Day Hikes around Big Sur
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
Intermittently overgrown with shoulder-high brush for the first half-mile or so until it begins to seriously drop to the creek. Possibly lots of ticks in wet season. Tons of poison oak, some hard to avoid (sections are extremely narrow). Some steep ankle-twisting areas prior to the last descent. Humidity in the deeper forest prevents effective evaporation of perspiration (a bit "sticky"). Trail somewhat indistinct after the described fork (recent (?) falls of deadwood). I turned back at that point.
Idyllic redwood-lined creek with pools, waterfalls, and surprisingly strong water flow in the middle of one of a particularly dry summer. Amazing sense of isolation among the forest. Not heavily travelled. Saw snakes, various birds, lizards. Cool ferny stretches near the bottom.
The bottom line:
Recommended, but with some reservations.
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