Partington Cove


What? : A small hidden ocean cove, a short trail will take you down from hwy 1 road to the ocean level below.

Where? : 39.5 mile south of Monterey on hwy 1 you will find a sign for this location at sharp bend in Highway 1, park on the side of the road. This is 6 miles south of Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, and 2 miles north of the entrance to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

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My thoughts: Partington Cove is another example how beautiful Big Sur coastline can be, short hike from the cliff and you find yourself in a secluded cove where ocean wave crashing into. I do not consider this a s a must stop on your hwy 1 trip but I enjoy exploring it.


The visit:

The 1.5-mile hike to Partington Cove begins at the top of a gated fire road on the west side of Highway 1. From here the trail sharply descends toward the coast below. The main trail turns left across a bridge to Partington Cove, then it turns right and reaches a 60-foot tunnel carved through a wall of rock. The tunnel was constructed in the 1880s for John Partington, who transported oak from the Tanbark forests in the mountains above to ships moored in the protected small cove.

On the other side of the tunnel, you will reach the rocky and rugged Partington Cove.