Partington Cove Trail

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California

Distance0.3mi
Elevation Gain383ft
Trailhead Elevation253ft
Top290ft
Elevation Min/Max78/290ft
Elevation Start/End253/253ft
Partington Cove Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 253 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 383 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information guidepost and parkings. The 38.0 information guidepost can be seen along the trail.

Partington Cove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Partington Cove sits at the northern boundary of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along a pristine and rugged section of the Big Sur coastline. The trail to the enclosed cove descends down Partington Canyon on an old wagon route. The creek, which carved the canyon, empties into the ocean at the rocky west cove. A 1 20-foot manmade tunnel was cut through the cliffs over 1 00 years ago, leading to the east cove (an isolated, sheltered cove) and Partington Landing. The tunnel was a transit route to haul tanbark to the ships moored in Partington Cove. The histori- cal landing was used as a shipping dock in the 1 880s by home- steader John Partington."

"This short, steady descent traces Partington Creek’s final yards to sea, merging in a cove with stunning natural features and rich cultural history. In the 1870s the site served as a port from which tanoak bark was shipped to the tanning industry in San Francisco. Local legend has it the cove was also used as a booze smuggling port during Prohibition in the 1920s. Expect crowds in summer and on weekends."

"Partington Cove sits at the northern boundary of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along a pristine and rugged section of the Big Sur coastline. The trail to the enclosed cove descends down Partington Canyon on an old wagon route. The creek, which carved the canyon, empties into the ocean at the rocky west cove. A 1 20-foot manmade tunnel was cut through the cliffs over 1 00 years ago, leading to the east cove (an isolated, sheltered cove) and Partington Landing. The tunnel was a transit route to haul tanbark to the ships moored in Partington Cove. The historical landing was used as a shipping dock in the 1 880s by homesteader John Partington."

"Partington Cove sits at the northern boundary of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The trail to the cove descends down Partington Canyon on an old dirt road. Partington Creek, which carved the canyon, empties into the ocean at the small rocky west cove. A 120-foot tunnel has been cut through the cliffs, leading to the east cove and Partington Landing. The landing was used as a shipping dock for timber in the 1880s by homesteader John Partington."

"A short gem of a hike, perfect for stretching the legs on a long Big Sur road trip. The trail is easy to miss, but well worth finding. Beginning at a small dirt turnoff along California Highway 1, the trail heads down into Partington Canyon, then heads straight through 100 feet of rock, thanks to a historic tunnel built in the late nineteenth century by enterprising settlers. The tunnel grants access to a tiny cove once used by ranchers and rumrunners to load and unload cargo."

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5/21/2009
This is interesting, not many people, yet different and picturesque. ?Go exporing around the point - yet you can't make it all the way from cove to cove, but close.
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