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Big Sur McWay Falls


Although a short trail, McWay Falls should be (and likely is) seen by every traveller along Highway 1. The trail is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and provides both southern and northern Coastal views.

If there is a single most popular image of Big Sur, it is probably of the 80 foot falls seen from this trail as McWay Creek cascades onto the sandy shore.

Length: .64 miType: Out and BackDifficulty: EasyElev gain: 50 feetParking Fee: YesRestrooms: yes

The SealsOne of the biggest thrills on your trip up or down Highway 1 will be a stop south of Big Sur at the fascinating Piedra Blancas elephant seal rookery.

Hunted nearly to extinction in the late 1800’s, elephant seals have made a remarkable recovery after a small group of between 20-100 seals off the coast of Baja California survived. Today, they are a protected marine mammal, and their numbers are thriving!

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