Pfeiffer Falls Trail

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California 95039

Elevation Gain128ft
Trailhead Elevation622ft
Elevation Min/Max548/622ft
Elevation Start/End622/622ft

Pfeiffer Falls Trail

Pfeiffer Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 622 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 128 feet. The trail ends near the Pfeiffer Falls attraction. This trail connects with the following: Valley View Trail.

Pfeiffer Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Unquestionably one of the most popular hikes in Big Sur, this short, easy 0.7-mile trail leads past ancient redwoods to the base of the 60-foot cascade. Expect crowds in summer, when the park campground often fills. The falls are most impressive during the winter wet season, when lush ferns, fungi, and mosses line the canyon."

"The short hike to Pfeiffer Falls features many of the best features
of the Big Sur area in one small and easy package. A walk through
beautiful redwoods and a detour to an overlook high above the Big
Sur Valley lead to the pretty waterfall set in a rocky canyon."

"Experience the interface between redwood forest and oak woodland on the trail to Pfeiffer Falls."

"Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is home to lush forests and open mead- ows surrounding the Big Sur River along Highway 1 ."

"This hike is an easy combination of two hikes. The world-famous Big Sur Lodge is located within the park’s confines. This is the most frequented and heavily visited park in the region, making it somewhat heavily trafficked, but still enjoyable. Strolling through the peaceful redwood forest, it is easy to attain a sense of calm and relish the serenity of the tranquil surroundings. The trees here are some of the tallest and best specimens in the Big Sur area, including magnificent redwoods."

"Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is home to lush forests and open meadows surrounding the Big Sur River along Highway 1 . This hike follows a moist, fern-lined trail along Pfeiffer-Redwood Creek up a steep-walled canyon through a redwood forest to the base of Pfeiffer Falls."

"Pfeiffer Falls spills 60 feet over granite rock in a small fern grotto. The moist, fern-lined trail follows Pfeiffer-Redwood Creek up the canyon through a redwood forest to the base of the falls. On the return, the Valley View Trail climbs out of the canyon into an oak and chaparral woodland. From an overlook are sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Range, the Big Sur Valley, Point Sur and the blue Pacific Ocean."

Pfeiffer Falls Trail Reviews

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I only did a short portion of this trail although I wish I could have done all of it when reading the description. I hiked up to the view portion of the trail and it was stunning. I still think about that view when sitting in my little orange cubicle. It's a terrific sweeping view of the ocean, the falls, and the cliffs north of the falls. Every color was so vibrant and everywhere I looked there was some incredible characteristic of Mother Nature to behold. I will definitely go back.

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Trail Information

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Nearby City
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
47225 Highway 1, Big Sur 93920; (831) 667-2315;
Local Contacts
USGS Big Sur CA; map available in the park brochure and online
Local Maps

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