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#28 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, forest trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ranging from 0.8 to 2.5 miles and from 216 to 616 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Three are many scenic trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Enjoy the wildlife and many different trees in the park. There is a $10 vehicle fee.

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Map of trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,006 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 (10)
#1 - Buzzards Roost Trail
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Buzzards Roost Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#2 - Valley View Overlook
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Take a nice hike through the redwoods to a stunning view of the Big Sur valley below. *Spur trail to the falls in closed- expected to reopen early 2019.Show more
#3 - Manuel Peak Trail
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 6 h 12 m
Manuel Peak Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking andShow more
#4 - Big Sur River Gorge Trail
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 32 m
Big Sur River Gorge Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#5 - Big Sur Nature Trail
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
Take a short walk along this nature trail to discover some of the native plants and wildlife that surrounds you. The terrain changes dramatically along the trail from bay laurel trees to oaks, to redShow more
#6 - Liewald Flat
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
Liewald Flat is a 1.9 mile loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible yearShow more
#7 - Sykes Hot Springs via Pine Ridge Trail [CLOSED]
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 19.5 mi • Est. 11 h 40 m
NOTE: As of June 2019, this trail and the hot springs are closed indefinitely. Please refer to Ca State Parks website for more information https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29841. Big Sur has many grShow more
#8 - Pfeiffer Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 37 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, this trail is closed. Please check the park website for more information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570Show more
#9 - Big Sur Sykes Hot Springs Extended Loop [CLOSED]
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 33.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note the Pine Ridge Trail and several other trails remain closed in the area as of July 2020. Please see park's official site for the most-up-to-date information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?pageShow more
#10 - Pine Ridge Trail to Post Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
As of July 2019, the Pine Ridge Trail remains closed. Please see official park site for the most up-to-date information: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29841Show more