There are many many places to go for a stroll in Big Sur and with the amazing weather I was given while there, it seemed the best plan was to remain in the sunshine. Thus, my day in Big Sur included a short walk in and around McWay Falls, a short hike down to Partington Cove, and a beach walk at Pfeiffer Beach.
My first stroll was a short hike to the famous quintessential tourist stop of McWay Falls. Hugely photographed the view was stunning in real life as I couldn’t get over how turquoise the water was.
Then I walked down to Partington Cove, which I found in my guidebook with some quasi-cryptic instructions of approximately 2 miles north of McWay Falls (Pfeiffer Burns State Park) at the base of a huge U shaped curve. I did manage to find it and enjoyed the mini hike to the bottom. It is cool because you walk through a wooden tunnel to get out to the cove!
Lastly I headed to Pfeiffer State Beach to enjoy more sunshine as well as a stunning sunset. Again the instructions were a bit cryptic but you turn off Hwy 1 onto Sycamore Canyon Road and drive on a crazy 1 lane dirt road for 2 miles before you reach the beach.
None of the hikes were very strenuous but all were extremely beautiful. In the future, I would like to explore more of the awesome long hikes that exist in Big Sur. This website highlights many of the hikes in the area!