Valley View Overlook

MODERATE 88 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


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

Take a nice hike through the redwoods to a stunning view of the Big Sur valley below. *Spur trail to the falls in closed- expected to reopen early 2019.

1 month ago

Decent outing- wouldn’t be the trail that I recommend. Waterfall section is closed and this could’ve improved experience.
Trail gets really narrow, rocky and moderately steep in some spots. It’s a turn-around so traffic gets tight in these spots. Would not recommend it with kids.
The view at the top is pretty (expansive view of redwoods), but the trail itself wasn’t interesting.

1 month ago

nice walk with lovely Redwoods at the bottom the highlight for me. waterfall section closed.

2 months ago

Great short, high yield hike with beautiful view at top.

4 months ago

Trail to the falls was not accessible at this time

4 months ago

Waterfalls path is closed. “Moderate” walk/hike is not worth the “view” at the top. You’ll see the best redwoods at the bottom.

5 months ago

Decent trail with great view at the top. A few benches scattered near the top to sit and appreciate the view.

6 months ago

Falls are closed

7 months 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.

7 months 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.

10 months ago

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

trail running
10 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.

11 months ago

Nice and easy stroll uphill

11 months ago

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

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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

Monday, February 05, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The view is ok, hike is moderate as expected.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

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!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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.

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