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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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  • 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 »
  • Right off of highway 1 pull out parking off road very limited parking , walking path maybe about a mile long comes out to the most bluest water you have ever seen ,A must to do 
    Right off of highway 1 pull out parking off road very limited parking , walking path maybe about a mile long comes out to the most bluest water you have ever seen ,A must to do  more »
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  • Definitely a hidden gem in Big Sur that's totally worth the stop! A great 1.1 mile hike through a cool old tunnel and then lots of opportunities for waterfront rock climbing if that's your bag. You get a great view of the cove from a simple trek, then you can continue on with a little more challenging climb up and over the side of the mountain near the water. On the way back up to parking it's an incline for sure but worth it!
  • Very nice and set up well to take advantage of the view. The menu is short. The brussel sprouts were excellent as was my french dip as well as the roasted garlic with goat cheese. The large staff will take great care of you!

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