Valley View Overlook

MODERATE 22 reviews

Valley View Overlook is a 2.2 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.

2.2 miles
744 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

Take a nice hike through the redwoods to Pfeiffer Fall followed by a walk 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.

11 days ago

13 days ago

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Trail closed 6/10/17

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

5 months ago

11 months ago

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

Friday, July 01, 2016

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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

Monday, April 28, 2014

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.