Day Hikes around Big Sur
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
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This is a lovely wooded trail right off of Highway 1. It's uphill at first but after about 1/2 mile it's an easy, flat stroll through the woods above the creek. There aren't many views until you get all of the way out to the road but the secluded feel to the walk is nice. At about mile 2, you cross the creek through a nice backpacking camp, which would be a great spot for an overnight and a good first backpack trip with kids. There are two major drawbacks to the trail: Lots of gnats flying around your head and poison oak leaning out into the trail waiting to brush your legs and arms. I recommend long pants!
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