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Big Sur offers a wide range of hiking trails for all levels of hikers. Pull on your boots and hike deep into the tree lined canyons of beautiful redwoods thought to be seen only in postcards. And there is nothing that can compare to the experience of climbing a mountain path that leads you to a ridge top where the clean air fills your lungs and at the same moment takes your breath away as you look out over the panoramic views of the Big Sur valley.  All these trails of wonders in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park are all right outside your door. Step off the porch and begin your adventure.

Hiking to Pfeiffer Falls
And, remember being a guest of Big Sur Lodge gives you free admission to three Big Sur State Parks for exploring the Big Sur Wilderness: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where you are staying as well as Andrew Molera State Park, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

The following are some suggestions of some hikes you might enjoy at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.


Pfeiffer Falls: 1.4 miles roundtrip.  A scenic hike along Pfeiffer Big Sur Creek through one of the park's finest redwood groves ends at a 60-foot high waterfall.

Valley View: 2 miles roundtrip from trailhead or 1/2 mile from Pfeiffer Falls to beautiful views of Point Sur and the Big Sur Valley.

Easy to Moderate

Oak Grove Trail: 3 miles roundtrip from the Big Sur Lodge. This trail intersects with the Pfeiffer Falls trail. There is a variety of ecosystems beginning with redwood groves, open oak woodlands, and dry chaparral.


Buzzard's Roost: 4.8 miles roundtrip loop.  Along shady redwoods to a switchback trail through tan oaks and bay trees, peaking at Pfeiffer Ridge with beautiful coastal views.


Mount Manuel Trail: Beginning at the Oak Grove Trail, 8 miles roundtrip. A steep climb to the top of 3,379 foot Manuel Peak.

Andrew Molera State Park

(Directions: Travel north 5 miles on Highway 1. Turn left after the sign. Complimentary pass to Andrew Molera State Park is included with your stay at Big Sur Lodge)


Creamery Meadow to Molera Beach: 2 miles roundtrip. A stroll through Creamery Meadow to a driftwood covered Molera beach.

Moderate to Strenuous

Molera 8-mile loop: 8 miles roundtrip.  A combination of the Ridge Trail, the Panorama Trail and the Bluffs Trail with great coastal views and beach access.

Many of the trails at Andrew Molera have mountain bike access. Directly across Highway 1 from Andrew Molera is the entrance to the Old Coast Road, which is also good for mountain bike riding.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

(Directions: 11 miles south on Highway One, turn left at the sign. Access to this day use park is included with your stay at Big Sur Lodge.


McWay Waterfall Trail: .64 mile roundtrip. A quick walk to an overlook facing McWay Falls, an incredible 80-foot waterfall that drops directly onto the sandy beach.

Moderate to Strenuous

Ewoldsen Trail: 4.5 miles roundtrip. A loop trail starting in the redwood forest by McWay Creek and climbing to incredible coastal views.

USFS Pfeiffer Beach

(Directions: Travel 1/2 mile south on Highway 1, take 2nd right at single lane road. Two miles to the beach. (Day Use Fee: $5.00 per car)