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 birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

Directions from LA Basin: Drive south on Interstate 15 to Highway 79 South (Temecula). Follow Hwy. 79 approximately 25 miles southeast to the Forest Service station at Oak Grove (west side of highway). Trailhead parking is located behind the office.

20 days ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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?

8 months ago

Nice trail. Beautiful at the top

hiking
Wednesday, March 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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Awesome hike to rejuvenate & get centered.

Saturday, October 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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

photo op.

hiking
Monday, August 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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Short hike with beautiful view of falls.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

Thursday, June 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.

hiking
Thursday, June 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.

walking
Thursday, April 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!

hiking
Saturday, March 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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, February 12, 2016

nice semi easy hike. Beautiful camping by the river

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Crowded trail.

hiking
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

it was ok,

hiking
Monday, January 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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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

hiking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Not much water on the fall right now.

camping
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

Sunday, June 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.

birding
Friday, June 12, 2015

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

hiking
Saturday, June 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.

nature trips
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tourist trap, but the view is incredible & panoramic towards the ocean. The falls are nice too. To look at, but no swimming or water hole here..

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

If you're in the area and feel like some hiking, it's a good workout uphill with a nice view at the top. Mostly in the shade, so especially suited for a hot day. The trail is pretty popular, so if you're not a fan of crowds on trails, keep that in mind.

hiking
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Short easy hike. Well worth doing.

hiking
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Fun hike to do with a group of friends.

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