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Best trails in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Named after a famous pioneering woman, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park boasts awe-inspiring views of 3,000 foot ridges dropping into the ocean below. This undeveloped area is situated along the east side of Highway 1 in Big Sur, and typically covered in a coastal fog.

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Map of trails in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Park information
Acreage:
3762 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
831-667-1112
Helpful links
Top trails (4)
#1 - Partington Cove Trail
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 41 m
Please note that portions of this trail are open as of March 2019. The Waterfall portion of the trail remains closed. All of trails in the park also remain closed. Please see park website for most up-Show more
#2 - Tanbark Trail and Tin House
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
A strenuous loop into the hills above Big Sur with amazing views along the coast as far as the eye can see. This tough climb away from Hwy1 will reward you with breathtaking views along the Big Sur cShow more
#3 - Overlook Trail to McWay Falls [CLOSED]
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
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 thShow more
#4 - Ewoldsen Trail [CLOSED]
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Please note that as of March 2019, the Ewoldsen Trail remains closed. Please see park's website for the most up-to-date information on trail conditions: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29888 If youShow more