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Trail is marked closed but decided to take a peak and then just kept going. A lot of the trail towards the cliffs were overgrown with plant life (must be aware of stepping due to small animals holes) but nothing truly considered dangerous. Beautiful views, lots of bunnies on the trail!! The flowers gave off a wonderful sweet smell. Amazing easy trail.

The trail to go up the "mountain" was closed also, due to what looked like a landslide removing the stairs. Definitely wasn't safe looking and stayed away from there.

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3 months ago

Driving up the coast on Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo to Carmel, the fog was so thick we thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. Patches of light and color opened up a few times and the yellow flowers blooming in late June added a spark. The fog was solid as we drove through Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. We didn't realize the steep drop offs to the left because it was a white out, but as we drove on, the fog gradually moved out to sea, displaying a more defined coastline as we reached Carmel. One bright spot was a visit to the Hearst Castle along the way. This is definitely an awesome drive, especially with clear skies, as we came back down from Carmel another time to McWay Falls. Watch out for Poison Oak on the trails... Classic trip, not to miss!

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6 months ago

Did Monterey all the way to Los Angeles via hwy 1 and it was amazing. Especially when you get into big sir. Passed Hearst castle. A road trip of a lifetime.

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8 months ago

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016

So beautiful!! Make sure you have a full gas tank!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Love, love, love this drive. Quintessential California coast.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Amazing drive. No matter the weather, you'll get great and memorable views.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

great drive and take a camera for lots of pics

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Amazing drive. Too many places to stop with great views to count. Great weather made this drive a memorial day.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beautiful coastal drive! Breathtaking cliff views, crashing surf, wildlife, beaches. This drive has it all. Fill up with gas before you go and bring snacks. Restaurants and convenience stores are few and far between.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

We drove Hwy 1 in June, 1989. It was very foggy for most of the trip, and most of my pics came out dark. Beautiful drive!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Really, really, really cool drive. Worth taking lots of stops along the way

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Best coastal scenic drive on earth.