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* PFEIFFER BIG SUR State Park is open. Trails that are open to the public include: Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path. Pfeiffer Falls, Pine Ridge, Gorge and Mt. Manuel trails are CLOSED due to hazardous conditions. Group Camp is closed and not available for reservation until further notice. A shuttle service is available to visitors who park at Andrew Molera State Park and wish to hike up the Community Bypass Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. See the California State Parks' press release for more details. Follow on Facebook for more up-to-date information. BIG SUR LODGE is open. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el país grande del sur", "the big country of the south". The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile (5,155 feet/1571 m) above sea level, only three miles (4.8 km) from the ocean.

Great, classic Big Sur trail. I recommend for anyone. I created a Big Sur scented candle inspired by this beautiful place. Check it out :) https://muskytrails.com/shop/woodsy-candles/big-sur/

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

A great hike. The SP web site says it's closed now (Feb 2018). Does anyone know if that's a seasonal closure and it will be open again in the summer, or if it's more long-term?

This trail is closed indefinitely-lots of mudslide damage.

Closed till further notice. All trails should update asap. #cobrahikingclub

Nice hike to the top

1 month ago

The view is ok, hike is moderate as expected.

2 months ago

Pretty hike starting in the redwoods and ascending steeply into oaks. The waterfall trail is closed so it’s a quick 2 mile in and out trail.

2 months ago

Take the “hard” (right) route, it’s shaded for the way up with gorgeous forest. The vista at “summit” is not particularly noteworthy, but the trees and air are worth the walk.

2 months ago

Great trail if you're looking for a quick and fairly easy hike in Big Sur. We were running out of daylight so we chose this trail. We reached the top of the overlook right as the sun was setting. Wasn't crowded at all, we did it November 11th and the weather was perfect!

2 months ago

Pfeiffer Beach is open as of mid-October 2017! Beautiful but usually very busy during peak season (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

It is a good hike steep uphill and loop back down to rest and have lunch by the little river.

Just hiked this yesterday... awesome view from the top. Has decent traffic even though it is supposedly closed.

Nice at the top

Nice trail. Beautiful at the top

5 months ago

Just hiked this trail this weekend. I would rate this as moderate, there are some inclines that will have you huffing and puffing. A tip a park worker gave was to take the route to the left first and get the hard stuff out of the way. The way down was so much easier! Don't forget to stop by the creek to dip your tired feet in the cold stream water!

Open Labor day weekend. Beautiful scenery, steep but not much of an ocean view.

Loved this hike - had to cut down the stream to the springs once you got there. Definitely felt crowded, this was on a weekday in 2011.


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