nature trips






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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.

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

11 days ago

11 days ago

25 days 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!

1 month ago

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.


2 months ago

Really nice trails, well cleared and well marked. Gorgeous waterfall and stunning views! (Edit - I believe it is closed now)

Crowds were getting pretty intense up here before the Fall 2017 fire. Haven't been back since it burnt but used to be one of my favorite places in big sur.

Trail closed 6/10/17

Left 4 stars because it's normally a great hike.