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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Nice stop on Highway 1

Short hike to the falls. Worth a visit. Anything along this coast is beautiful. You will see cars parked on the highway.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Short hike to the falls. Worth a visit. Anything along this coast is beautiful. You will see cars parked on the highway.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We paid for entry into the park and walked from the (easy) trail from the auto parking lot. A pedestrian tunnel safely transports you under the highway. The views of the Falls, and the ocean are great. In addition, the house foundation and informational material at the end of the trail are interesting. If you are doing the coastal drive,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We hiked the Tanbark Trail, Ewoldsen Trail, and ended up at McWay Falls. It was great half day trip to enjoy Big Sur. McWay Fall is gorgeous and it really healed me after 8 mile if hiking. You can see my hike and pics at : http://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/harris/85252/

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Words and pictures cannot capture the pacific coast drive!! Then you come to Mcway falls!! So stinking amazing!!!!! Beautiful!!! Getting there is the best journey!! We walked the trail to see it. There is a state park enterance of $10 which is Google at all state parks that day.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

I went this past February on a sunny Sunday. It was beautiful and I could not believe the vibrant blues from the water. It's a small waterfall but beautiful! Some tips: 1) This is a short walk, not a hike. That's how easy it is (and I'm out of shape). 2) If you find a parking spot on Hwy 1... More 

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Red Bluff, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We found this fairly easily. Right across the Hwy 1 from Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park. There were tons of vehicles parked along both sides of Hwy 1. There is a trail, with easy access. There are a few steps, but it's a fairly easy trail (we are older, out of shape and inexperienced in much hiking). I saw several... More 

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California
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Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful scenery! Amazing views of the coastline, not to mention the vibrancy of colors surrounding the place. Try going in the morning, when there are less people. This way you can enjoy a relaxing and unobstructed view!

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Manteca, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

They were just dried up, do not expect to see the falls year around or during a drought. Hope to see them another time.

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San Carlos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Love this panorama.Its such a rare site, in draught stricken Californa, a gorgeous waterfall to the sea. Lovely.Just a .64 walk from parking lot to vista, by all means do this.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

McWay falls is one of the most beautiful vistas in California, if not the world. If you are in Big Sur and haven't seen it ever or in a while, it is always worth the easy stop and short walk. There is no excuse for missing it! If only there was a way to figure out how to get down... More 

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