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Overlook Trail to McWay Falls

A short hike with amazing views of the Big Sur coast with a stunning waterfall falling to the sandy beach below

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  This short hike will give you some of the most stunning views in all of Big Sur for the least amount of effort. The 0.6-mile... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Lot

Near the start of the trailhead you will find a parking lot for day-use. On weekends it may get quite full, but be patient because the hike is short and people will return soon to open up a parking spot.

2. Trailhead

Start along the path leading towards the ocean. The walk is about 1/4 a mile to the main view points, and you will walk through a tunnel under Hwy 1.

3. Overlook

At the end of the short trail you will reach the overlook point. Turn back to face the trail and you will see 80-foot McWay Falls dropping onto the sandy beach below. This view is one of the most photographed in all of Big Sur, and for good reason.

In December and January, you can often see gray whales migrating south from this point, and they ... More