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Partington Cove, Big Sur

4.8
#4 of 10 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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  • While the hike itself was beautiful and enjoyable we came back to our rental car to find the passenger window smashed in and a few things taken including my purse which had my keys in it. We were gone...  more »
  • Too much! Beautiful landscape. Have to leave the car and walk for approx. rodoviq nq 800 metres of slope. But the visual compensates for each step.
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  • It's a good hike to the bottom...and so worth it. The tunnel and cove were great places for photos. Nice little waterfall where we saw hummingbirds and lots of butterflies.  more »
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  • This was a beautiful hike! It is really good for those people that are starting to get into it! Not too challenging but also not a walk on the park. The cove is breath taking and I really want to come again, I imagine that on sunset it would be an amazing sight! Dogs seem to be okay so long as they are on leash :)
  • Nestled in a tiny corner along PCH is this gem that offers a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Partington Cove is a small walk down a hill (proper trail exists) and leads you through a tunnel to a spot that is right by the ocean. For the adventurous ones, a small climb up the rocks will give you a wonderful panoramic view making it a great place to watch sunsets :) Parking: Street parking on Highway 1
  • This cove is tucked away from the road. There is a short dirt path out, which is really cool and goes through an old tunnel in the hillside. The cove is beautiful and definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
  • 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!
  • Beautiful nature spot, some hiking needed, take water with u.
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