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Day hikes around Big Sur : 80 great hikes
Stone, Robert, 1951-
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Red Lodge, Mont. : Day Hike Books ; Guilford, CT : Distributed by Globe Pequot Press, 2003.
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184 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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GV199.42.C22 B547 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Big Sur is an awesome stretch of spectacular coastline in central California, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise over 5,000 feet from the ocean. The area is characterized by craggy coastal head lands backed by mountains and carved canyons. The area¿s topography, as well as its wilderness and national forest designations, have kept Big Sur unspoiled. Day Hikes Around Big Sur includes a cross-section of 80 excellent hikes lying along the coastline and throughout the interior mountains. These hikes accommodate every level of hiking experience, ranging from easy beach strolls to elevated climbs with far reaching views. The trails have been chosen for their scenery, variety, and ability to be hiked within a day. Highlights include isolated beaches, eroded coves with tide pools, rugged marine terraces, redwood and Monterey cypress groves, canyons, waterfalls dropping into mossy glens, oak studded meadows, lighthouses, and numerous overlooks from the ocean to the mountain peaks. Undoubtedly, these hikes include some of the best scenery in Big Sur and California. Each hike includes its own map, accurate driving and hiking directions, and a quick overview of distance/time/elevation. The summaries allow hikers to choose a trail appropriate to their ability and desire. This 184-page book is a comprehensive hiker¿s guide to the Big Sur area. Companion hiking guides, also by Stone, include Day Hikes Around Monterey & Carmel and Day Hikes On the California Central Coast.

Author Notes

Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books for more than a decade. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over a 1000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.



Taking a journey through Big Sur inspires the traveler to explore this beautiful area. Day Hikes Around Big Sur is the essential guide to Big Sur¿s trails, from the coastline to the canyons to the mountain peaks. Each of these 80 hikes along a 75-mile stretch of coastline has its own map, a summary of its highlights, and concise driving and hiking directions. Undoubtedly, the trails reveal some of the best scenery in Big Sur, including rugged marine terraces, eroded inlets and coves, tidepools, old growth forests, redwood groves, lighthouses, canyons, numerous waterfalls, rolling meadows and panoramic vistas from the ocean to the inland mountain peaks. Outstanding views, diverse landscape, and a variety of trails accommodate all levels of hiking experience. Excerpted from Day Hikes Around Big Sur: 80 Great Hikes by Robert Stone All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Big Sur and its Trailsp. 7
Map of the Hikesp. 10
Point Lobos State Reserve
Map of Point Lobos State Reservep. 12
1. Granite Point and Moss Cove Trailsp. 14
2. Whalers Knoll Trailp. 15
3. North Shore Trailp. 18
4. Cypress Grove Trailp. 20
5. Sea Lion Point Trailp. 22
6. Lace Lichen--Mound Meadow--Pine Ridge Loopp. 24
7. South Shore Trailp. 26
8. Bird Island Trail China Cove, Pelican Point and Gibson Beachp. 28
9. South Plateau--Mound Meadow Loopp. 30
Garrapata State Park
10. Soberanes Canyon Trailp. 32
11. Rocky Ridge--Soberanes Canyon Loopp. 34
12. Soberanes Point Trailsp. 36
13. Garrapata Beach and Bluff Trailp. 38
Rocky Point to Point Sur Palo Colorado Road - Old Coast Road
14. Rocky Pointp. 40
15. Skinner Ridge Trail to Skinner Ridge Overlookp. 42
16. Skinner Ridge Trail to Mount Carmelp. 44
17. Little Sur River Campp. 46
18. Pico Blanco Road to Little Sur Riverp. 48
19. Old Coast Road--Northern Accessp. 50
20. Old Coast Road--Southern Accessp. 51
21. Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Parkp. 54
Andrew Molera State Park
Map of Andrew Molera State Parkp. 56
22. Headslands Trail to Molera Pointp. 58
23. Creamery Meadow--Molera Beach Loopp. 60
24. Ridge Trail--Hidden Trail--River Trail Loopp. 62
25. Bluffs--Panorama--Ridge Loopp. 64
26. Bobcat Trail to Coyote Flatp. 66
27. Bobcat--River Loopp. 68
28. East Molera Trailp. 70
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Map of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Parkp. 72
29. Liewald Flatp. 74
30. Buzzard's Roostp. 76
31. Pfeiffer Falls--Valley View Loopp. 78
32. Nature Trailp. 80
33. Gorge Trailp. 82
34. Oak Grove Trailp. 84
35. Mount Manuel Trailp. 86
36. Pine Ridge Trail to Terrace Creekp. 88
37. Coast Ridge Road to Terrace Creek Trailp. 89
38. Pfeiffer Beachp. 92
39. De Angulo Trail to Partington Ridgep. 94
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Map of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Parkp. 96
40. Partington Covep. 98
41. Tanbark Trail to Tin Housep. 100
42. Fire Road Trail to Tin Housep. 101
43. McWay Falls and Saddle Rockp. 104
44. Canyon Trail to Canyon Fallsp. 106
45. Ewoldsen Trailp. 108
Garland Ranch Regional Park
46. Waterfall--Mesa Loopp. 110
47. Snivley's Ridge--Sky Loopp. 112
48. Garzas Canyon--Redwood Canyon--Terrace Loopp. 114
49. Veeder--East Ridge--Terrace Loopp. 115
50. Laureles--Vasquez--Spring Loopp. 118
Interior Big Sur Carmel Valley Road - Tassajara Road Arroyo Seco Road
51. Carmel River Trail to Danish Creek Los Padres Reservoirp. 120
52. Big Pine Trail to Danish Creek Camp Los Padres Reservoirp. 121
53. Anastasia Trail to Cahoon Springp. 124
54. Pine Ridge Trail to Church Creek Dividep. 126
55. Horse Pasture Trail to Horse Pasture Campp. 128
56. Horse Pasture Trail to The Narrows at Tassajara Creekp. 130
57. Rocky Creek Trail to Rocky Creek Campp. 132
58. Santa Lucia Loopp. 134
Limekiln State Park
59. Hare Creek Trailp. 136
60. Waterfall Trailp. 138
61. Redwood Trail to the Limekilnsp. 140
62. Kirk Creek Beachp. 142
Interior Big Sur Nacimiento--Ferguson Road - Central Coast Ridge Road
63. Vicente Flat Trail from Kirk Creek Campgroundp. 144
64. Vicente Flat Trail from Cone Peak Roadp. 145
65. San Antonio Trail to Fresno Campp. 148
66. Cone Peak Trailp. 150
67. North Coast Ridge Trail to Cook Spring Campp. 152
68. Mill Creek Trailp. 154
69. Pacific Valley Flatsp. 156
70. Sand Dollar Beachp. 158
71. Jade Cove and Plaskett Rockp. 160
72. Willow Creek Trailp. 162
Silver Peak Wilderness
Map of Silver Peak Wildernessp. 164
73. Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank Campp. 166
74. Redwood Gulchp. 168
75. Soda Springs and Lower Buckeye Trailsp. 170
76. Buckeye Trail to Buckeye Campp. 171
77. Salmon Creek Falls via Salmon Creek Trailp. 174
78. Spruce Creek Trail to Spruce and Estrella Campsp. 176
South Big Sur Coast
79. Nature and Cliffside Trails--Ragged Point Innp. 178
80. Ragged Pointp. 180