The hikes in Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park are more scenic.
You will pay $10 for day parking at P Big Sur State Park. The Valley View overlook trail is short uphill climb to an overlook of a road. Skip it! Not very scenic! Hiking to the falls may be worth it, if you know ahead of time that it's just a small stream (but a worthwhile drop).
Totally skip the buzzard's roost hike unless you just want some exercise and don't care about the view. Maybe they name it buzzard because you just survey the surrounding area - no ocean views. The destination is a shack with antennas and electric wires and little else to see. I was very disappointed.
The trails are crowded because of all the people camping in the park. There's nothing wrong with the trails; they are just not worth going out of your way to hike due to lack of scenery (in my opinion).
If they would only use all day use and camping fees to improve the Mount Manuel Trail, then it would be worth stopping here. That trail is in disrepair and overgrown.
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