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 walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Out & Back

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

This isn't really a trail, it's a walk on a beautiful beach.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice walk down to the beach. Ctazy windy, sand blowing in our faces. Beautiful views though with sun out.

walking
closed
2 months ago

yikes, too many visitors at 11:00am today. They closed all access. We checked back twice over the next couple hours and still no access. Asked attendants if we could call or otherwise check access before driving there: "no, we do not provide that information."

hiking
3 months ago

Not a hike, just a walk on a beach in a truly beautiful place. Look for the purple sands and "keyholes" in the rocks. Road down to the beach is 2 miles, one lane, which is a slightly harrowing experience, but definitely worth the payoff. We went early in the morning and enjoyed near solitude here, can't wait to come back.

no shade
4 months ago

Gorgeous walk on the beach. Purple sands, stunning rock formations, and if you walk all the way to the end, to the rocky area, you can find all kinds of marine critters hanging out in their natural habitat. The experience was like a day at the aquarium. I didn’t find the ‘keyhole’ particularly interesting as everyone else did. There were so many people gathered around taking pictures of that hole around sunset, it was so cliche. There were so many other interesting vantage points that kept me busy all day snapping pics. We stayed until sunset and it was phenomenal! It was definitely worth paying a visit to this beach.

hiking
4 months ago

A must stop! Beautiful sunset

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Very nice beach walk but short. Color of sands were purple which makes this beach unique. There is one rocky arch that everyone was taking photos with. Parking to enter this beach is $12.00. We only stayed 30 minutes or so and left to the next hiking spot.

walking
5 months ago

More of a beach walk, it was really pretty and super windy!

hiking
5 months ago

The trail wasn’t much of a trail. It says it’s 0.9 miles long, when in reality is maybe 0.1 miles to the beach and if you choose to hike all the way across, it might be 0.9. Regardless, the beach itself is a gorgeous sight, with gigantic waves crashing into sharp rocks.

6 months ago

Not a trail but an actual dog friendly beach that isn’t really filled with lots of dogs which is nice when you have a yorkie who has anxiety. Being things to sit on it is a beach with a great view and lots of space. The waves do come up just be cautious.

hiking
6 months ago

We went about 1 year ago this time and it was nothing short of spectacular. The pictures don’t do it justice. It’s beautiful in every way. A must see for everyone. So glad I got to experience Big Sur and all it’s beautiful surroundings!❤️

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful beach. Not really a hike at all. You just park & walk across the parking lot to the beach. Worth it for the beach with purple sand and wonderful views. You can walk along the beach, which I guess must be considered the hike. $10 is needed for parking.

hiking
7 months ago

A very beautiful beach.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy and beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Family friendly

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail. From Oklahoma 10/10 for the views. Careful on the road for potholes.

hiking
9 months ago

A fun short walk along the creek to the beach with waves that burst through a big hole in the rocks in the water. Some rough seas but beautiful to watch. Be careful walking the beach as the tide comes in. You can get stuck on the wrong side of the rocks until the tide recedes.

Mon Dec 31 2018

Great beach for photography.

Thu Nov 22 2018

So beautiful, went last weekend and it was perfect out.

Thu Sep 27 2018

Easy walk to a beautiful beach!

Sat Aug 18 2018

Gorgeous

hiking
Wed Jul 11 2018

I agree with the last review, it’s not really a hike but a walk on the beach. That said, it’s absolutely worth a stop. There are patches of purple sand and a rock with a hole in it (which is a pretty famous sunset photography spot, at the right time of year). There was a pool of water higher in the sand, popular with younger kids. We saw lots of ocean swimmers and one surfer.

hiking
Wed Jun 20 2018

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.

Sun Jun 17 2018

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.

Sun Apr 15 2018

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.

Mon Feb 26 2018

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

Mon Nov 20 2017

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

Sun Mar 08 2015

Definitely pretty beach! great waves, beautiful secluded view and this Keyhole!!!! Did I mention purple sand? Road is not very easy. One line with turnouts. So drive slowly

Thu May 21 2009

This is a very good beach - worth going to - but not the best beach ever. Definitely some interesting aspects, and no longer difficult at all to get to. Maybe the only cool bch in Big Sur.

hiking
12 days ago

recorded Recording - Jan 03, 11:09 AM

hiking
15 days ago

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