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“Don' miss this” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Partington Cove

Partington Cove
Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #10 of 25 things to do in Big Sur
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Apollo, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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“Don' miss this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Just prior to entrance of Julia Pfeiffer State Park. Not marked by signs but it is shown on a good area hiking map. A fire road goes down to the cave from a pull-off right on Route 1 at a big U-turn just prior to the park going south. The Partington family used the cove as an unloading dock for cargo prior to the road being built. To see the area used for unloading you have to cross the foot bridge and pass through the hand excavated tunnel. Really cool.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I came here on a hike with a hiking guide and really enjoyed the scenery. It was busy but not overrun. The rocky beach is secluded enough to enjoy without being blown over by the wind. The cove itself is worth a visit not least for the history and to imagine how life must have been so many years ago. As mentioned by others, the path is not marked from highway one so best use a good map of Big Sur and gps if you don't know the area. I picked up a great map from the Lucia Lodge shop which really came in handy.

Visited August 2013
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Granby, Connecticut
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“Coves, Tunnel and Freshwater Stream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The small cove of Partington Cove was my hidden gem find while at Big Sur. The mountain stream and area through the tunnel was nice which you can continue beyond the sitting chair to do some light scrambling to get further to and around the point.

Visited August 2013
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Culver City, California
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“Unusual Cove - 2-sided - Worth the hill!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just a beautiful area. You park and walk downhill. The path is even and smooth - roadlike. As you get down to the bottom, on on side (the right) is a rocky beach - crashing waves. A little above, you go over a bridge to a calmer cover. The short walk from the bridge to the cover is beautifully forested. The walk up is a bit steep, but only took us 5 minutes, so not so bad. Not that many people find this - so it's a great place in Big Sur.

Visited July 2013
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monterey CA
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“Worth looking for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

One of the best unmarked trails from Highway One to the Pacific Ocean. It's where the ships used to come in (before 1937) to haul the redwood trunks up to more populated ports. Beautiful water and you walk through an old tunnel the trees were transported through.

Visited May 2013
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