Hiking in Big Sur

Hiking in Big Sur/Ewoldsen loop

McWay Falls along Highway 1

Many people just pass by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along Highway 1. That is a big mistake. Besides taking a look at the McWay Falls this lovely loop hike passes through redwood trees and by crystal-clear streams. 


Starting/Finishing Point

Parking at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park by Highway 1


8 kilometres

Length of Time

2-3 hours


+/- 450 metres



Water along the way


Shoes to choose

Trail running shoes


The Ewoldsen loop hike starts right by the parking. After a few minutes you reach an area with some picnic tables.

The first part of the hike is flat and runs through the impressive redwood trees. After a couple of hundred metres the trail windles up through a canyon. It is an easy climb.

After a few kilometres along the trail you reach a bridge and the trail divides in two. You can follow either one since it is a loop. Following the path takes you up above the redwood trees with beautiful views of the Pacific ocean.

After coming back down to the parking, cross the Highway 1 and take a look at the McWay Falls.

You can also walk all the way down to the ocean.

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