Big Sur

The Allure of Big Sur

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Life is a journey, not a destination. That’s Big Sur—a journey, the quintessential scenic route. Named for the pioneer family that conveyed to the state of California a key piece of land here, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is home to some of the region’s most impressive redwoods. From fanciful trees and hidden swimming holes to dramatic coastline vistas, the southern end of the coast redwood range beckons along Highway 1.

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An endangered California condor keeps protective watch over its chick in a nesting cave. Photo: John Brandt/USFWS

Condor Chick Signals Hope for the Future

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This summer proved to be momentous for the recovery of the California condor. Joe Burnett and Amy List, biologists at Ventana Wildlife Society, located the nest of two condors, #538 and #574, inside a hollowed-out coast redwood in Big Sur. Over the years Burnett watched these two birds, nicknamed Miracle and Nomad, as they fledged and grew up in the wild. Now, they’re raising their own chick — the first chick, since the 1980s, born to parents who were not raised in captivity.

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Kids and adults alike will love exploring lush Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by oskay, Flickr Creative Commons.

Springtime Family Redwoods Getaways

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What are your fondest childhood memories? It’s often the small moments we share with loved ones, like sitting around a campfire and watching the stars, that stick with us for life. And you don’t have to shell out the big Continued

You can help new generations experience the wonder of Big Sur's most popular route to the redwoods, the Pfeiffer Falls Trail, which was closed after a devastating 2008 fire. Photo by David Baselt

Pfeiffer Falls Trail Restoration

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The Pfeiffer Falls Trail was the most popular footpath in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Visitors loved the climb through the redwood canyon to see the falls’ white ribbons of water streaming from the height of a six-story building. But in 2008, the Basin Complex fire damaged the trail’s three bridges, cutting off hikers from the waterfall.

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Couple hiking in a redwood forest

Your Romantic Redwoods Getaways

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Around Valentine’s Day, our thoughts turn to redwoods and romance. I’ve been to places where you can spend a magical weekend with your love among the redwoods. Here are three picks that span the range of the coast redwoods, from Continued

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Limekiln State Park

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Visit Limekiln State Park to enjoy the beauty of the redwoods alongside the rugged splendor of the Big Sur coast and explore the history of the lime kilns.

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is located off Highway 1, some 26 miles south of Carmel and two miles south of the hamlet of Big Sur. This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows – plus open meadows.

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Los Padres National Forest

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Extending from Ventura to Monterey, the Los Padres National Forest includes five major mountain ranges and 10 designated wildernesses.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Thirty-seven miles south of Carmel, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park showcases an exquisite 2-mile stretch of the central California coast.

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Andrew Molera State Park

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The 4,800-acre park is the largest state park on the Big Sur coast. Twenty miles of hiking trails wend around redwood groves, meadows and overlooks. Watch for California condors and migrating whales.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Alta Vista Redwoods

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Cleanup of a remote property that Save the Redwoods League purchased has protected endangered California condors, thanks to our members.

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