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“Ewoldsen Trail”

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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US$680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

While most reviews are about the overlook of the beach waterfall, which is indeed spectacular, most of the Julian Pfeiffer Burns State Park is on the inland side of Hwy 1. The Ewoldsen loop trail, about 6-7 miles I think if you do the whole thing, is a moderately difficult loop hike for more experienced hikers. It is one of our favorite trails anywhere. You pass through several microclimates with totally different flora communities, which is really neat, and then at the top you reach a commanding view of the entire Bid Sur coastline. We don't usually see much wildlife on the trail, but the scenery totally makes up for it. It is the best trail we have experienced in Big Sur. I recommend arriving early, as this park is usually deserted before 10:00 am but starts getting busy around lunchtime and on.

1  Thank Jonnymar
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

It's a very picturesque location. The photos will be lovely. You may have to wait in a long line to park inside the park, but luckily, if you decide to park alongside the road instead, it's not that long of a walk from the road to get to the good stuff inside the park. If you're driving along PCH and you want to see some great sights, this one is one to mark on the must-see list.

2  Thank Newhiker1
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

One of the most beautiful places on the shoreline in Big Sur. Short walk is easy for most and worth the amazing vista views.

2  Thank Coral D
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

The Big Sur area is renowned for the breathtaking views of the Pacific that it offers. If you have just a day to drive the SFO to Big Sur part of Highway 1, make sure you make time to visit this state park. There are two ways of getting to the popular McWay falls. One option is to park on Highway 1 and take some steps down to the trail to the falls. This option is probably harder on weekends when there is a huge crowd. The other option is to enter the state park and park over there. The trail to the falls from here is slightly longer but still takes only 5-10 minutes. The McWay falls itself is gorgeous. How I wish I had access to the li'l stretch of sandy beach located near the falls!

1  Thank Haritha M
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Definitely a cool stop if you're doing Big Sur. Two very simple walks to 1) beautiful redwoods at one end and 2) McWay Falls and a great lookout at the other. Didn't spend much time exploring the rest of the park, but definitely worth the visit.

1  Thank Connor K
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