Pacific Valley Flats

Big Sur, California 93920

Pacific Valley Flats

Pacific Valley Flats Professional Review and 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 the serrated bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. This hike crosses the grassy coastal terrace to the eroded coastline a hundred feet above the ocean. There are dramatic views of Plaskett Rock, offshore rock formations with natural arches, and the scalloped coastal cliffs. There are numerous access points to the grassland terrace."

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"Despite its name, this is not a valley, but 3 miles of gently sloping marine terrace. The flat coastal expanse represents a dramatic change from the Big Sur’s trademark steep topography and offers some of the easiest hiking and beach access in the area. Bluff trails lead to daunting cliffs and promontories with spectacular views of the boulder-strewn coastline. Keep watch for passing whales, as well as seals and otters amid the nearshore kelp forests."

"Pacific Valley is a flat, four-mile-long marine terrace along the southern Monterey County coastline. The broad expanse extends west from the steep slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the serrated bluffs above the Pacific Ocean. This hike crosses the grassy coastal terrace to the eroded coastal bluff a hundred feet above the ocean. There are dramatic views of Plaskett Rock, offshore rock formations with natural arches, and the scalloped coastal cliffs. Numerous access points lead to the grassland terrace. This hike begins across from the Pacific Valley Ranger Station."

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Trail Information

Big Sur
Nearby City
2
Distance
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Cape San Martin - Los Padres National Forest Northern Section Trail Map
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Sep 2018