Seeking Out Pristine Backcountry in Big Sur, California
The best way to see Big Sur is to ditch your car and hike the majestic landscape. When summertime’s fog shrouds the coast, hike up a thousand feet in elevation, and you’ll usually pop out of the fog, a mesmerizing sight. The crowds head to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and with good reason: you can hike to a 60ft waterfall along an easy 1.4-mile-long trek up the Waterfall Trail. Big bang for not a lot of buck: Eleven miles south of the town of Big Sur at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll an easy-as-pie, 1/3-mile-long trail to a cliff-side lookout over McWay Falls, an 80ft waterfall plunging over a cliff and straight into the sea.