Sand Dollar Beach Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Beach hiking Sand Dollar Beach Trail California
Big Sur has a dramatic rocky coastline that's stunning to look at, but can be challenging to access. Where do you go when you want to take a good walk on the beach? To dip your toes in Big Sur's sand, there may be nowhere better to visit than Sand Dollar Beach. This half-mile long beach (or longer if the tide is out) is a crescent-shaped arc of pale sand between the blue water of the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Big Sur · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views
Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 125 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Kirk Creek Campground Los Padres National Forest Coastal Camping Big Sur California
Kirk Creek Campground might as well be called Amazing Ocean Views Campground. This national forest campground is perched atop ocean bluffs that are over 100-foot tall and overlook miles and miles of Pacific Ocean along the beautiful Big Sur coastline. Kirk Creek Campground is a stunning place to put up a tent or park an RV and is sure to be a treat for anyone able to stay here on a trip... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 8, 2019
Canyon Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Big Sur Hike Canyon Trail waterfall Canyon Falls Trail
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur has a word famous waterfall named McWay Falls, which tumbles off a coastal bluff straight into the Pacific Ocean in a display of unique natural beauty. The park has a second waterfall too, just inland from McWay Falls, with the more generic name of Canyon Falls. This lovely little waterfall can't rival McWay for postcard beauty, but the 0.9-mile... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · California State Parks · Closed · Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park · Redwood Groves · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.9 miles · Elevation change: 225 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 9, 2019
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk in Cambria San Luis Obispo County California Big Sur Coast beach hike stroll walk central coast
The city of Cambria is located on Highway One at the north end of San Luis Obispo County, and has earned the nickname "Gateway to the Big Sur Coast." Like that stunning area to the north, Cambria has its own beautiful waterfront. Explore sandy beaches and rocky tide pools on a 2.85-mile round trip hike down Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, crossing a pristine beach that is preserved by Hearst San... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 16, 2017
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail Big Sur hike Los Padres National Forest Ocean view bluff hike
This short, level hike in Big Sur's Los Padres National Forest ventures to the end of a grassy point topped by a crown of spiked boulders. The bluff offers fantastic views of the coves and rocky sea stacks up and down the rugged coastline of Big Sur. The trailhead is conveniently located along Highway One, and at 1.1 miles round trip with 50 feet of elevation change, the views far outweigh... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views
Distance: 1.1 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 16, 2017
Cruickshank Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike
For backpackers and day hikers, Cruickshank Trail offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the wilderness off Highway One on the beautiful Big Sur Coast. The single track starts by climbing to lofty ocean views, and then heads inland along a canyon wall with relaxing pockets of oaks and redwoods toward a handful of trail camps. The excellent trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp crosses... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2018
Buckeye Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike Buckeye Camp
It can sound like hyperbole when you try to put into words the breathtaking, jaw-dropping stop-you-in-your tracks ocean views found on trails in Big Sur. Never the less, Buckeye Trail has absolutely extraordinary views over the Pacific that you need to see to believe. Rising above Highway One, the trail ventures through the Silver Peak Wilderness, ascending coastal canyons and ridges to... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 20, 2018
Salmon Falls Trail Salmon Creek Big Sur Hike
Salmon Creek Trail is a popular track with backpackers venturing deep into the Silver Peak Wilderness in the Monterey District of Los Padres National Forest, but you only need to hike a quarter mile round trip from Highway One to see a beautiful 120-foot waterfall. Unlike the trail overlooking beautiful McWay Falls farther up the Big Sur Coast, this hike brings you up close and person with a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Silver Peak Wilderness · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.25 miles · Elevation change: 60 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 11, 2019
Jade Cove Plaskett Rock point Pacific Coast Bluff Trail Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike
Along the bluffs of the Big Sur Coast protected by Los Padres National Forest is a scenic and easy ocean-view hike. Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock Point are just south of Plaskett Creek Campground on the west side of Highway One. Visited together, they form a 1.5-mile hike. This hike has two trailheads. Both are unmarked a somewhat difficult to spot. From Plaskett Creek Campground drive a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ocean Views · Wildflowers
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 4, 2017
Partington Cove Trail Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park Trail Big Sur Hike
A great way to explore the dramatic waterfront on the Big Sur coast is to take a hike down the action-packed Partington Cove Trail. Partington Cove is part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park begins from Highway One, just north of McWay Falls. Partington Cove Trail The 1.5-mile hike to Partington Cove begins at the top of a gated fire road on the west side of Highway One and descends... Read more.
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Tagged with · Big Sur · California State Parks · Free Trails · Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park · Ocean Views
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 270 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 9, 2019

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