Pfeiffer Beach

EASY 10 reviews

Pfeiffer Beach is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

0.9 miles
16 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




25 days ago

This isn't really a trail, it's just a walk on the beach (but the most beautiful beach ever!). I kept looking for some kind of trailhead until I looked at my map and realized I'd already completed the "trail" by just going to the beach, ha ha. It's a BEAUTIFUL beach and I 100% recommend it, but it's not a hike.

29 days ago

It was such a beautiful walk. Take the beach all the way to the left and you will see where the forest meets the beach. A light trail will take you up by the stream. Beautiful purple sand and rock formations.

3 months ago

Incredible beach. Hard to get parking so get the early. The sunset through the rock formations in the water is epic. Busy and popular beach but for good reason.

4 months ago

If you want to pay $10 to sit on the beach go ahead.

7 months ago

Pfeiffer Beach is open as of mid-October 2017! Beautiful but usually very busy during peak season (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

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