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Partington Cove, Big Sur

#3 of 9 in Outdoors in Big Sur
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • What a blessing to see... it was just beautiful 😍. A mile down to get to.. viewing lots of plants 🌱 getting to it... a cave & then a spectacular cove. Lots of jellyfish, clear water πŸ’§ just so...  more »
  • If you are driving through Big Sur / Carmel and do not have much time for a hike, this is your hike! You see the cove, a really cool tunnel, the ocean waves crashing on the rocks, and a little...  more »
  • Awesome place to stop and check out. The walk down wasn't bad but coming back up it got a little warm. It was a nice sunny day so that was expected. Once you get down to the bottom there is a great view and if your a little more adventurous you can go down the rocks and see some cool muscles and sea plants. I would highly recommend stoping and spending a little time here. Don't let the hill scare you off. It's really not that bad.
  • We enjoyed this hike tremendously! We spent some time at each Partington Point and Cove. No one ever came to the Point. It was neat to have it all to ourselves! I don’t think this is a well know spot but the trails are very defined. The views are breathtaking and the old tunnel added to the experience.

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