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Partington Cove, Big Sur

4.9
#4 of 8 in Outdoors in Big Sur
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. Make Partington Cove part of your personalized Big Sur itinerary using our Big Sur planner .
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  • One of the highlights of our venture out to Big Sur that we nearly missed! Pros- A good stretch of the legs. a well groomed trail that drops down from the highway to the cove. We were looking for some...  more »
  • this is one of the most stunning locations on the California coast, a must to see and stay. Plenty of camp grounds, cabins and beautiful scenery to enjoy for the whole family at reasonable fees  more »
  • I love the drive along the coast and this is one of my favorite views - so stunning and satisfying. I can't wait to go back, although we in the north will have to wait until the Pfeiffer Bridge is rep...  more »
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  • As a Monterey local, this is one of my favorite spots to visit. Hiking down towards the coast you pass through a redwood forest, followed by a tunnel out to some rocks that are great for climbing. After that you can head out to the cove side where you can enjoy wading in the pool at the bottom of the creek as well as climbing on some more rocks!
  • Nice pit stop. Very few people compared to McWay Falls. No bathrooms. You'll need shoes with some semblance of a grip since the path down is full of small rocks. The path looked steeper when coming down but turned out okay. We took the path across the bridge and through the tunnel to the old bay area.
  • Beautiful views, pretty good hike back up the trail. Not many people, no signs, worth the effort.
  • Exhausting climb, but can definitely do it. Unique experience of the tunnel and the cove. A bit dangerous rocks at the cove, so watch out for the kids.
  • Really cool spot just a short hike in from Hwy 1. Definitely take the time to go explore. The tunnel is awesome and the rocks at the end of the trail are a great place to chill and watch the ocean
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