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Hiked this over the summer. It was cool hiking through the forest, but this is definitely one you should start early in the day. My group started this in the afternoon, and it was hot and humid. The top had very little shade, but it offered a cool view point.

hiking
4 days ago

I paid the $10 parking and started the hike at 8:30am. I hydrated before I got started and did not bring any water (not recommending this, rather just stating its possible without in January). Parts of the trail towards the top were overgrown but nothing major, long pants is desired as I did have to pull a couple ticks off me. The view from the top is stunning, wished I spent more time reflecting but I did relax about a half hour, then made my decent down. I made it back to the car around 12:45. I usually do like to do the same hike twice but I will make an exception here!

hiking
15 days ago

Decent outing- wouldn’t be the trail that I recommend. Waterfall section is closed and this could’ve improved experience.
Trail gets really narrow, rocky and moderately steep in some spots. It’s a turn-around so traffic gets tight in these spots. Would not recommend it with kids.
The view at the top is pretty (expansive view of redwoods), but the trail itself wasn’t interesting.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful landscape at the bottom- next to a creek. Hike (mid-way up) is pretty and serene- very cool (temp), shaded and lush.
When you get to the loop- you can go left or right: left side (uphill) seems to be more at a gradient, while right side (uphill) seems to be a steeper climb.
The view at the top was ok- the hike up was more interesting.

Gorgeous views but can be steep

on Valley View Overlook

19 days ago

nice walk with lovely Redwoods at the bottom the highlight for me. waterfall section closed.

Beautiful redwoods at base, okay view at top

Great beach for photography.

Probably one of the most phenomenal views in the entire US.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful scenery at bottom and along hike. Ok view at top.

Great short, high yield hike with beautiful view at top.

on Manuel Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Long, steep climb, but the views are worth it at the top! Parts of the trail have been washed out recently - passable, but you have to pick your away across some tricky bits. The top third of the trail is also not very well cleared. I recommend long pants and sleeves.

on Buzzards Roost Trail

1 month ago

Great short workout/hike. Nice view of the mountains and then the ocean at the top.

Beautiful hike with great views, a passage in the forest for some shade and a perfect steady uphill slope.
Would recommend to anyone. Took 3h up and down at a fast pace.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views at the top of both the ocean and the mountain tops. End of November and the temperature was absolutely perfect. We went up pretty fast in 1h45 and down in about 1h15 half running half walking.

For parking, it’s either right at the trailhead for $10 or on highway 1 for free with about a 1 mile walk to the trailhead.

Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautifully Brutal.

So beautiful, went last weekend and it was perfect out.

hiking
2 months ago

A very good workout with spectacular views at the top. 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down. 2 litres of water each. A gradual gradient all the way up with views all the way, as you wind around the hills. The upper third is narrow and rough in places but as for any heights concerns, ok ! Lunch at the top was very nice. Good phone reception too ! Highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail I've dont it twice now, I can say that once you get to a the false you'll see the peak to the right, the trail is hidden by brush and the way up to the peak step and footing is tricky. I was able to finish within 6 hours. bring at least 2L of water, technu, and some snacks,l. but boy are you in for a beautiful view.

Breathtaking view especially at sunset. Of course a must on every drive down Hwy 1!

This is a good short hike, but there is nothing special about it. Fortunately the majority of the trail is shaded. I hiked it an early Friday afternoon in late October and there were not too many people.

Very short. $10 fee for parking if you park in the state park parking lot. And once you get to the walkway a large portion of it is closed off which was disappointing because it would be a much better view of the falls if we could go further out on the walkway/viewpoint. With that being said the portion of the walkway that was closed off did look very decrepit. But you’d think with the hundreds of dollars they make per day on parking alone that they’d fix the walkway of one of the most famous sights on Hwy 1 but I digress.
My suggestions would be to park along the highway to save the $10 (or pay and hope they fix the walkway at some point). I also think you may be able to see the falls from the Hwy just north of the parking lot. We missed it yesterday but are planning on stopping there today. It’s just a small turn out off the road but there were many people stopped there taking pictures back towards the direction of the falls.

backpacking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail. Went from H1 to Cone Peak Summit in a day. It was about 12 miles all uphill. Make sure to get water at the first camp because the spring on the San Antonio trail is dry and very overgrown as of October 13, 2018. Great views all the way. I camped on the Firewatch station with my one person ten, the station helped reduced the amount of wind. Don't sleep without a tent, years of people leaving their food/ trash up there has caused a rat problem at night. Other then that I cant wait to go back.

Trail to the falls was not accessible at this time

hiking
3 months ago

Scenery: 3
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 2
Shade: 1

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Amazing view from the road! Unfortunately you can’t take the path all the way down right now but you can walk down a bit and get a different view! It’s easy to miss off the road but it’s across from be Julia Pfieffer State Park sign!

Easy walk to a beautiful beach!

One of my favorite finds driving down Highway 1- the view is absolutely stunning. Wouldn’t consider this a hike since you can park on the side of the road and find a path off the highway to get a better view. You can still see the tiny waterfall from the side of the road should you not want to enter the park or take the path down from the highway (half of the trail is currently closed).

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