McWay Falls

Big Sur, California 93920

McWay Falls

McWay Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is one of Big Sur’s shortest, most spectacular, and most popular trails. You’ll follow McWay Creek a half mile to the viewpoint atop an open bluff for stunning views of the cove and open coastline. Summer crowds are elbow to elbow along this heavily used trail."

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Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"Only one word describes this short hike—surreal! You won’t believe how easy it is to walk to the only major waterfall in California that plunges into the Pacific Ocean." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"The signature waterfall on the Big Sur coast, given its superlative setting, McWay Falls will not disappoint." Read more

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Trail Information

Big Sur
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Dec 2018