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Monterey, California

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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From Redwoods to Whales

One of many parks that dot the shoreline of Big Sur, it has perhaps the greatest variety of ecologies. From the coast to the steep inland ridges, you can see redwoods, tan oak, madrone and chaparral, all accessible with miles of hiking trails. McWay Cove is the most visited, however, with its 80-foot waterfall (where McWay Creek appears dramatically midway up the cliff before splashing into the sea) and vistas of the ocean and miles of coastline.

From the headlands overlooking the cove, visitors can sometimes see gray whales migrating south along the coast in December and January, and again heading north in March and April. Sometimes, sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions visit the cove, but seabirds are constantly present. Two campsites are available, but they require reservations at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ranger station, 12 miles north.

Utrip Tips

*Here's a few cool hikes to check out:
Pfeiffer Beach
Ewoldsen Trail
Pfeiffer Falls Trail
Mt. Manuel Trail
*Recommended by Local Expert Julie Armstrong

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