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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.

hiking
2 days 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.

Brought the family to go on this trail and it has been closed since 11/2017. Looked like a nice trail, but no date provided to reopen.

hiking
16 days 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.

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.

Trail to the falls was not accessible at this time

hiking
1 month ago

Waterfalls path is closed. “Moderate” walk/hike is not worth the “view” at the top. You’ll see the best redwoods at the bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

Tough!

Foolishly I left a little too late and the sun was beating on me. For most of the trail, it was in direct sunlight with a few clusters of trees desperately needed for shade.

There were one or two places where the trail completely gave out, need to manage a balance beam step or two during this.

Also there was one section early on that had a fork, maybe 10-15 minutes in. I went right since that was the direction with a steeper incline.

Top 3/4 near the summit is overgrown, lots of pokes and scratches.

Decent trail with great view at the top. A few benches scattered near the top to sit and appreciate the view.

Overall a good short hike, but nothing that makes it stand out or special. It's close to the highway so you can hear cars entire time, plus the trail itself is heavily trafficked. The views were nice at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Good, short workout with beautiful view of mountains and ocean at top. Trail is heavily used and worn with many fellow walkers/runners/hikers even on weekday. Close to CA-1 and civilization so don't get that away-from-it-all feeling.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is very badly maintained and completely overgrown for the second half.

hiking
3 months ago

WE started out on this hike on a Saturday in mid August so it was very crowed with people. I can deal with that but what caused us to abort the hike was the noise from both the highway below and a construction site nearby. The hike itself is nice but there are better options in the area even on the weekend

hiking
3 months ago

My friend and I did this hike in mid-August and were not prepared. Normally rangers/guides overestimate heat and difficulty, but that was not the case here. Started at 12:30pm with about 1.5L of water between the two of us, and we basically were fried by the time we reached the false summit. The overgrown nature of the trail and the heat made the hike so brutal (my friend was showing signs of heat exhaustion) it was hard to enjoy the views. I'm sure in another season and with proper preparation, this would have been a really cool hike, but as a 23-year-old experienced hiker (for my age) and former college endurance athlete, I had a tough time. Bring enough water, start in the morning, and really take a close look at how sure-footed you are before attempting this hike.

Awesome hike..

Difficult trail. The trail gets really sketchy around the 2.5 mile marker but the views are beautiful. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water - you'll be in the direct Eastern sun the majority of the time. Really be prepared for a hard climb and feel good in your footing. The trail gets very narrow and overgrown, and in some places there almost isn't a trail at all. Overall it's a great physical challenge, just make sure you're prepared!

Really beautiful hike. Good workout and nice views at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Falls are closed

hiking
3 months ago

Did this cool little hike from Fernwood Resort

Good loop

Nice hike, we went CCW which was steep at times going up.

hiking
4 months ago

The walk took us a little over 1 hour. It's rather easy than moderate we think (and we're beginning hikers). The view at the top is not amazing, but overall we liked the hike.

Super fun and definitely worth the view! Tougher than it seems but if you’re an active person you won’t have problems

Great hike, go clockwise!

Lovely trail, too bad it burned. Hope to go back soon to see how the forest is recovering. We camped at Barlow Flats and it was perfect...

hiking
4 months ago

great early morning hike on 7/4/18! happy birthday America! hike has awesome views when the fog moved around. nice single trail track well maintained for first 2 or so miles then sketchy in spots so watch ur footing. poles recommended and good shoes. fogged out in top but still saw great landscape...red hawks abound as does the poison oak- wear long pants and sleeves..have fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike, wouldn't recommend for families with small children. Lots of folks hiked and had a picnic in a quiet place wish I had taken some food to sit, enjoy the view, and eat. Do this as a first hike if needed in morning. It will warm you up for the day.

Good birding. Nicely wooded. Nice views at the top. Saw warblers, woodpeckers, brown creepers and more.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with varied trees. Nice view at the top. Path is pretty smooth.

This was one of my favorite hikes while living in California. With that said, the crowds had clearly taken a toll, so I'm actually hoping the closure means it will be relatively inaccessible for a considerable time. This place needs time to heal.

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