Day Hikes Around Big Sur: 99 Great Hikes by Robert Stone

By Robert Stone

Day Hikes round mammoth Sur contains ninety nine unforgettable hikes alongside remarkable coastal headlands in primary California, the place the Santa Lucia Mountains upward push over 5,000 ft from the Pacific Ocean. The routes were selected to supply an exceptional choice of coastline tours, seashores, wasteland hikes, waterfalls, canyons, and panoramic overlooks whereas together with various mountain climbing degrees.

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If you wish to make the hike into a loop, it is recommended to start on the Rocky Ridge Trail—Hike 1 2—to avoid the steep climb from Soberanes Creek up to the ridge. To the trailhead C armel . 8 miles south on Highway 1 to the unsigned parking turnouts on either side of the road. The turnouts are located by a tin roof barn behind a grove of cypress trees on the inland side of the highway. B ig S ur R anger Station . 4 miles north on Highway 1 to the parking turnouts. The hike From the inland side of the highway, walk past the trailhead gate, following the old ranch road through a cypress grove.

A trail ­follows the crest to the two summits. From the overlooks are coastal views north to Yankee Point and south to Point To Carmel and Monterey TR IDG E R O CKY R Sur.  n Pacific Ocean So be Lobos Rocks 11 12 13 Soberanes Point Whale Peak To Rocky Ridge 12 r an es 11 C r. NES RA N E B YO N SO A C GARRAPATA STATE PARK 1 13. Soberanes Point Trails GARRAPATA STATE PARK To Big Sur and San Luis Obispo 99 Great Hikes - 53 14. S. Soberanes Point • Garrapata State Park map Big Sur and Ventana Wilderness map Garrapata Beach lies to the south of Soberanes Point along the coastal end of the 2,879-acre Garrapata State Park.

The short fork on the right leads to an overlook of Bluefish Cove. On the North Shore Trail, curve around the cove to a junction with the Whalers Knoll Trail on the left. Continue weaving along the coastal cliffs around Bluefish Cove to a short spur trail leading to the Guillemot Island overlook. Back on the main trail, continue northwest past a native grove of Monterey cypress in East Grove. Cross a saddle past Big Dome to a second junction with the Whalers Knoll Trail. At Cypress Cove, detour on the Old Veteran Trail to view the twisted Monterey cypress and the cove.

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