About Pacific Valley Beaches in Big Sur, California
Near the Pacific Valley Station in Los Padres National Forest there are several unnamed beaches below steep bluffs. Some of these are inaccessible but still visible from the bluff tops. Directly across from the station entrance is the Pacific Valley Bluff Trail which leads to a point between Sand Dollar Beach and a beach next to Prewitt Creek. It’s unclear if there is a beach access from this trail. North of the station are several more steps and gates next to Highway 1 that lead through the fence toward the ocean. The one that looks most promising for beach access is the one across from an unsightly property with a loop driveway. There are shoulder parking spaces along the highway at this trailhead. Follow the boot-beaten path toward the bluff’s edge and look for a route into this unnamed beach. We have not hiked down to the beach so it’s unclear how easy or difficult it is (might require some exploration). Even if the beach is too difficult to reach, the view of the sea stacks and rolling waves from the bluff are enough to warrant a hike here.
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