Looking for a great trail near Big Sur, California? AllTrails has 59 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Point Lobos State Natural Reserve or Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Big Sur ranging from 0.6 to 41.8 miles and from 36 to 5,154 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We intended on hiking the full Andrew Molera Loop trail but it was closed because the river was impassable due to all the rain. This was the only trail open but it was not a disappointment! It was roughly 2.6 miles to the top so we did 5 miles total. Be prepared to hike straight up! The grind was quite a workout but the views were absolutely beautiful the whole way. We even spotted a little snow at the top. There were a few muddy spots but nothing major. You can’t go wrong with any Big Sur hike!

It was the only trail open at Andrew Molera State Park because of the heavy rains lately. Great ocean views and a good workout!

Great hike. Good views.

fairly steep trail with amazing views all along the way. managed to get all the way up and back down in 2 hours.

I think this is the best approach to Cone Peak! It’s a butt-kicker, make sure you are adequately conditioned (5,000 ft in less than 8 miles is no joke!) i didn’t have to carry too much water as there were plenty of sources along the way. Interesting and diverse scenery the whole way, with great views of your destination from multiple points on the trail. and the Hilary step is a fun scramble up the steepest, rockiest part of the North Coast Knife Trail—a really fun experience. If you are afraid of heights or averse to that kind of exposed climbing, you can just follow Gamboa trail down and around and back up to the peak, but I found it easy and my friend’s 6-year-old daughter has done it. I would recommend being an experienced navigator or having one with you: the trail is flagged with pink markers, but I still managed to lose it several times, and it’s kind of a technical route with a lot of overgrowth and often some downed trees. Thank you to the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for maintaining these trails! I also brought my young dog and she had a blast, though she did pick up quite a few ticks, and I did too— even in December!

trail running
7 days ago

Yes, this is a fire trail. But it sure beats running on the treadmill and the views are awesome!

hiking
muddy
washed out
9 days ago

hiking
rocky
washed out
11 days ago

great trail! the first 500feet were the hardest with downed trees and loose dirt. but after it it was great! a few slides later on in the hike after the creek crossing that you had to climb up and over. couldn't make it past the next creek crossing as the water was too deep to cross there and fast for the time of year... looking back wish I would have just taken my boots off and continued on though. it was gorgeous! the dog loved it. coyotes and mountain lions had been bad in the area apparently but we didn't have issues during the day. ticks were bad though! Rattlers we were warned of but not during end of Jan when we were there.

trail is still closed

hiking
25 days ago

This was a pretty nice hike and one of the few options for a lengthy hike out of the park. It's a pretty steady climb but nothing to crazy. There are a few sections that are slightly washed out but you can manage them, just be careful. There's some beautiful views, especially when you start to round the corner and catch the mountain range. That being said, I wasn't able to finish this hike, we had to turn back about .5 mile from the peak, the reason for that was due to a mountain lion. We hiked this on Saturday, January 19th and got near the peak around 11am. My friend I was with was out in front and encountered it. He heard some noise nearby and then heard the sound of the growl from the mountain lion. We opted to turn back at that point. I'd highly recommend the hike as its got great views but be aware of your surroundings and likely hike in a group. There's a sign at the trailhead regarding mountain lions so, just be sure to take it seriously as it seems to be a pretty remote wilderness. Enjoy!

Pretty nice trail, the climb is no joke though, it's damn near uphill for 80% of the trail. Unfortunately the fog rolled in so by the time we hit the ridge, we had zero view though I'd imagine it's beautiful up there. This would be a pretty cool quick overnight trip too. There's a campsite at the top with a picnic table and charcoal grill. I'm sure the views would be amazing on a clear day for sunset.

hiking
28 days ago

$10 day fee to access. Started at 2:30 in the afternoon and got to the peak at 4:00. It was a climb, but manageable. The trail was washed out at some points and overgrown much of the second half, but still worth the views along the way and at the top! Wanted to stay at the top for sunset, but decided against it as it was getting dark fast. Back to the parking lot by 5:30.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
30 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
30 days ago

backpacking
over grown
1 month ago

Trailhead GPS is accurate, you need to drive through Fort Hunter Ligget to get there. If the road is closed to the river, Milipitas road can get you to the trailhead. First five miles take you through a variety of biomes. Bush bowl (mile 4) isn't cleared, but passable. Lots of creeks and water sources in the winter months. A good campsite is Cook Springs or Trails Springs Campsite. The cook springs campsite turnoff is at a ten foot post (take a trail to the left, and another left onto the jeep road to reach the campsite). North Coast Ridge and Gamboa Trail are gorgeous. Lots of views the whole time.

hiking
private property
1 month ago

Tried to go reach the point where the recording starts and the road to get there from Highway 1 (Coast Rd) is posted as PRIVATE PROPERTY / NO TRESPASSING. However there does seems to be a way to get there on the opposite side via the same road to the North.

backpacking
washed out
1 month ago

The trail was easily navigable with only minor branches which had fallen over the trail and a few areas with some degradation due to erosion. Beautiful views from the vista point, but really the whole trail provides incredible scenery, especially after heavy rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this over the summer. It was cool hiking through the forest, but this is definitely one you should start early in the day. My group started this in the afternoon, and it was hot and humid. The top had very little shade, but it offered a cool view point.

hiking
1 month ago

I paid the $10 parking and started the hike at 8:30am. I hydrated before I got started and did not bring any water (not recommending this, rather just stating its possible without in January). Parts of the trail towards the top were overgrown but nothing major, long pants is desired as I did have to pull a couple ticks off me. The view from the top is stunning, wished I spent more time reflecting but I did relax about a half hour, then made my decent down. I made it back to the car around 12:45. I usually do like to do the same hike twice but I will make an exception here!

Lovely waterfalls and mushrooms everywhere. It must be lady bug mating season or something because we also saw thousands of lady bugs and many banana slugs as well.

***Don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

This is a beautiful hike. I did it in the pouring rain. All 8+ miles it rained. The coastline was still beautiful and visible and the ocean was rough but so powerful. I can’t imagine this hike not being incredible in any weather or any month of the year. The river crossing... it was flowing fast and I couldn’t see the bottom because of all the rain. WITH THAT BEING SAID, it was still no big deal... at all and actually pretty fun! I’m 5’1 and the water was just above my knees but at no point did I feel unsteady. The water level was mid shin before all the rain, when I began. The bottom is smooth and there really isn’t anything to trip you up. At the start of my hike I took my boots and socks off to cross, on the way back I left them on. The river is right at the start of the trail. Again, don’t let the crossing stop you from doing this hike!

Great hike, the trailhead is easy to find. Amazing views

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views hiking up the mountain. Be careful in the summer, it isn’t too shaded. Other than that, well worth it.

It’s a long one but beautiful! Completed this in July, make sure you bring your sunscreen!

A great trail and a stiff workout. The grade is fairly intense for the majority of the 5 mile out and back, and your legs will likely be sore the next day. However it’s an excellent workout and great day hike without much shade. Took us just under 4 hours to complete.

hiking
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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful landscape at the bottom- next to a creek. Hike (mid-way up) is pretty and serene- very cool (temp), shaded and lush.
When you get to the loop- you can go left or right: left side (uphill) seems to be more at a gradient, while right side (uphill) seems to be a steeper climb.
The view at the top was ok- the hike up was more interesting.

1 month ago

pros: The trail was very easy to follow and well maintained. (Watch for the occasional bikers. )There is only one access (official) point to the beach but once on the beach u can enjoy the miles of sandy shores.
Cons: no toilet, no drink water except parking lot.

Great hike! Mostly clear well defined trail with only a few logs to hop over. Vicente campground has plenty of water with about 8 campsites to choose from between up the creek and in the actual flats. The turn off to Goat Camp could be easily missed because there isn't a sign- but it is in the open green meadow on the west side closest to the creek.

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