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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is...
A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Great hike

Go here on a pretty day ready to work up the hills. Nice views. Early in the day there are fewer people. We didn't pass anyone until close to noon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Go here on a pretty day ready to work up the hills. Nice views. Early in the day there are fewer people. We didn't pass anyone until close to noon.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We loved stopping all along the route at these beautiful natural destinations. We got fantastic pictures and chatted with some rangers. It's a nice way stretch your legs for a relatively quick stop.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Incredible place, filled with trails that suit all kind of travellers, I would definitely come back here.

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Fortaleza, CE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Wide variety of scenery, from oaks and grass to redwoods. Trails ranging from short (e.g., nature trail near the Big Sur Lodge) to long. Nearby beaches in Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Beach (federally-managed). We stayed at the Big Sur Lodge,and admission to these two state park units, and other other, but not the federal beach, included.

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New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

There used to be a house here, Waterfall House, artfully built inti the hillside. The trail down to the terrace, all that is left of it, overlooks a small inlet, a perfect beach, and a waterfall - so photogenic! Take your time, soak in the views, and imagine what it must have been like, to live here in the 30s... More 

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Raymore, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The only reason I rate this as very good is because of the views. The Big Sur area is beautiful! I've been to many places and this is probably the most beautiful area I've ever seen in my life. As for the State Park specifically, it was ok. There are great views as you walk the trail but the waterfall... More 

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Alamo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I wanted to take a 5 mile hike during my trip to Big Sur and after doing some research, it seemed the Ewoldsen was our best bet. Moderate 6 mile hike through the redwoods with glorious ocean views here and there. So my husband and I packed our water and headed to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Well, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This trail was the most challenging my husband and I did so far, but well worth it. The trail is steep, and we stopped a few times to catch our breath, but we didn't give up and we are so glad we didn't. The view from the top is breathtaking; vibrant colors and smell of trees, plants and flowers were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

One of the most scenic places on earth and i don't exaggerate. To see a waterfall hitting the shores of beautiful blue waters is uncommon. To make things greater, we hiked down to the waterfall only to find out we could have been fined, but it was worth it and i would have done it again. Go at your own... More 

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

Peaceful forest. Take the long hikes, you will end up with beautiful views from higher elevation. It is no Yosemite and the coast is really what you come to Big Sur for so don't have your expectations too high.

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