hiking

nature trips

walking

birding

views

no dogs

forest

kid friendly

wildlife

CLOSED TRAILS: Pfeiffer Falls, Oak Grove Trail and the Pine Ridge trails. OPEN TRAILS: Gorge, Mount Manuel, Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path. 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
10 days ago

Decent outing- wouldn’t be the trail that I recommend. Waterfall section is closed and this could’ve improved experience.
Trail gets really narrow, rocky and moderately steep in some spots. It’s a turn-around so traffic gets tight in these spots. Would not recommend it with kids.
The view at the top is pretty (expansive view of redwoods), but the trail itself wasn’t interesting.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful landscape at the bottom- next to a creek. Hike (mid-way up) is pretty and serene- very cool (temp), shaded and lush.
When you get to the loop- you can go left or right: left side (uphill) seems to be more at a gradient, while right side (uphill) seems to be a steeper climb.
The view at the top was ok- the hike up was more interesting.

Gorgeous views but can be steep

on Valley View Overlook

14 days ago

nice walk with lovely Redwoods at the bottom the highlight for me. waterfall section closed.

Beautiful redwoods at base, okay view at top

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail for hiking! Winter is not a good Season, because of more water in the creak.

hiking
20 days ago

1 month ago

Great scenic trail along the river redwoods

Beautiful scenery at bottom and along hike. Ok view at top.

Great short, high yield hike with beautiful view at top.

on Manuel Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Long, steep climb, but the views are worth it at the top! Parts of the trail have been washed out recently - passable, but you have to pick your away across some tricky bits. The top third of the trail is also not very well cleared. I recommend long pants and sleeves.

Did a two-nighter out there a while back. Backpacked to one of the campsites a couple miles away from the hot springs and then hiked up to the springs the following day. Hot springs were nothing too impressive, but the hike up was really beautiful with just the right amount of elevation for a good workout.

on Buzzards Roost Trail

1 month ago

Great short workout/hike. Nice view of the mountains and then the ocean at the top.

Beautiful hike with great views, a passage in the forest for some shade and a perfect steady uphill slope.
Would recommend to anyone. Took 3h up and down at a fast pace.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views at the top of both the ocean and the mountain tops. End of November and the temperature was absolutely perfect. We went up pretty fast in 1h45 and down in about 1h15 half running half walking.

For parking, it’s either right at the trailhead for $10 or on highway 1 for free with about a 1 mile walk to the trailhead.

Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautifully Brutal.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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.

Load More