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Partington Cove is a great, albeit heavily trafficked, easy stop, right off ofthe 1 on the north end of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which offers an introduction to Big Sur’s rugged coastal beauty and charm. There is also a riparian environment here, as the cove serves as one of the steep mountains of Big Sur’s thousands of drainages. Although it is short and good for children, the hike back up is steep. Definitely not the kind of place one would ever get in the water, and be careful of breaking waves if you decide to wander out on the rocks, especially on the far side of the tunnel. There are some great spots to explore, but the ocean is no joke! Keep your wits about you, and always make sure you can get back from where you are venturing out to!

Picturesque hike! Wow.

During snowy conditions, Yaktrax shoe chains are definitely worth it, as it gets pretty icy! You can by them for ~ $25 in the shop in Curry Village.

3 days ago

Amazingly magical place, especially on a nice day after a rainy season. It was just the perfect amount of challenging, and the scenery didn't let you get bored even for a minute. Go early in the morning if you prefer a more secluded hike; after 12pm this trail gets pretty busy (although, not overwhelmingly). Hubby and I actually decided to hike from the start of the Cataract Trail near the lake all the way to the beginning of Rock Springs Trailhead, and we found it to feel more complete. I'd suggest parking at the parking lot near the entrance to Rock Springs Trailhead and then walking all the way until the entrance to Cataract Trailhead. Have fun exploring!

Beautiful this time of year! Great hike and workout.

Love it!! Best to come after the rain !!

4 days ago

Hands down my favorite hike I’ve ever had. If you haven’t you should.

This was a great trail would definitely recommend it.

This one is a butt kicker for sure. Unfortunately I didn’t take my time and ended up with elevation sickness at the top before you reach the last peak. Made it to 10,500. Lots of semi dangerous rock scrambles to get to the top as well but as long as you take your time it’s a very beautiful hike. May lake is gorgeous and the views are pretty amazing. Trail is pretty moderately steady until the last bit up to the top. I will be doing this again this summer only I’ll be sure to take my time as I go.

Amazing nature walk. Cross a river, walk through a meadow, carve some gnarly paths and end up on a wide open beach! It's cold but worth it.

10 days ago

This was a beautiful get away but be prepared to work for it because there are a ton of stairs but mini waterfalls at every corner it was so peaceful me and my friends got there super early in fact first ones in the parking area by the time we left it was flooded with cars

I’ve done this hike without snow & ice & its totally different. Still a great hike, but icy/snowy & slippery in spots. Especially past the base of Vernal Falls. See pics :)

Nice trail even in winter. Yosemite in March is awesome.

Absolutely beautiful! As the previous reviews say, the beginning of the hike is vigorous for roughly 1.5 miles but stunning! I took my dog and she did great, there are a fair amount of stairs so going down was a little harder on her but other than that very dog friendly! We arrived at 7:30am and we're the first hikers out there but by the time we were done 4 hours later the trail/parking area was swamped so head out early and enjoy this beautiful hike by beating the crowd!

Did this in July 2013. Beware of afternoon thunderstorms. Went up about 8am. We started back down about 1100 am with wispy clouds rolling in. Quickly became threatening. Raced down to reach our car as storms began.

So worth the work. Awesome views at the top. Narrow pass at the top but doable..

LOVE it!! Go early in the morning though.

14 days ago

By far my favorite hike I have done. Went when the cables were down and we had the entire summit to ourselves. Car to summit was about 9 to 10 miles (we climbed out to waterfalls, walked around the summit, and did some general exploring along the hike). The views are breath taking and second to none. Would highly recommend this hike to anyone!

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This is one of my favorite trails in the Bay Area. Starting just past the dam at alpine lake, the trail takes you along one of the streams that feed the lake. You gain 1000+ elevation, but the beauty of the cascading water next to you the whole way takes your mind off the work of climbing the stairs and inclines. The trail has many trees to provide shade, and the area has a lot of ferns, moss, and other vibrant foliage to please the eye. To extend the hike, I recommend heading west at laurel dell fire road, cross ridgecrest boulevard, take coastal trail to Matt Davis, then up to pantoll. Take old mine trail to rock spring and head back down cataract trail.

Beautiful views, most of the trail was on an incline, especially towards the end so I would not rate this trail easy.

17 days ago

Scored in the lottery and then had a conflict come up so returned those lottery permits back which gave us good karma as we then scored in the daily lottery for an alternate date. Super fun, super rewarding hike. Didn't even realize how many miles we hiked until we looked at our Apple Watches - time seemed to pass by quickly. The same advice as anyone: bring lots of water and snacks, stay on trail. wear proper shoes and sunscreen. I'm not going to lie, the cables were harder than I had thought. I had an awesome hiking partner that encouraged me to take breaks when needed even on the cables and to catch my breath and that was exactly what I needed. No need to rush - listen to your body especially on the cables. Take breaks and encourage others to do so as well. Everyone on the cables with us were great - we were all taking breaks and motivating each other. It's hard...there are a couple of steps up you have to do while on the cables and for me who is shorter, that was the hardest part of the whole hike...but like I said, breath and be smart and take your time and you will be fine. We started the hike just before 6am and parked right by the trailhead/falls. It was so amazing being in the park while still cool out and no one around. Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls at that time was so peaceful and breathtaking. We didn't need any layers in July - just wore a tank top and shorts the whole way...no poles either. The switchbacks were fine - just like any other hiking switchbacks you encounter. The sub-dome was harder as you are exposed to the sun and tired, but super duper pretty. I took so many photos. Just make sure you eat and drink up before the sub dome but pee ahead of time as you don't wanna get to the top of Half Dome and have to pee - not going to work up there. Then the cables - you see them and you're like "HOLY SHIT" - put on your gloves, drink up, and just do it! It's incredible experience that only a handful of people get to do. Don't rush it...breathe, be smart and you will be fine. Encourage those around you - you guys are all so awesome and at that moment, you are doing something super cool. Go down backwards, high five everyone, look up and say "Hell yeah, we did it!" Then head down for some beers! We did the John Muir Trail down and clocked in around 20 miles total back to the car. I don't remember what time we finished but it was still sunny outside - felt like around Happy Hour time. Yay guys! Have fun! If you have any more questions, I am happy to help - find me at HikerWomen on Instagram. :)

Great hike, lots of climbing but its worth it. Finding a parking spot is little challenging on busy weekends but not bad!

Oh my goodness. This was my first trail at Yosemite and it was incredible. You can’t beat the view from the top of Nevada Falls. Definitely recommend this hike! Just make sure you pack plenty of water!

Nothing to write home about.

Great views and you just feel like you are in the wide open with no one around.

24 days ago

Wonderful trail! Parking is very limited so get there early. Lots of elevation gain but trail is well marked & maintained so take your time and enjoy the surroundings. Absolutely stunning.

Great views all around! The first mile makes for an awesome workout...nothing but climbing!! Would love to live close to some climbs like this so I can do repeats as my evening workouts.
My party followed this route up to the summit then north peak. From there we went on the trail for the Grand Loop Trail.

This is the most amazing trail. You get to hike right next to the water fall, which is beautiful, but prepared to get VERY wet! The steps going up the waterfall are very slippery, so you need shoes with good traction. Also, I would call this trail difficult rather than moderate. Many people were turning back half way up. Definitely worth it though!!

Beautiful hike!!! Well worth the drive! Can’t wait to go back! Bring a towel to dry off your feet at the beginning of the trail (or bring water shoes).

27 days ago

Christine, Charlene, Cal and I started at 5am from the parking lot. Original plan was to backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, but there was so much people during Thanksgiving weekend that it took a long time to get in the park, find parking, order and eat dinner, that we decided to rest and start early next day. Also because the forecast was calling possible snow and for sure cold weather next night, and didn't want to go through the mist trail with ice. Best for use was to do it as day hike. We took small detour to Nevada Fall where we found a guy that spend the night there because he did have a lamp and was not able to come down. Cable were down but we had harnesses and cords to prusik ours self to the cable, which is much safer than going up when cables are up (well, only if you have climbing experience). We were maybe like 10-15 people on the top (half of them a climbing family). Looking up Half Dome, the left cable 3/4 from top had a snag that could damage your prusik cord, so use the right cable just in case.

27 days ago

Make sure you’re out of the gate before 5pm; but if you do get locked in there’s a hole in the chain link fence about 10 meters back that you can crawl through then hop the non-barbed wire fence to the south of the locked gate to get out.

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