Valley View Overlook

MODERATE 67 reviews

Valley View Overlook is a 1.8 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles
554 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

Take a nice hike through the redwoods to a stunning view of the Big Sur valley below If you are going to hike only one trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, this trail should be it. It is only 0.7 miles through massive redwoods to beautiful Pfeifer Fall only 1 mile to the top of the valley view trail from the trailhead. Within an hour this hike will show you the redwood trees, falls, and vistas of Big Sur.

19 days ago

Falls are closed

25 days ago

The walk took us a little over 1 hour. It's rather easy than moderate we think (and we're beginning hikers). The view at the top is not amazing, but overall we liked the hike.

1 month ago

Nice hike, wouldn't recommend for families with small children. Lots of folks hiked and had a picnic in a quiet place wish I had taken some food to sit, enjoy the view, and eat. Do this as a first hike if needed in morning. It will warm you up for the day.

4 months ago

A great short hike with a beautiful view of the valley at the top!

trail running
4 months ago

Morning trail run before exploring the rest of Big Sur. Bummed that the Pfeiffer waterfall trail was closed but easy run with a view worthy of the effort.

4 months ago

Nice and easy stroll uphill

5 months ago

Nice trail. Steep in some spots. can be slick after it rains. Nice views of the valley and out to the ocean.

6 months ago

Beautiful view. As of 1.28.18 the waterfall was blocked off for maintenance.

6 months ago

7 months ago

The view is ok, hike is moderate as expected.

8 months ago

Pretty hike starting in the redwoods and ascending steeply into oaks. The waterfall trail is closed so it’s a quick 2 mile in and out trail.

8 months ago

Great trail if you're looking for a quick and fairly easy hike in Big Sur. We were running out of daylight so we chose this trail. We reached the top of the overlook right as the sun was setting. Wasn't crowded at all, we did it November 11th and the weather was perfect!

10 months ago

Nice at the top

Monday, July 31, 2017

Really nice trails, well cleared and well marked. Gorgeous waterfall and stunning views! (Edit - I believe it is closed now)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Trail closed 6/10/17

Left 4 stars because it's normally a great hike.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The uphill is a bit of a workout !! Mostly shaded and offers a cool overlook of the valley.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sweet Jesus I wasn't ready for the steep incline. Heavy traffic in the beginning but thins out toward the top. It was hazy at the top but still beautiful nonetheless. FYI: You get cell phone reception at the sign.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

We did this hike along with Pfeiffer Falls and together I'd rate it 4/5. It was my first time in the Big Sur area so this was a good little introduction to the what was to come.

Visited May 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wrong map for this trial

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Expected a better closer view but ok.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Not very difficult, some steep areas. Nice views.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Easy trail. Nice view, took no more than 20 minutes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Very busy trial. Great views from

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A fun and easy hike! Make sure to stop by.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Great hiking trails and prefect for families. Beautiful views and a few places to rest along the trails after a few steeper hills but again great trails for everyone and easy walking and paths.

Friday, August 30, 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.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Mostly uphill til you get to the last stretch.. good workout! There's a bench at the end that's a nice place to rest and take in the good views of the mountains before heading back down the trail

Friday, November 12, 2010

This is a nice hike in Pfeiffer Big Sur that only takes an hour or so. The waterfall won't change your outlook on life, but it is still nice to look at, as is the nice view from the lookout at the top of the hike.

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