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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.

Cabrillo Hwy
Big Sur, CA 93920
Park Name
Los Padres National Forest, Pacific Valley Station
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Hiking, Beach Exploration
Map of Pacific Valley Beaches
Monterey, US
3:53 pm, June 14, 2024
temperature icon 90°F
L: 58° H: 90°
Feels like 94.98 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 5.85
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:23 pm
Humidity 52 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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