Looking for a great trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest 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 0.7 to 2.5 miles and from 216 to 613 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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21 days ago

This was a pretty nice hike and one of the few options for a lengthy hike out of the park. It's a pretty steady climb but nothing to crazy. There are a few sections that are slightly washed out but you can manage them, just be careful. There's some beautiful views, especially when you start to round the corner and catch the mountain range. That being said, I wasn't able to finish this hike, we had to turn back about .5 mile from the peak, the reason for that was due to a mountain lion. We hiked this on Saturday, January 19th and got near the peak around 11am. My friend I was with was out in front and encountered it. He heard some noise nearby and then heard the sound of the growl from the mountain lion. We opted to turn back at that point. I'd highly recommend the hike as its got great views but be aware of your surroundings and likely hike in a group. There's a sign at the trailhead regarding mountain lions so, just be sure to take it seriously as it seems to be a pretty remote wilderness. Enjoy!

hiking
24 days ago

$10 day fee to access. Started at 2:30 in the afternoon and got to the peak at 4:00. It was a climb, but manageable. The trail was washed out at some points and overgrown much of the second half, but still worth the views along the way and at the top! Wanted to stay at the top for sunset, but decided against it as it was getting dark fast. Back to the parking lot by 5:30.

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blowdown
muddy
26 days ago

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blowdown
muddy
26 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this over the summer. It was cool hiking through the forest, but this is definitely one you should start early in the day. My group started this in the afternoon, and it was hot and humid. The top had very little shade, but it offered a cool view point.

hiking
30 days ago

I paid the $10 parking and started the hike at 8:30am. I hydrated before I got started and did not bring any water (not recommending this, rather just stating its possible without in January). Parts of the trail towards the top were overgrown but nothing major, long pants is desired as I did have to pull a couple ticks off me. The view from the top is stunning, wished I spent more time reflecting but I did relax about a half hour, then made my decent down. I made it back to the car around 12:45. I usually do like to do the same hike twice but I will make an exception here!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

2 months 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
2 months 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

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Beautifully Brutal.

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2 months 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
3 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
4 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
4 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.

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