Hikes in Monterey

Big Sur, Monterey Ragged Pt.

Everyone knows just how beautiful the Big Sur area is. This section focuses on the often overlooked stretch that leads up to Big Sur, running from San Carpoforo Creek at Ragged Point to majestic McWay Cove where an 80-foot waterfall […]

Salmon Creek Falls Trail

No trip to Big Sur would be complete without stopping at Salmon Creek Falls. The stunning, year-round waterfall is visible from Highway 1, so every third or fourth car usually stops for a quick peak. Few people make the short […]

Jade Cove Trail

This remote cove is where the gem of Big Sur originates, although few know how to get there as there is no trailhead kiosk or even a signed parking area. Hikers who find their way to the rocky beach are […]

Limekiln State Park

Limekiln State Park

This is really three half-mile hikes rolled into one, following Limekiln Creek upstream to a trio of tributaries. The Hare Creek Trail follows its namesake to the northeast, following Hare Canyon to a grove of mature redwoods. The other two […]

Cone Peak Road Area Trails

If you have the energy for another hike near the Cone Peak Trail, there are plenty of single tracks that are accessible via Cone Peak Road. There are a handful of trails and camps that can be reached via the […]

Cone Peak Trails

This is what Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo must have meant in 1542 when he wrote the Big Sur coast is made up of “mountains which seem to reach the heavens and the sea beats on them.” Cone Peak certainly […]

McWay Falls Trail

One of Big Sur’s most spectacular sights, McWay Cove at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park also is one of the region’s most accessible destinations. The popular McWay Falls Overlook Trail is a relatively flat, trouble-free hike that spans less than […]