on it. Fine enough if you're passing through but nothing special to make a specific trip out.

This isn't really a hike so much as a quick walk from the car to an overlook point. Still awesome! Amazing view and 100% worth it.

Good birding. Nicely wooded. Nice views at the top. Saw warblers, woodpeckers, brown creepers and more.

Beautiful trail with varied trees. Nice view at the top. Path is pretty smooth.

This was one of my favorite hikes while living in California. With that said, the crowds had clearly taken a toll, so I'm actually hoping the closure means it will be relatively inaccessible for a considerable time. This place needs time to heal.

The Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes is closed indefinitely. Locally we hear 2-5 years. While this is a bummer for everyone, please understand that Sykes and the backcountry of Big Sur deserves a much needed break. For years, Sykes got crushed. Damming, Trash, Fire, and Destruction were the norm. Im not an Environmentalist, Conservation No one should be in the Backcountry Purists. I am a local Big Sur resident who advocates for the backcountry, because she has no voice. The Volunteer Wilderness Rangers are out on patrol, and if necessary can call USFS to escalate. There are many other trails listed here on this site. You can get into the backcountry, but for a while, it cannot be through the Pine Ridge Trail. lovebigsur.com

Has anyone gone on this trail while closed??

Love this hike!

2 months ago

Nice quick loop. View at top was slightly ruined by roads and telephone wires

Great hike with moderate hiking uphill. Small amounts of ticks and other bugs but very little considering the elevation and temperature at the time. About 2 and a half hours total with gorgeous views the entire way up, down, and around. Good flat spot at the top to eat and gain some energy back before the hike back down.

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