Can you swim at McWay Falls?

Asked By: Tolentino Manjunath | Last Updated: 20th May, 2020
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McWay Falls
Yes, it is. It's a waterfall flowing DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. One of the most beautiful places in California, if not the world, this little-known 80ft waterfall and beach located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park isn't far from the road near Big Sur.

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Regarding this, can you go on the beach at McWay Falls?

The waterfall is stunning, dropping some 80 feet onto a pristine beach in an enchanting cove. It is a short 0.6-mile round trip hike to a viewpoint for McWay Falls, which can be reached directly from Highway One or from parking areas withing Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park.

Secondly, how do I get to McWay Falls? The best place to get to McWay Falls is from Falls Trail just past the entrance to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll pay a day use fee to park here, but the Falls Trail goes under Pacific Coast Highway via a tunnel, making it a safer option than jockeying for a parking spot along busy Highway 1.

In respect to this, can you get to McWay Falls right now?

McWay Falls can still be seen from the section of the trail that is open. This wheelchair accessible trail can be accessed from the south parking lot or the stairs near the entrance kiosk.

Can you swim at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park?

No there is no where to swim. There's no access. In order to view the falls you have to walk in from the main road and when you arrive you're actually standing on the side of a cliff - there isn't a way down and I think it would be incredibly dangerous.

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Why is Pfeiffer Falls closed?

The closure means there is no access to the Waterfall Overlook Trail which leads to the iconic McWay Falls. State Parks is asking for the public's cooperation in respecting the park closure by refraining from parking illegally on Highway 1 or attempting to climb down to the trail.

What is Big Sur known for?

Big Sur is an area of wilderness known for its rustic and austere beauty. It emcompasses approx. 90 miles of Hwy 1 south of Carmel to just north of San Simeon and Hearst Castle. The town of Big Sur is known for its state parks and hiking trails.

How far is McWay falls from Monterey?

The entrance is about 37 miles south of Carmel, or 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (note that the two parks have similar names but are 12 miles apart). From the south, the entrance is about 48 miles north of Ragged Point (which is 20 miles north of San Simeon).

What time does Pfeiffer Beach Open?

At a Glance
Current Conditions: Open. $10/day for parking at the beach
Operational Hours: Open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Reservations: None.

Where can I sleep in Big Sur?

Bed Down At One Of Big Sur's Most Unique Accommodations
  • Treebones Resort. At Treebones Resort, it's all about the best of both worlds: getting back to nature and enjoying the comforts of home.
  • The Village RV.
  • The Post Ranch Inn.
  • Fernwood Resort.
  • Ragged Point Resort.
  • Limekiln State Park.
  • Gorda Springs Resort.
  • Lucia Lodge.

How far is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park?

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
The park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1, and 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur SP on Hwy 1.

How do you get to Partington Cove?

Partington Cove is part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park begins from Highway One, just north of McWay Falls. The 1.5-mile hike to Partington Cove begins at the top of a gated fire road on the west side of Highway One and descends toward the coast to a junction at an information kiosk 0.3 miles and 200 feet below.

Are dogs allowed at Big Sur?

Click here for up-to-date closures and conditions for the Big Sur area. Dogs are not allowed on State Park trails but are allowed in the picnic or day use areas, some campgrounds and on paved roads throughout the park. Dogs must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long at all times and may not be left unattended.

Is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park open?

The park is open to day use visitors a half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. Kiosk opening and closing times are variable. Visitors are expected to self-register at the self pay station when the kiosk is closed. There are a limited number of parking spots available in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

How do I get to Sand Dollar Beach?

To get to the trailhead: From the south, drive up Highway One to Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Area, located on the west side of the road, 15.3 miles north of Ragged Point Inn (or 38.5 miles north of Cambria). From the north, drive 21.5 miles south from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (home of McWay Falls).

Is Big Sur still closed?

The closure will include the areas of Paul's Slide closing Saturday at 5 p.m, and Mud Creek closing Sunday at 9 a.m. until further notice, according to Caltrans. Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Highway 1 will remain open and are accessible via Highways 101, 68, 46, according to Caltrans.

What is the best time of year to visit Big Sur?

Best Times to Visit Big Sur. The best time to visit Big Sur is from September to November. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Big Sur's peak season runs long, from April to October.

Does Pfeiffer Beach have purple sand?

Manganese garnet washes down from the hillside above, giving Pfeiffer Beach its distinctive purple sand. The further north you go, the more you'll see.

Can you swim in the Big Sur?

Swimming in Big Sur
Though Big Sur has a lot of ocean and many beaches, some of which have sand surfaces, safe ocean swimming locations and times are rare. The Big Sur coast has strong tides and currents, heavy waves, and cold water. Many have drowned while in the water or while climbing on shoreline rocks.