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Partington Cove, Big Sur

4.9
#3 of 9 in Outdoors in Big Sur
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Offering pristine views of the ocean, Partington Cove is a raw, unspoiled rocky beach at the end of a steep hiking trail that cuts through a tree-lined canyon, crosses a wooden bridge, and goes through an 18 m (60 ft) tunnel. The entrance to the downhill dirt path can be easily missed, so study the directions carefully before you go. If you wish to have the immaculate cove just for yourself, go early in the morning. Plan your Partington Cove visit and explore what else you can see and do in Big Sur using our Big Sur planner.
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  • This is one of my favorite places in the world. It is so gorgeous and is a great place to have a picnic. The pictures don't do it justice at all. It is definitely worth the hike down to it. 
    This is one of my favorite places in the world. It is so gorgeous and is a great place to have a picnic. The pictures don't do it justice at all. It is definitely worth the hike down to it.  more »
  • Really great hike on both sides of Highway 1. Absolutely no signage on the road, so need to look for large dirt turnouts near the 38 mile markers. Great hike for all ages. 
    Really great hike on both sides of Highway 1. Absolutely no signage on the road, so need to look for large dirt turnouts near the 38 mile markers. Great hike for all ages.  more »
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  • What an AWESOME low key spot. It’s roughly +/- 300’ elevation drop down to the cove. There’s 3 trails, the main one leading to a rocky beach with a fresh water small river running into the ocean. The sunlight plays with the cove so it’s great for photos. Another trail leads through a TUNNEL out into another awesome cove! You can see otters from time to time, awesome awesome spot
  • Easy hike. However don’t forget that going down to the cove is the east part. Coming back up can be difficult. Nice views throughout. The payoff is at the cove. Tunnel to get there is pretty cool. Parking is like all the other sites in Big Sur. At times crowded other times there is space available. Enjoy

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