The Hikes

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Vicente Flat Trail

An all-day workout or modest up and back that indulges the senses with vast ocean, mountain and canyon panoramas in addition to redwood, bay tree and oak forests. The Vicente Flat Trail starts with an aggressive uphill for a couple miles as you climb the coastal ridge and then turns east above Hare Canyon, eventually …

Willow Creek Trail

Willow Creek Trail Big Sur

Although a little out of the way, the Willow Creek Trail winds through huge redwoods, a beautiful rocky creek, and a bit of history. Several campsites also dot the well-maintained path which starts off as an old rocky road and includes a crumbling homestead site in addition to gorgeous trees and scenery. Hike Facts • …

Ragged Point Fire Road Trail

This uphill hike is all about the views and changing terrain since there are no redwood groves or rushing streams. You’ll get a good workout on a well maintained fire road where the views get better all the way to the top. This is also the southern-most “Big Sur” hike and starts right across the …

Oak Grove Trail Loop

Oak Grove Trail Big Sur

As a companion to the heavily travelled Pfeiffer Falls & Valley View Trails, the Oak Grove Trail loop is an excellent and modest hike through a wide variety of Big Sur’s mountain and river ecosystems. The Oak Grove Trail loop passes by the historic Homestead Cabin of John Pfeiffer, winds through oak studded canyons, and …

Sand Dollar Beach Trail

Sand Dollar Beach

The largest crescent of sandy beach in Big Sur, set below the dramatic Pacific Valley cliffs. Jade too! The Sand Dollar Beach area offers both a great beach and also a nice bluff trail with expansive views up and down the coast. A perfect place to stop and combine ocean and sand with your trek …

Jade Cove Trail

Jade Cove Trail

A wonderful bluff trail with wide-open views of the coast and several rocky coves. The Jade Cove Trail is a simple flat path that loops out to the coast with a steep but short path down to the water where you can hunt for jade (please follow local regulations about collecting rocks). Hike Facts: • …

Partington Cove Trail

Partington Cove Trail

A quick and steep hike takes you down through a tree-lined canyon to a scenic rocky beach and through a tunnel to Partington Cove. Used as a loading point for tanbark around the turn of the nineteenth century, Partington Cove’s history comes alive as you walk through the 60 foot tunnel and pop out in …

Soda Springs Trail

Soda Springs Trail Big Sur

Think of this trek as a variation of the Salmon Creek hike. There are sweeping coastal views, waterfalls, and modest oak forests along Soda Springs Creek, but these are junior versions of what you’ll find at Salmon Creek. While there are no towering redwoods, the canyon along the creek has its own charm and unique …

Big Sur Hikes: sorted by north to south

Sort Hikes By: Favorites, Trail Length, North to South Andrew Molera Loop (8.8 miles) Pfeiffer Falls / Valley View Trails (2 miles) Oak Grove Trail Loop (3 miles) Partington Cove Trail (1 mile) Tanbark Trail & Tin House (5.6 miles) McWay Waterfall Trail (.64 mile) Ewoldsen Trail (4.5 miles) Limekiln Trails (3 miles) Vicente Flat …

Big Sure Hikes: sorted by trail length

Sort Hikes By: Favorites, Trail Length, North to South Vicente Flat Trail (4-10.2 miles) Andrew Molera Loop (8.8 miles) Salmon Creek Trail (6.5 miles) Cruickshank Trail to Villa Creek Camp (6 miles) Tanbark Trail & Tin House (5.6 miles) Ewoldsen Trail (4.5 miles) Ragged Point Fire Road (4 miles) Willow Creek Trail (3.6 miles) Mill …