Ewoldsen Trail [CLOSED]

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Ewoldsen Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

6.2 miles
2103 feet



nature trips






no dogs

You've got your old growth redwood forest, scrub landscapes, sweeping canyon and ocean views, and a nice bit of elevation gain. If you only have one day to see the sites, this trail is a good complement to the McWay Falls trail that also starts from the same parking area.

14 days ago

Has anyone done this hike while CLOSED?

22 days ago

thanks Liz H. Appreciate the info. Any plans to repair? I am already planning a visit back to the area. Would love to know if it will be an option?

1 month ago

I work for parks in the Big Sur sector and I can tell you that this trail is closed because sections of it are gone. You will lose the trail very quickly. Please don’t ignore ‘AREA CLOSED’ signs. They are there for a good reason! Happy trails.

1 month ago

Even though this trail is closed, has anyone done this and gotten away with it?

2 months ago

This is a question for Angela below. Did the hike get washed out or are they being too restrictive with the closure in your opinion. I love this hike and want to do it over christmas break. Thanks!

2 months ago

Steep, steady, and unrelenting incline on the way up which makes the stunning coastal and forest views all the more worth it.

2 months ago

We were here today and still closed as are many inland hikes. Looks like months before they get to it. There are many plces washed out...

3 months ago

We were there today 10/31/17 - and trail was closed. Really wanted to hike it anyway - so beautiful - not sure why it’s closed - bummer!!

4 months ago

Wish i knew the answer to your question. I am driving up from socal and would love to do this trail. On the ca.gov website it shows closed but I bet there are many ppl ignoring those signs.

4 months ago

I see a lot of people reviewing this trail recently. Is it closed or can we access it?

4 months ago

Beautiful trail!

5 months ago

The hike was difficult but totally worth it. We took our time taking in all the sites.

6 months ago

April 2016. One of the best hikes I've ever done. The mix of terrain, scenery, and wildlife was incredible. Redwoods, brooks, wildflowers, condors, and ocean were all a part of our day.

7 months ago

My favorite hike so far! Vast nature ... trees are amazing and suddenly hiking up it all opens up and you see out into the pacific ... breathtaking!

10 months ago

One of my all time favorite hikes. Very lush and beautiful forest in the beginning with a decent trek uphill, but once you crest you get to see beautiful ocean views, the top of all the trees and even a grassy hill side to relax on. Worth the time and effort.

11 months ago

In my opinion, one of the all-time great hikes in CA. Lots or views of the ocean once you get about half way up (on ocean side of circular loop). Very peaceful hike, can spend hours on top. I've done this hike approximately 10 times. Takes about an hour to get up. Love the Big Sur coast. I believe I've seen this hike called strenuous. But it's not really that strenuous. We've take our kids up it a number of times!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Completed this trail for my birthday in May of 2016. Weather was absolutely beautiful, hot but still great. Decently challenging hike! Also right by McWay Falls so make sure you check that out while you are there as well!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great trail- would recommend this over Yosemite any day! Redwoods and ocean!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Beach views and redwoods? Winning. Definitely got my heart going. Lots of uphill. Loved it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Awesome hike- prepare to feel the burn! Bring water and don't bother attempting this in jeans.

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