Due to the Soberanes fire and Highway 1 road closures, many of the Big Sur area parks are still closed.
More Information as of 3/24/17 here.
For the latest Highway 1 Road Conditions, click here and enter "1" into the form.
l pais grande del sur, or the big country to the south is how Big Sur was first described by Spanish settlers from the Monterey area. It is one of those rare places that is wild and remote, yet easy to access and explore.
While there are miles of trails for the dedicated hiker and backpacker, Big Sur also offers spectacular scenery within steps of Highway 1. And for those willing to hike a few miles, the rewards include rapidly changing settings of oak and lush redwood forests, ocean views, rocky streams, and coastal brush.
This web site is a collection of favorite day hikes, both easy and challenging, sorted by scenic appeal and personal bias. Having hiked in Big Sur for over 30 years, it's a neverending treat to bring visitors in for a day or two.
The question quickly arises: "which hikes are a must-see while we're here?"
Not an easy one to answer, since everyone has different preferences. But there are a few spots the first time visitor needs to see, and a handful of hikes the persistent visitor won't want to miss.