Big Sur, CA Trails and Parks

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 most popular trails are Sykes Camp Trail - The Hot Springs Hike, Tassajara Road and Old Coast Road. Trails.com member Sarah B. recently completed Tan Bark Trail & Fire Road Loop.
  • Sykes Camp Trail - The Hot Springs HikeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    •  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 to do with the ...

  • Pfeiffer BeachView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 sea stacks have ...

  • Oak Grove TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Park. The plant communities ...

  • Pine Ridge Trail to Terrace Creek Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Ventana WildernessView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  5.5 hours
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pine Ridge Trail is a key access route to numerous camps and trails throughout the expansive Ventana Wilderness. The trailhead begins at ...

  • Pfeiffer BeachView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

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

  • Canyon FallsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 downstream, and ...

  • McWay Falls and Saddle Rock Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 the granite bluff ...

  • Gorge TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 two short, unmaintained ...

  • Boronda Trail to Coast Ridge RoadView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, along the Coast Ridge ...

  • McWay Canyon to Canyon FallsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, atmospheric coastal ...

  • Pfeiffer Beach TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 rock arches. This ...

  • Old Coast Road from Andrew Molera State Park to Bixby LandingView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 graceful bridge is not ...

  • Andrew Molera State Park CampgroundView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  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 sandy stretches. Find ...

  • Old Coast RoadView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  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 alternative, if ...

  • Limekiln Trail to the limekilnsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 in the 1 880s. The ...

  • Vicente Flat from Kirk Creek CampgroundView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 of majestic old-growth ...

  • Hare Creek Trail and shorelineView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Sur. Three year-round ...

  • Pacific Valley FlatsView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Lucia Mountains to ...

  • Kirk Creek Beach TrailView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 the beach crosses the ...

  • Redwood Trail to Limekilns Limekiln Creek State ParkView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 1880s. The lime was ...

  • Partington Cove Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Canyon on an ...

  • Pfeiffer Falls – Valley View Loop Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Creek up the canyon ...

  • Molera BeachView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 rocks and sheer cliffs ...

  • Ewoldsen TrailView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 above the foaming ...

  • Manuel Peak TrailView Trail Details

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    Big Sur, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 the immense expanse ...