trail restoration

Pfeiffer Falls Trail walkway

Pfeiffer Falls Trail

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After being badly damaged in the July 2008 Basin Complex Fire, the Pfeiffer Falls Trail reopened in June 2021 for hiking, better than ever before.

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Tyler Imfeld: Working in Forest Reveals What’s at Stake

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Birds are Imfeld’s passion — and could ultimately become his profession. A graduate of Xavier University, he will soon begin his PhD studies in ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota at St. Paul.

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In fall 2015, California Conservation Corps crews and contractors removed part of the old Pfeiffer Falls Trail’s concrete and constructed a beautiful, small dirt section of trail. League members’ gifts have supported the planning and rebuilding of the rest of the Pfeiffer Falls Trail.

Restoration of Popular Trail Under Way

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Progress has started on rebuilding the Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park! In October we kicked off the rehabilitation of the Pfeiffer Falls Trail by tearing up and removing asphalt along 260 feet of the beginning of the trail, closest to the Visitor’s Center.

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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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