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."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"Experience the interface between redwood forest and oak woodland on the trail to Pfeiffer Falls."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is home to lush forests and open mead- ows surrounding the Big Sur River along Highway 1 ."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes on the California Central Coast (Day Hike Books).
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