Pfeiffer Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Pfeiffer Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.4 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 410 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



no dogs

Please note: the Pfeiffer Falls Trail remains closed. For most up-to-date information, please see official park website:

9 days ago

Trail is closed. But I went up to Valley View trail and then down to see the waterfall. Nice little walk.

3 months ago

Sat Jun 02 2018

There is a sign (photo uploaded) where the trail splits from Valley View. They are reconstructing the entire trail. Expected complete early 2019.

Sat Feb 03 2018

A great hike. The SP web site says it's closed now (Feb 2018). Does anyone know if that's a seasonal closure and it will be open again in the summer, or if it's more long-term?

Sat Oct 14 2017

Nice trail. Beautiful at the top

Wed Mar 29 2017

Very beautiful trail that leads to a lovely waterfall which makes for a great way to splash yourself and cool off from the short hike. Nice place to relax and have lunch! :D

Mon Nov 28 2016

Awesome hike to rejuvenate & get centered.

Sat Oct 22 2016

This is a pretty trail but when I went it had a lot of trash (be a Good Samaritan and pick some up peeps!!) The waterfall itself was smaller than I expected but it is still worth hiking to. This hike is a a decent uphill until you reach the trail head for the falls where it gets more downhill.

Sun Sep 11 2016

photo op.

Mon Aug 15 2016

Great hike with plenty of level ground and up hill climbing. Lots of wildlife and people so you are not alone on the trail. The water fall is decent however lots of bugs when you get there so it's hard to enjoy the falls for long. Parking in the hotel lot near the end was fine, they didn't tow us.

Fri Jul 22 2016

Short hike with beautiful view of falls.

Wed Jul 20 2016

For our first hike in Big Sur, myself and my wife thoroughly loved it an easy and enjoyable hike for two beginners

Thu Jun 30 2016

I'd call this a warm up hike. Wakes up your muscles and gets the blood flowing, but short enough to bring the whole family. Bring your camera! Beautiful waterfall and blue jays in the trees.

Thu Jun 16 2016

The falls were pretty underwhelming considering the work to hike the trail. The trail is heavily packed so don't be surprised if you brush up against other people when passing. Still glad I did it.

Thu Apr 28 2016

Unfortunately this was more of our rest stop before we headed to 17-mile drive. We didn't get to fully explore, but it left a lasting impression!

Sat Mar 19 2016

I've done this hike twice, and both times I've enjoyed this quick short hike. The waterfall isn't no McWay Falls, but it's still a cute little waterfall. There wasn't many people on the trail when I went both times and once you're on top of the rock to get a better view, it's a good time to sit, take out some snacks, and have a little break. We also decided to do the Valley View Trail along with this hike to make it longer. Visited May 2015 and December 2015

Sun Feb 28 2016

Wasn't to difficult and was well worth the ending! Easy in and out.. Lots of people and kids on the trail!

Tue Feb 16 2016

Short trail, but steeper than expected. The waterfall is a bit underwhelming.

Fri Feb 12 2016

nice semi easy hike. Beautiful camping by the river

Sun Jan 24 2016

Crowded trail.

Wed Jan 20 2016

it was ok,

Mon Jan 11 2016

Very green...waterfall was pretty & a good turning back point. I personally don't care for out & back trails, I prefer loop trails which is why I rate it 3 Stars. Other than that, it was nice.

Tue Nov 03 2015

Very well kept trail and very nice people on trail. Not much water at the fall but still worth the hike.

Thu Sep 10 2015

Not much water on the fall right now.

Sat Jul 11 2015

Hike was good, the fall had not much water, drought.

Sun Jun 28 2015

Easy trail. Lots of people, very quick trail to get to the falls. Good to do when you check into the rooms but not a workout, too easy.

bird watching
Fri Jun 12 2015

Pleasant short trial which is very popular. It's too bad that a longer trial doesn't go further

Sat Jun 14 2014

Pfeiffer Falls is a nice day hike in the Big Sur area. The trail follows Pfeiffer-Redwood Creek up the canyon through a redwood forest to the base of the falls. We took the Valley View Trail on the way back up the canyon into an oak and chaparral woodland area to the overlook. From the overlook you can see sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Range and Pacific Ocean but atch out for Poison oak that is beginning to crowd the trail.

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