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The most spectacular stretch of coastline on the west coast.
Highway 1 winds for more than 30 miles along beautiful scenery.
Many secluded beaches & coves along rocky the seashore. Discover
waterfalls, cedar pine forest canyons, hot springs, oak shaded
ravines by means of hiking trails.
For overnight stays near Big Sur, check out Lodging
- Itinerary Ideas:
- Drive partially north up the coast & stay overnight at
one of many
- interesting & beautiful towns along the Pacific Coastline:
|| Hwy.101 N, Hwy.1 N
Tips for Big Sur:
- Camping can get expensive in this
region & hard top come by, so think of pairing up a few people
in a cozy cabin instead.
- Reservations for campgrounds usually must be made well in
advance. Try the remote campgrounds of Ponderosa
& Nacimiento instead. Or the primitive style at Prewitt
- Avoid the crowds - Explore the unmarked areas: Pull over
(well off the highway) & park you car for a few hours to
discover new waterfalls & trails to the oceanfront.
A detailed map (NFS) of the
Big Sur coast is advised for these visits below.
Salmon Creek Falls
This is another great waterfall close to the highway. A short
hike will bring you top the base, but make sure to wear pants
- due to poison oak all over the trail. Located 8-10 mi. south
of the town of Gorda in a huge hair-pin canyon turn .
afterhours - The beach located
at the end of a turn off just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State
Park on a residental street. Daily the attendant collects parking
fees. You can avoid these fees by arriving in late afternoon.
Off Roading / Back Roads
Many dirt roads in the Central Coast region are private driveways.
Be careful to check for 'no trespassing' signage & respect
other peoples property. The best area for back country exploration
is up off Nacimiento Rd. Big Sur
Backroads page has some deatils on specif routes. A Los Padres NF
map would be handy and advisable.
The ridge areas offer great view from an even high elevation.
A few roads lead to backpackers trail heads / park spots.
The Nacimiento Rd. is a narrow long & winding way to eventually
get from Hwy.1 to Hwy.101 (via Fort Hunter Leggett
military base) The drive includes ocean view spots &
creekside lined oaks canyons.
There are a number of campgrounds along the coast and a few
inland. Some are private canpgrounds, located in beautiful redwood
canyons, which charge expensive fees. The two Big Sur State Parks
require reservations well in advance. The Parks Managment Company
in this region over see a several good campgrounds. Most are first
come first serve, but double check to make sure.
Primitive car camping & backpacking options can be
found in the Los
|Parks Managment Co.
PO Box 1853
Morro Bay CA 93443
for the night owl - The Esalen
Institute, located on the coast, has their beautiful hot tubs
open to the public after hours (midnight - 3am). Call ahead to verify.
Primitive Sykes Hot
Springs can be accessed only by backpacking. Tasajara Hot Springs is
a retreat center & is located on the eastern slopes of the
coastal mountains & may not open to the public for day use.
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