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

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.

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Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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." Read more
Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"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." Read more
Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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." Read more
Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides)
Dan Brett
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"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." Read more

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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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Trail Information

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Nearby City
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Parks
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Partington Ridge
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Dec 2018