Buzzards Roost Trail

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California

Elevation Gain2,281ft
Trailhead Elevation210ft
Elevation Min/Max201/978ft
Elevation Start/End210/210ft
Buzzards Roost Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is two miles long and begins at 210 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,281 feet. The Big Sur Lodge hotel is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and a restaurant. Along the trail there is a tower.

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"This trail follows the south bank of the Big Sur beneath a canopy of redwoods and tanoaks before climbing Pfeiffer Ridge. Despite the promise of gorgeous overlooks of the Santa Lucia Range and Pacific, the trail is little used. You may find yourself alone at the top with large turkey vultures that roost in the redwoods below. In summer, fog envelops the coast, obscuring views. Fog is less likely in the spring and fall, while winter views between storms are often spectacular. Strong winds are always a factor atop the open ridge—bring a windbreaker or sweater year-round."

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park