Partington Cove


What? : 

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

Where? :

39.5 mile south of Monterey on Highway 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.

Only a short hike from the cliff road and you find yourself in a secluded cove where ocean wave crashing into.

I do not consider this as a must stop on your highway 1 trip but I enjoy exploring it.


The visit:

The 1.5-mile hike down and back up to Partington Cove begins at the top of a gated fire road on the west side of Highway 1.

This will take you probably 30-60 minutes depending how much time you want to spend in the ocean below.

From here the trail sharply descends toward the coast below.

The main trail turns left across a wooden 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.

If you walk straights in the main creek you will reach the opening of the creek to rocky ocean cove.


Additional Pictures:

Pictures from my March 2023 visit: