Buzzard's Roost Trail

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain2,281ft
Trailhead Elevation210ft
Top978ft
Elevation Min/Max201/978ft
Elevation Start/End210/210ft

Buzzard's Roost Trail

Buzzard's 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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Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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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."
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Buzzard’s Roost Trail begins as a streamside stroll along the Big Sur River through groves of bay laurel, oak, and huge old-growth redwoods. Switchbacks wind up the forested hillside slope to Pfeiffer Ridge. The trail forms a 1 .7-mile loop along the shrub- lined ridge. From the 1,050-foot Buzzard’s Roost are far-reaching views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean."
Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Buzzard’s Roost Trail begins as a streamside stroll along the Big Sur River through groves of bay laurel, oak, and huge old-growth redwoods. Switchbacks wind up the forested hillside slope to Pfeiffer Ridge. The trail forms a 1 .7-mile loop along the shrublined ridge. From the 1,050-foot Buzzard’s Roost are far-reaching views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean."

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Trail Information

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Nearby City
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Parks
Moderate
Skill Level
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Big Sur and Pfeiffer Point
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