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Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike

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  • Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Trails share the same trailhead.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • A curious spectator: Stellar's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri). - Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Valley View Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • A lone turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Valley view looking down the Big Sur River drainage toward Andrew Molera State Park and the Pacific Ocean.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • A viewing bench is located at the end of the Valley View Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • A Western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) at home in the Big Sur redwoods.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Valley View Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Valley View Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Pfeiffer Falls Trail.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Pfeiffer Falls.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Pfeiffer Falls.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
  • Redwood grove along Pfeiffer Creek.- Valley View + Pfeiffer Falls Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Big valley views. Waterfall.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($10.00)
Trailhead Elev.: 
225 ft (69 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
550 ft (168 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Rain overnight.
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Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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Sat

Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Sun

Mostly cloudy overnight.
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Mon

Partly cloudy until afternoon.
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Tue

Clear throughout the day.
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Wed

Clear throughout the day.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located in the northeast corner of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, the Valley View and Pfeiffer Falls Trails provide big vistas and a humble, tranquil waterfall in a beautiful redwood forest setting. Both trails share the same trailhead and meander through redwood forest before climbing a steady and steep but short hill to a trail junction. From the junction head left for Valley View; right for Pfeiffer Falls.

The Valley View Trail continues climbing to the top of a sub-ridge that ends at a viewing point overlooking the Big Sur River Valley and the Pacific Ocean. Across the valley on the opposite hillside are the scorched scars left from the Pfeiffer Fire that burned in December, 2013. 

The Pfeiffer Falls Trail descends into the Pfeiffer Redwood Creek drainage and a serene redwood grove. A nice surprise waits at the end of the trail in Pfeiffer Falls: you'll find a 60-foot waterfall cascading into the Pfeiffer Redwood Creek Canyon. 

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