Best Trails Near Big Sur CA

Big Sur has 165 trails in the vicinity, including 150 hiking trails and 5 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.4 to 35.4 miles in length. The longest trail in Big Sur is Ventana Double Cone via Big Pines Trail a well-known trail measuring 35.4 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Sykes Camp Trail - The Hot Springs Hike, Tassajara Road and Old Coast Road. Trails.com member Sarah B. recently completed Boronda Trail to Coast Ridge Road.

More information on the best trails in Big Sur can be found below.
  • Sykes Camp Trail - The Hot Springs Hike

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur to Sykes Camp is the most popular hike in the Ventana Wilderness. Its popularity has nothing to do with the excellent trail, views of the forest and ocean, the ...
    •  2–4 days
    •  19.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur to Sykes Camp is the most popular hike in the Ventana Wilderness. Its popularity has nothing ...

  • Pfeiffer Beach

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Pfeiffer Beach is a white sand beach surrounded by towering headland cliffs with Pfeiffer Point to the south. Dramatic offshore sea stacks have been sculpted by the wind and pounding surf, creating ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Pfeiffer Beach is a white sand beach surrounded by towering headland cliffs with Pfeiffer Point to the south. Dramatic offshore ...

  • Oak Grove Trail

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The Oak Grove Trail traverses a beautiful, forested hillside through several natural ecosystems in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The plant communities range from dry chaparral to hardwood forests ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Oak Grove Trail traverses a beautiful, forested hillside through several natural ecosystems in Pfeiffer Big Sur State ...

  • Pfeiffer Beach

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Pfeiffer Beach is a white sand beach surrounded by towering headland cliffs within the Los Padres National Forest. Pfeiffer Point extends outward at the south end of the beach. Dramatic offshore ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Pfeiffer Beach is a white sand beach surrounded by towering headland cliffs within the Los Padres National Forest. Pfeiffer ...

  • Canyon Falls

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Less than a mile inland from McWay Falls, Canyon Falls dances down a narrow gorge that seems a world away. Follow McWay Creek downstream, and you can witness its final descent into the sea. Follow ...
    •  1.5-3 hours
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Less than a mile inland from McWay Falls, Canyon Falls dances down a narrow gorge that seems a world away. Follow McWay Creek ...

  • McWay Falls and Saddle Rock Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    McWay Falls pours 80 feet onto the sand along the edge of the Pacific at the mouth of McWay Canyon. The waterfall drops off the granite bluff in a scenic, wooded beach cove lined with offshore ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.7 miles
    •  Guide

    McWay Falls pours 80 feet onto the sand along the edge of the Pacific at the mouth of McWay Canyon. The waterfall drops off ...

  • Gorge Trail

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The Gorge Trail leads into a narrow gorge to cascades and several swimming holes along the Big Sur River. The trail follows two short, unmaintained paths bordering the rocky east and west banks ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Gorge Trail leads into a narrow gorge to cascades and several swimming holes along the Big Sur River. The trail follows ...

  • Boronda Trail to Coast Ridge Road

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The Boronda Trail is a very steep trail that climbs from Highway 1, on the cliff above the coastline, to Timber Top Camp, along the Coast Ridge Road. The primitive camp, which sits on a flat ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Boronda Trail is a very steep trail that climbs from Highway 1, on the cliff above the coastline, to Timber Top Camp, ...

  • McWay Canyon to Canyon Falls

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    This easy hike begins from the main entrance of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and meanders up McWay Canyon through a rich, atmospheric coastal redwood forest. The shaded path parallels McWay ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy hike begins from the main entrance of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and meanders up McWay Canyon through a rich, ...

  • Pfeiffer Beach Trail

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The short, sandy trail to the beach is the threshold into a surreal canvas of white sand against a backdrop of wave-sculpted rock arches. This beach’s isolated beauty and firmly packed sand combine ...
    •  0.5 hour
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The short, sandy trail to the beach is the threshold into a surreal canvas of white sand against a backdrop of wave-sculpted ...

  • Old Coast Road from Andrew Molera State Park to Bixby Landing

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Before the Bixby Bridge was completed in 1932, the Old Coast Road was the main route from Big Sur into Carmel. Today the graceful bridge is not only a lovely concrete structure, but it lets cars ...
    •  18.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Before the Bixby Bridge was completed in 1932, the Old Coast Road was the main route from Big Sur into Carmel. Today the ...

  • Andrew Molera State Park Campground

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Go to Andrew Molera State Park and walk the 1-mile trail to the ocean. The beach is awesome—4 miles of Big Sur’s longest sandy stretches. Find sea fig, sand verbena, silverwood, and beach primrose ...
    •  Guide

    Go to Andrew Molera State Park and walk the 1-mile trail to the ocean. The beach is awesome—4 miles of Big Sur’s longest ...

  • Old Coast Road

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    A wonderful drive through coastal forest complete with moss-draped trees, ferns and gurgling brooks. A peaceful and beautiful alternative, if only for a short distance, to the traffic on Highway ...
    •  Easy
    •  1 hour
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A wonderful drive through coastal forest complete with moss-draped trees, ferns and gurgling brooks. A peaceful and beautiful ...

  • Limekiln Trail to the limekilns

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Limekiln State Park is named after the on-site stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime in the 1 880s. The lime was used as an ingredient in cement. The Limekiln ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Limekiln State Park is named after the on-site stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime ...

  • Vicente Flat from Kirk Creek Campground

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Vicente Flat is a large, beautiful camp on the banks of Hare Canyon Creek in the Ventana Wilderness. The camp sits in a grove of majestic old-growth redwoods and a sunny meadow the size of a ...
    •  6 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Vicente Flat is a large, beautiful camp on the banks of Hare Canyon Creek in the Ventana Wilderness. The camp sits in a grove ...

  • Hare Creek Trail and shoreline

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Limekiln State Park is a magnificent 71 6-acre park and campground tucked into a narrow valley on the southern end of Big Sur. Three year-round creeks flow through the park under the shade of ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Limekiln State Park is a magnificent 71 6-acre park and campground tucked into a narrow valley on the southern end of Big ...

  • Pacific Valley Flats

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Pacific Valley is a four-mile long, flat marine terrace. The wide expanse extends west from the steep slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the serrated bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. This ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Pacific Valley is a four-mile long, flat marine terrace. The wide expanse extends west from the steep slopes of the Santa ...

  • Kirk Creek Beach Trail

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Kirk Creek Campground sits on the bluffs overlooking the ocean with magnificent views north to Lopez Point. The trail to the beach crosses the grassy marine terrace to dramatic eroded cliffs ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Kirk Creek Campground sits on the bluffs overlooking the ocean with magnificent views north to Lopez Point. The trail to ...

  • Redwood Trail to Limekilns Limekiln Creek State Park

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    The Limekiln Trail leads to four massive stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime in the 1880s. The lime was used as an ingredient in cement. The Limekiln Trail ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Limekiln Trail leads to four massive stone and steel kilns used to purify quarried limestone into powdered lime in the ...

  • Partington Cove Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Partington Cove sits at the northern boundary of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The trail to the cove descends down Partington Canyon on an old dirt road. Partington Creek, which carved the ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Partington Cove sits at the northern boundary of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The trail to the cove descends down Partington ...

  • Pfeiffer Falls – Valley View Loop Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Pfeiffer Falls spills 60 feet over granite rock in a small fern grotto. The moist, fern-lined trail follows Pfeiffer-Redwood Creek up the canyon through a redwood forest to the base of the falls. ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Pfeiffer Falls spills 60 feet over granite rock in a small fern grotto. The moist, fern-lined trail follows Pfeiffer-Redwood ...

  • Molera Beach

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    For constantly being by the ocean, there is remarkably little coastal access from Hwy. 1 on the Big Sur coast. The jagged rocks and sheer cliffs that make the region so spectacular also make ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    For constantly being by the ocean, there is remarkably little coastal access from Hwy. 1 on the Big Sur coast. The jagged ...

  • Ewoldsen Trail

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Big Sur is exceptional country. Open redwood forest lines creeks gurgling clear as glass, mountains rise thousands of feet above the foaming surf, and bare golden hilltops offer sweeping vistas ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Big Sur is exceptional country. Open redwood forest lines creeks gurgling clear as glass, mountains rise thousands of feet ...

  • Manuel Peak Trail

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Outstanding views keynote this hike, which begins in the redwood groves of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and ends overlooking the immense expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Much of this hike is spent ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Outstanding views keynote this hike, which begins in the redwood groves of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and ends overlooking ...

  • Mount Carmel Trail

    0 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    Views, views, views, and more views. There is a 360-degree panorama of views from the summit of Mount Carmel, but you had better hurry. Since the fire lookout burned down in the 1950s, the brush ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Views, views, views, and more views. There is a 360-degree panorama of views from the summit of Mount Carmel, but you had ...