Ewoldsen Trail

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California

Distance3.1mi
Elevation Gain4,379ft
Trailhead Elevation242ft
Top1,476ft
Elevation Min/Max239/1476ft
Elevation Start/End242/242ft

Ewoldsen Trail

Ewoldsen Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 242 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,379 feet. The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (elevation 249 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There are also picnic sites and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Waters Trail.

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101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"Big Sur is exceptional country. Open redwood forest lines creeks gurgling clear as glass, mountains rise thousands of feet above the foaming surf, and bare golden hilltops offer sweeping vistas of it all." Read more
Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"This hike is a semi-loop with gorgeous coastal views. You’ll follow boulderladen McWay Creek in the shade of redwoods before ascending a ridgetop more than 1600 feet above the sea. In winter and spring, gray whales skirt the shore on their migration route between Baja and Alaska. Watch for their blowholes and arching backs from the open bluffs." Read more
"This awesome hike showcases many of the best features of the Big Sur region in grand fashion. Abundant redwoods and waterfalls, epic coastal vistas, and a rugged meeting of sea and land are all part of this memorable trip." Read more
"The Ewoldsen Trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park leads through a dense coastal redwood forest in McWay Canyon. The trail crosses several bridges as it heads up to the steep ridge separating McWay and Partington Canyons. From the grassy coastal cliffs are amazing overlooks perched on the edge of the cliffs. The views extend across the park and far beyond, showcasing the jagged coastline and endless mountain ridges and valleys. En route to the ridgetop overlooks is Canyon Falls, a long, narrow, two-tiered waterfall on the South Fork of McWay Creek (Hike 49). The 30-foot cataract cascades off fern-covered rock cliffs in a lush grotto at the back of a serene canyon." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is home to one of the world’s most striking waterfalls. McWay Creek drops 80 feet straight off a cliff and directly onto the beach below. Its visage appears on postcards, pictures, and calendars around the world. This trail encompasses a famous overlook to the falls, and a somewhat less popular though frequented hike along McWay Creek and up through its canyon, known as the Ewoldsen Trail. This beautiful canyon is home to many towering redwoods. A babbling brook runs alongside and below the well-shaded trail, which ambles gently for the first half mile until the climb begins for the beach overlook. Wildflowers are common in the spring and during times of runoff." Read more
"The Ewoldsen Trail in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park leads through a dense coastal redwood forest in McWay Canyon. The trail cross- es several bridges as it heads up to the steep ridge separating McWay and Partington Canyons. From the grassy coastal cliffs are amazing overlooks perched on the edge of the cliffs. The views extend across the park and far beyond, showcasing the jagged coastline and endless mountain ridges and valleys. En route to the ridgetop overlooks is Canyon Falls, a long, narrow, two- tiered waterfall on the South Fork of McWay Creek. The 70-foot cataract cascades off fern-covered rock cliffs in a lush grotto at the back of a serene canyon." Read more

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11/17/2007
We were in the Monterey/Salinas area for several days and searched for a day hike. I considered other trails but decided to do the Pinnacles High Peaks Trail (PHPT). It has a great ascend for the first couple of miles which may feel forever if you're not physically fit. The park has great views every angle you look. Once you get to the peak, there are several paths that they call steep and narrow. They've carved steps on the stones accompanied with a hand rail which was nice. The descend was as picturesque as the ascend. Overall a great hike and we did it in 3 hours.
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5/5/2006
It's hard to imagine a more beautiful trail. We saw 15 different kinds of wildflowers, and the views were dramatic. The part of the trail that was carved out by the CCC is really cool. It allows you to climb up and around the pinnacle rocks. The experience is quite unique. I highly reccommend this trail, but if possible try to go during the week. It can be very crowded on weekends.
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Kid-friendly
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USGS 7.5-min. Partington Ridge
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