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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park : TRAILS

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BUZZARD'S ROOST 
3 miles roundtrip
This moderate loop hike follows the Big Sur River then climbs through shady redwoods to an exposed sunny ridge with a panoramic view of the ocean, Sycamore Canyon and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Starts across the river from the Redwood Deck.
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NATURE TRAIL
.7 mile roundtrip
This easy self-guided trail offers an opportunity to learn about Big Sur's native plants. Starting across from Day use Lot #2, look for the printed nature guides at the trail head.
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RIVER PATH and WARDEN'S PATH
.6 mile loop
Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible, this loop trail also allows dogs. Following the bank of the Big Sur River, the trail passes through the Redwood Deck and includes a number of picnic areas.
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VALLEY VIEW and PFEIFFER FALLS TRAIL **VALLEY VIEW TRAIL IS OPEN. PFEIFFER FALLS TRAIL REMAINS CLOSED**
2 miles roundtrip
Climb a moderate-strenuous 750 feet through a Redwood and Oak woodland to a fork in the trail. Take the left fork to the Valley View Overlook, where you will be rewarded with a tremendous view of the Big Sur River Valley, Pt. Sur and Andrew Molera State Park. Backtrack and take the right fork for a view of Pfeiffer Falls, a 60-foot waterfall.
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BIG SUR RIVER GORGE
.5 mile round trip
This paved trail leads you to the Big Sur River Gorge, an undeveloped natural area. Adventurous hikers may continue on by wading in the river and climbing along boulders and logs. Use extreme caution as loose rocks, slippery surfaces and unstable soils create extremely hazardous conditions. Diving and jumping into the river is prohibited.
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MT. MANUEL TRAIL
8 miles roundtrip
Beginning in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, this trail enters U.S. Forest Service land after the first mile. A strenouous climb, it offers tremendous views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and distant ocean. Bring a hat and lots of water as it is sunny and exposed most of the way.

PINE RIDGE TRAIL ** CLOSED **
23 miles one way
Primarily a Ventana Wilderness Trail, the first 2.5 miles skirt above and around Pfeiffer Big Sur's campground and River Gorge. The trailhead is located at the Big Sur Station. This trail is extremely popular on weekends and holidays when many backpackers are drawn to Sykes Hot Springs, a strenous 10-mile (6-7 hour) one-way hike. Dogs are allowed on this trail. Expect a large crowd on any nice day.

Mt Manuel trail

Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak