McWay Falls and Saddle Rock

Carmel, California 93922

McWay Falls and Saddle Rock

McWay Falls and Saddle Rock Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"McWay Falls pours 80 feet onto a sandy pocket beach along the edge of the Pacific at the mouth of McWay Canyon (back cover photo). The incredibly scenic waterfall drops off the gran- ite bluff in a wooded beach cove lined with offshore rocks. A handicap accessible trail leads to a viewing area of McWay Cove and the cataract on the 1 00-foot-high bluffs. The pristine beach itself is not accessible. On the south side of the bay is a footpath to a scenic overlook at a cypress-shaded picnic area adjacent to Saddle Rock."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"McWay Falls pours 80 feet onto a sandy pocket beach along the edge of the Pacific at the mouth of McWay Canyon (cover photo). The incredibly scenic waterfall drops off the granite bluff in a wooded beach cove lined with offshore rocks. A handicap-accessible trail leads to a viewing area of McWay Cove and the cataract on the 1 00-foot-high bluffs. The pristine beach itself is not accessible. On the south side of the bay is a footpath to a scenic overlook at a cypress-shaded picnic area adjacent to Saddle Rock." Read more
"This easy hike begins from the main entrance of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and meanders up McWay Canyon through a rich, atmospheric coastal redwood forest. The shaded path parallels McWay Creek up the canyon and ends at Canyon Falls, a long, narrow, two-tiered waterfall on the South Fork of McWay Creek. The 30-foot cataract cascades off fern-covered rock cliffs in a lush grotto at the back of the serene canyon. The trail begins on the Ewoldsen Trail, which continues up to a ridgetop overlook for a longer hiking option (Hike 50)." Read more

McWay Falls and Saddle Rock Reviews

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The most picturesque bay from afar in Big Sur. Well travelled. Do go to the other side of the bay (south side) - most people don't.
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Trail Information

Carmel
Nearby City
0.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Partington Ridge
Local Maps

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Dec 2018