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Actually, its open. And its beautiful. Just walk around the closed gate.

Heat, Height, and Vertigo warning ⚠️
Prudently and honestly assess your abilities before committing to this Trail. It is strenuous, exposed, frequently tick infested, peppered with poison oak, has no water access, is overgrown, sketchy in parts and little better than a goat trail along a precipice past the 1/2 way “Point of No Return.” You must be sure footed and mindful of your feet. If hiking in summer, give yourself an early am start or the brutal heat will be relentless.

If that does not deter you, then you are in for a fabulous treat of wildflowers in spring and stunning mountain ⛰ views of the Coastal Range year round. Experience views of the scenic Big Sur River from virtually an aerial perspective, and contemplate the fire adaptive abilities of CA Native plants as they regenerate underneath burned standing tree sculptures. The false Peak offers 360 views of the Ventana Range and Pt Sur Lighthouse. The actual peak offer views of telecommunications equipment. Skip it.

Great but really HARD ,but it worth it and is a must. Don’t forget which right road is harder

FYI - This trail is not accessible at this time (April 16, 2018). There is a sign at the start of the loop saying it is closed until late 2018. This was a bit disappointing to find, as we were super excited about this hike!

Incredible beach. Hard to get parking so get the early. The sunset through the rock formations in the water is epic. Busy and popular beach but for good reason.

Give it a 4.5 stars. Great hike and work out. The view at the top is a great payoff! The walk along the river at the bottom was a relaxing way to end the hike.

Tried to go yesterday and the trail was closed. You can walk out to a bluff above, still allowing for great photos since it's empty below so I still recommend walking out, but if you're looking to hike down, it is currently closed.

A great short hike with a beautiful view of the valley at the top!

This is a great trail if you're looking for quick elevation gain across ~1.5 miles with beautiful views and little-to-no people. This dirt road segment of the trail is a wide path that only some trucks and ATVs can climb, making it perfect to hike up with large groups. HOWEVER, like others have said, the De Angulo Trail segment was very overgrown with Poison Oak, so I would recommend to be aware and avoid that area until it has been cleared out. We ended up hiking up just the dirt road segment and turning around just a little past the trailhead marker up the hill.

trail running
20 days ago

Very runnable trail in great condition. Walked a couple of steeper descents so as not to wipe out. Nice payoff view at the top!

trail running
20 days ago

Morning trail run before exploring the rest of Big Sur. Bummed that the Pfeiffer waterfall trail was closed but easy run with a view worthy of the effort.

hiking
26 days ago

this trail definitely is hard... and deceivingly so. starts out not so bad, then gets more intricate. very thin trail, constantly uphill, goes through various environments. the views at the peak are incredible, huge mountain ranges covered in beautiful clouds. intense, but if you do it, it's worth it!!!

Nice and easy stroll uphill

Super easy and quick trail w amazing views

Nice little stroll to get the blood flowing and get a nice view

One of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.

First time to this park, visited from out of state. WOW, what a beautiful trail.
We started by walking along the Big Sur River on the River Trail (from parking lot 3) to catch this trail head.
The redwoods, even the ones scorched from the 2016 fires, were stunning. Steady climbing, but not too strenuous. Trail was wet from overnight rains, but didn't feel muddy or slippery. Parts of the trail are pretty narrow, so you need to watch your footing--some steep drop-offs! Saw several banana slugs--bright yellow (hard to miss). We didn't make it all the way to the top for the views--getting too late in the day. Hope to return sometime to do the whole trail and others at this park.

Nice trail. Steep in some spots. can be slick after it rains. Nice views of the valley and out to the ocean.

Awesome view of the falls. Easy hike. Was crowded on a Saturday afternoon as one would expect.

Great views here and only a mile or so to get there from trail entrance

If you want to pay $10 to sit on the beach go ahead.

great trail. lots of switch backs all the way up. Great for kids, not too challenging. We encounter lots of banana slugs. out and back is about an hour or so.

Crowded but sublime.

Crowded... but a very nice, iconic view, definitly worth the stop...very friendly to non athletic types...sidenote: you can just park on the hwy instead of going into the parking lot...fyi

Unfortunately it was very foggy today and thus we could not see the ocean or the waterfall. The walk was a leisurely and lovely ( not sure I would call it a hike). Looking forward to trying it again when the day is more clear!

Beautiful view. As of 1.28.18 the waterfall was blocked off for maintenance.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike to the top

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