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Big Sur's Stunning Hikes

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Big Sur's Stunning Hikes

Hikers at Point Lobos

Hikers at beautiful Point Lobos. Where do you like to hike in and around Big Sur?

A THEORY: If you've been to Big Sur, you know, pretty much, hands down, assumptions made, that every walk you take is pretty spectacular. Honestly, you can walk from your car into a store to get a snack and find it to be more enjoyable than 90% of the strolls you take back at home. So when it comes to the spots cited as most hike-able in the coastal paradise, the wow-ness increases tenfold. With the weather getting nicer, or trying to, let's saunter along some coastline and into the redwoods.

GARLAND RANCH REGIONAL PARK: This was recommended by the Monterey visitors peeps as a great with-your-dog hike, but note that the trails are quite steep. There is a waterfall along the way, and views of Monterey Bay, so if your pup can handle the ups and downs, and you can do, get there.

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK: A much easier, more doable hike. It's not even a mile, meaning if you're just passing through the area, but need some nature-soaking-upping, this one's for you. Bonus: redwoods!

PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT: In a word, rocks. In another word, birds. In another word, caves. There are a lot of other words about this dramatic locale, including "26,000 acres" and "30 miles of trails." 

LIMEKILN STATE PARK: Beyond rocking a rather poetic name, this treesy spot has this interesting designation: "steepest coastal canyon in the continental United States." Yep, we said treesy, so look for the redwoods here (they won't be hard to miss).

Related Topics Big Sur, Monterey, Monterey Bay
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