Overlook Trail to McWay Falls and Saddle Rock

EASY 131 reviews

Overlook Trail to McWay Falls and Saddle Rock is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from September until December.

1.1 miles
150 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips






no dogs

This short hike will give you some of the most stunning views in all of Big Sur for the least amount of effort. The 1-mile out-and-back hike leads you to a trail on the cliffs along the coast. At the viewpoint you can see McWay Falls pouring down on the sandy beach below in McWay cove.

14 days ago

16 days ago

Very easy hike to see a beautiful view. Cool for stopping by.

25 days ago

1 month ago

Saw whales! More of a stroll - effort exerted to avoid crowds on Saturday of long weekend

3 months ago

A real beauty, super short opportunity to see a beautiful little cove with a waterfall, with very little effort. If you’re looking for a nice hike with some distance, this isn’t it. But for gorgeous pictures and views, this one is hard to beat.

NOTE: Cell service along the PCH around Big Sur is basically nonexistent. Do all your research first, because your phone won’t help you with navigation in getting to the park.

3 months ago

Short trail but incredible end

4 months ago

Super easy trail and short. Million dollar views, we couldn't take a bad picture.

5 months ago

Bucket List quality view. Must see.

6 months ago

Stunning views - very easy, recommend it after coming from Ewoldsen Trial

Couple years ago

9 months ago

Breath taken beautiful,easy walking in traffic.

9 months ago

McWay Cove and McWay Falls are two of the most beautiful parts of the Big Sur Coast of California. Located along scenic Highway 1, it is worth getting out of your car and taking a look. You will never forget it.

9 months ago


10 months ago

The description reads true: This short hike will give you some of the most stunning views in all of Big Sur for the least amount of effort.

The views truly are spectacular, but this isn't a true "hike" at all. The view alone deserves 5 stars, but the "hike" wouldn't merit a rating.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

wow just wow. This made my lucky number 50 of 50 waterfalls in 365 days wanderlust list. My husband found this one for me during the planning of an epic oregon-california road trip. It is quite beautiful given it dumps into the ocean one of only 3 i believe in the US. You cannot get to the beach or bottom of the falls. It is more a view from above and across . The views are postcard worthy. epic. flip flop type walk no special gear needed just some water.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Very pretty falls. Water colors are brighter blue than expected. Could not hike the trail as state had closed the park for fire hazard.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Short hike but is on everyone Instagram. When do ever see a waterfall that leads into the ocean

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Short, easy walk. Overlook is well worth it!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Love this easy easy hike with great views. Limited parking and lots of people on the trail.

Monday, August 08, 2016

short hike, but well worth the trip. Beautiful views!

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