Thursday, June 21, 2007

Day Trip - Pfeiffer Big Sur National Park


During the trip to Solvang last December, we had stopped briefly at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, which is the biggest and most popular park in Big Sur. We had planned to hike to Pfeiffer Falls in the park but since the hike was supposed to take 40-60 minutes, we skipped that and drove on to Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park, where we took the stroller-friendly trail to McWay Falls. Last Saturday we returned to Pfeiffer Big Sur National Park but made it a day trip with only the park on our agenda.

The park has a lot of parking in different areas and several picnic tables for lunch, which was our first order of business. We then went on the trail to Pfeiffer Falls. It was a pretty tame trail even for us inexperienced hikers but with 2 little kids who insisted on walking by themselves, it felt like a long trek! But the trail did take us through some Redwood forests and crossed the park's creek at a few places and so it was quite cool and scenic. The waterfall too wasn't much to look at especially since its Summer but the kids were pretty excited.

We then set off another slightly longer(0.5) trail called Valley View trail, which was supposed to end with a view of the Big Sur valley. But since the trail starting going higher and the kids were getting crankier, we turned back about 0.2 miles into the trail. We had coffee and ice-cream at the lodge near the park entrance before heading back.

Definitely a nice place to spend the day...

6 Comments:

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Balaji, when you go on one of these trails, do you get to see some other ppl besides you? I mean, I know it is difficult to get lost on such trails, but still thinking that having a few ppl around will always be assuring. Somehow the thought of trekking alone thru a forest knowing that no one is around doesnt comfort me much :-)

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Ram said...

that was quite cool. i do like these kinds of parks a lot. but its just that i have become incredibly sensitive to the sun that i get sunburnt very easily. so, perisa oru sunny gavaskar hat potundu poga vendiyiruku!

okay bbfolks, i'm off now on a month-long holiday. will try to pop in and post a comment when i can...

till then, ta-ta...

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Ram, have fun.

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are ur pics ?

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijay, these were real small trails and yes there were quite a few ppl around. i've done only 1 hike, in yosemite, where we were the only ppl around for long stretches of time and yes, that was a bit scary :)

ram, best wishes :)

bart, long time no see! seen 'sivaji' yet?

anon, batteries died when I was near the falls. So not too many pics :(

 
At 9:20 PM, Anonymous vidhya said...

July 4thku vena try panren. Thanks. But right now...immunization records dhan kannu munnadi nikardhu :)

 

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