My mother and I headed the hour south of Monterey one day for some hiking in Big Sur. We went to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (not to be confused with Pfeiffer State Park which is 12 miles away) which was recommended to us as the best place to hike for a day trip. First of all, a little helpful tip, be sure you have $10 cash to get into the state parks because they don’t have change (they just give you an envelope to put your money in and then you have to drop it in a box, mom and I were scrounging for exact change and ended up having to give them a $20, extra donation to the park I guess).
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park had 2 main trails. The first one we went on was the McWay Waterfall Trail which was close to a mile out and back. It was a nice flat easy trail and would be accessible to most people. On top of that is was gorgeous, you can’t beat these Pacific Ocean views.
The other trail we hiked was the Ewoldson Trail which was about 4.5 miles long and headed through the beautiful redwood tree groves. While this trail was gorgeous, it was tough! The whole trail tracked up and down through the hills, which felt like mountains! It was a rough one and took us about 2.5 hours to do. Take water for sure as it gets hot at the top of the hills/mountains when you’re out of the redwood groves.
Have you ever been to Big Sur?
Hiking Big Sur, new addition to your bucket list?