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“Easy hikes, beautiful scenery”

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Big Sur
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Easy hikes, beautiful scenery”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Pfeiffer includes several easy hikes, all less than 1.5 miles. The waterfall hike is underwhelming - would skip it and do Buzzard's Roost instead. A bit steeper but great view and lots of redwoods to enjoy!

Visited October 2013
Thank Lindsey R
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Layton, Utah
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“Hikes not very scenic”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
Thank Outdoorpartner
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“Best Beach on the West Coast?”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Might be the most scenic (if not hard to find) beach on the West Coast of the US. Utterly break taking scenery. It can get busy mid-day, so show up early if you dont want to wait in line for the little parking lot. Instead of stopping in the first 100 years of the beach, walk down a ways and you can have a little piece of this place all to yourself for a little while.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank beattrane
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Ringwood, New Jersey
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45 reviews
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“Campers- Put it on your Radar”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

As we have learned on our XC trip many of the best places to camp with tents or RV's are in the state parks. Pfeiffer is one of the best and in the heart of Big Sur. Almost all camp sites are level. No electric hook-up but water and dump site are available. Five minute showers will cost you a buck. If you are looking for a tricky hike try the "Ridge Trail"- a 2.5 mile hike to the wilderness area where miles more await you. One word of caution- the trail is steep, narrow, and long so continuous concentration is a must. It is the only trail where dogs (on leash) are allowed. Doing it with our feisty yellow lab made it even more of a challenge. Hiking sticks recommended- a few hard, dusty turns in dry weather.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Mitch K
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great place to camp”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Big campsites, clean bathrooms, general store, wifi, showers, laundrey room, This campsite has everything you need. The only thing that was rough, was they charge ten dollars per extra car. The sites hold 8 people for tent camping. The surroundings are incredible, it my third favorite in Big Sir.

Visited October 2013
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