Canyon Falls

Big Sur, California

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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 McWay Creek upstream, and you can watch it tumble down a steep gorge crowded with redwoods. The trailhead is located at the uphill end of the day-use parking area, signed for the Canyon and Ewoldsen Trails. Pass through the picnic area, squeeze past a large boulder, and begin climbing into McWay Canyon. The creek is a boisterous companion, running in cataracts with drops 2 to 4 feet high.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

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 McWay Creek upstream, and you can watch it tumble down a steep gorge crowded with redwoods.

The trailhead is located at the uphill end of the day-use parking area, signed for the Canyon and Ewoldsen Trails. Pass through the picnic area, squeeze past a large boulder, and begin climbing into McWay Canyon. The creek is a boisterous companion, running in cataracts with drops 2 to 4 feet high.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Sur
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Station #1 / 47555 CA 1, Big Sur, CA 93920; (831) 649-2836; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Partington Ridge CA; park map available at the park’s entrance station or online
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon Falls

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