Five Spectacular Hikes in Big Sur

Have you ever dreamed of exploring the majestic coast of California? Big Sur is the perfect place to do just that. With its stunning cliffs, crashing waves, and hidden coves, Big Sur is a paradise for new explorers. Just over the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Sur is one of California's most popular destinations. If you're new to the area or just looking for some ideas to help you get outside , we have a few suggestions that are sure to make your trip an adventure. 

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Whether you're looking for a breathtaking hike or a leisurely stroll along the beach, Big Sur has something to offer everyone. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

In addition to its natural beauty, Big Sur is also home to a number of historical and cultural sites. The Big Sur area was originally settled by the Ohlone people and later became a part of the Spanish empire. A number of important missions were established in the area, including Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, which is now a National Historic Landmark. Visitors to Big Sur can explore the history of the area at a number of museums and cultural centers.

Some of our favorite hikes in Big Sur include:

• The Soberanes Point Trail 

Try this 1.8-mile loop trail near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. A pretty easy hike, this route takes you along the coast and is great for birding and photography. You'll likely encounter other hikers, so bring your camera along to snap a few photos. The best time to visit is during the spring or fall. Leave the dogs at home, though — they aren't allowed on the trail.

• The Pfeiffer Falls Trail

Follow this 1.3-mile out-and-back trail near Big Sur, California. This route is relatively easy and takes an average of 47 minutes to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, but you can still enjoy a little solitude during the quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

• The Partington Cove Trail

Enjoy this one-mile out-and-back trail near Big Sur, California. Considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 41 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is lovely to visit anytime. Dogs aren't permitted on this trail—they aren't allowed.

• The Salmon Creek Trail

One of the southernmost popular Big Sur trails, Salmon Creek offers a nice steady workout in addition to some of the most expansive views westward toward the coast.
This is also a trail you can hike as long as you like, turning back when you run out of steam, or stopping at either the Spruce (2 miles in) or Estrella (3.25 miles in) campsite for a nice break before turning back.

• The Andrew Molera State Park Trail

Andrew Molera State Park is a beautiful, relatively undiscovered park 20 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea on State Route 1. This park offers miles of trails, fishing, campsites, and beaches. This is a must-see for anyone driving or biking down the coast.

No matter what your interests are, there's sure to be a place in Big Sur that's perfect for you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure today!

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