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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - McWay Falls
What? : One of the
most beautiful waterfalls I ever saw, a highly recommended stop, if you are in
a harry this stop can be very short, just to see the waterfall from the
Where? : Located 41.5
miles south of Monterey on hwy 1. The main park entrance is on the east side of
the road (left of you are coming from the north).
Due note: The best time
to visit here and view the waterfall is at the afternoon sunset hours, the
sunset at the west color the cliffs with read pastel colors. The problem is
that this location is at the middle of the big sure hwy 1 section, so no matter
if you are coming from the south or the north probably you still have a lot of
driving ahead of you, driving that better not be done at dark, you will miss
all the views.
Due note 1: Cliff areas
beyond the fenced boundaries, including the beach, saddle rock and the McWay
Falls area are completely off limits.
Due note 2: Fee envelopes
for self-registration are located at the self-pay station near the restrooms.
My thoughts: McWay Falls area
one of the most beautiful waterfall location I ever saw, the large cliffs surrounding
the small bay, Saddle Rock formation, the blue ocean water crashing into the bay
and the waterfall just complete the view. I came here especially for sunset view
and I did not regret the long drive.
Burns State Park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot
ridges. It features redwoods and an amazing picturesque 80-foot waterfall that
drops from granite cliffs into the ocean waters below. The park named after
Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country.
If you are coming
from north my recommendation is to is to stop first just before the park entrance
on the roadside and see the view from above, you can also stop later in the
From the main parking
lot there is a short flat hiking trail that cross underneath the road through a
small tunnel to the viewpoint above the bay, the waterfall is just in front of you
on the other side of the bay.
parking lot there is a small picnic area and from there is a trail that will
take you into the creek where redwood trees are growing. Additional trail will
take you to the top of the mountain ridge high above the ocean below.
I came only to
see the waterfall so did not hike in this park.
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