Partington Cove Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length1.1 miElevation gain347 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Note: As of October 2020, this park and its trails may be closed due to wildfires. More information here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=578 A hike down a steep road that will take you over a wooden bride and through a tunnel to a view of the protected Partington Cove. The hike back up the hill will be steep, but is short. There is a lovely quick side trip to a river if you take the path left of the wildlife sign before the bridge. Highly recommend--it's peaceful and secluded, and you can take some time to enjoy the shade and the sound of the water.

The Partington Cove Trail starts at a large pullout in a sweeping bend on the inland side of Highway 1. You can park on either side of the highwayon the west side there is the road down to Partington Cove with a gate at top.

The pullout to park is just 2 miles north of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park turnoff, or 54.6 miles north of the Hearst Castle turnoff. Travelling south on Highway 1, the pullout is 9 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Entrance or exactly 6 miles south of Nepenthe Restaurant.

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Curt Rodda
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Perfect frames view for a sunset!

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Lauren Biglow
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Con gran colina, pero que vale la pena. A big hill, but worth it.

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Sophia Duncan
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Beautiful views. The cove is peaceful and has two sea caves that shoot out seawater when the waves hit it just right. Easy, short walk. Going back up is a good incline.

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Carlos Cortez
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Nice little hike. Straight and to the point. It's a short trail but a bit steep. You can go across a bridge through the tunnel into the cove area, or you can also take another path. This path leads you straight to the beach (all rocks) where you can find a rock to sit on and enjoy the crashing waves. Definitely worth checking out.

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Allen Chuang
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Jean T
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Nice hike, a little hard to find where the trail is because it’s slightly tucked away. Best to come early before large groups of people come because the trail is pretty narrow out to the cove when you’ve reached the trees and have to go through the tunnel and to the rocks.

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Hiking to.health
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Christa Atkins
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One of my favorite trails in Big Sur!

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Shelby Wilt
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Super fun, quicker hike. When you get to the bottom there are 3 ways you can take, to the creek, through the tunnel and to the cove. I highly recommend doing all 3, they’re each pretty in their own way. Super fun to climb around the rocks but be careful they are slippery. Out

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Amanda Pezzullo
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One of the most undervalued hikes in Big Sir. Top 3 favorite so far and well worth the short hike!! Park on the side of the road, steep but short climb down and up, but the cove views are gorgeous!

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John Pezzullo
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Fantastic short hike. Burbling Creek, small falls, forest, ocean cove, tunnel and another cove!

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Eddie Vita
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Tara K
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The trail just reopened as of 10/25/20! I suggest going sooner than later before everyone realizes that it’s open again. We just went this past weekend on 11/8/20 and it was absolutely gorgeous. A quick and easy hike.

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Bella Minor
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Nice short trail. Beautiful!

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Thomas Arcala
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State website shows open 10/25/2020

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Jasmine Hernandez
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It’s technically closed right now

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Samantha Jean
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Easy hike with some beautiful views, highly recommend! Traveled October 2017

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Nicole Laprise
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Quick hike with pretty views. I completed in less than 30 minutes.

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Thu Krumpoch
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Great trail with access to water. Cool creek along the trail. The way out is hard.

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Allison D'Alelio
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We did this at the end of June. It was one of my favorite days! It’s a perfect addition to other hikes in the area! We sat on the rocks and watched the waves...we went back out of the tunnel and down the other side and found a place where several pools formed from creek just before entering ocean. It was a lovely little place to let the kids take a dip. Kids handled the trail very well, they are ages 10, 8 and 3. We hike a lot (red rocks in Sedona, Grand Canyon, Denali, Joshua tree, enchantments in Washington, Rainier, Adams and St Helens, the Selkirk as well as the Olympic Mountains etc...) and this is one of our top 5 (although it’s more walk then hike).

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A.K. Sepo
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Nice quick stop. Few little trails to a few coves. Nice running water and peaceful views of the ocean.

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Amanda Yaeger
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Beautiful hike!!

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Santos Baragan
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Pretty much all in one, I do recommend this as a first stop for anyone who hasn’t really experienced a trail like this !

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Isabel Fulcher
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Worth it for the views! We added it on to another hike in the area and had lunch on the rocks.

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Blake Collins
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Gorgeous. Absolutely breathtaking. Crowded on the weekends. Lots of PO. Worth it!

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Janet Anne Panen
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Ashley Dimacali
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nice hidden trail. goes to two coves. short distance only hard part is going up hill. no dogs unfortunately.

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Richard Maldonado
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Great views at the end

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Kyle Chadha
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Hiked this on Sun, Jun 28th. Certainly wasn't closed! Wide fire road down to the cove with some offshoots to the left including a cool tunnel. Tunnel spits you out south of the cove, where there are some tide pools. Saw sea anemones, mussels, and crabs.

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