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Pfeiffer Fall and Valley View Trail

Take a nice hike through the redwoods to Pfeiffer Fall followed by a walk to a stunning view of the Big Sur valley below
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  If you are going to hike only one trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, this trail should be it. It is only 0.7 miles through massive... more »

Tips:  Park at the main lot near the lodge and walk a little ways up the street, or drive along the road towards the trailhead where you may ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

After parking in the nearby parking lot, head towards the trailhead which is clearly marked. It is about 0.7 miles to the base of Pfeiffer Fall and mostly uphill.

2. Junction

After almost 0.5 miles into the hike you will arrive at an intersection with trails in each direction. Pfeiffer Fall is about 0.2 miles further to the right and the trail is flat with some downhill near the end.

To the left is the Valley View Trail which leads about 0.3 miles uphill to views of the Big Sur valley.

3. Pfeiffer Fall

Pfeiffer Fall may not be an extremely impressive waterfall by some standards but it is definitely worth the short scenic hike. The 35ft waterfall comes off Redwood Creek and is relatively low in volume, which means that timing can make a huge differente. Hike this trail after a large rainstorm to see the waterfall at its fullest. In the dry... More

4. Rest stop with a view

Here you will find a wooden bench where you can enjoy the nice view of the valley while you recover from the uphill climb.

5. Valley View

At the end of the valley view trail there is a small open area where you can enjoy the view of the valley below. There is also a bench here where you can sit to recover from your uphill hike, although it may already be occupied on a busy day because this trail is one of the park's more popular hikes (after the trail to Pfeiffer Fall).

To the... More