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Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park

45500 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
| +1 831-667-2315
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Pfieffer-Burns Tanbark Trail Big Sur California United States

Pfieffer-Burns Tanbark Trail

Initially, we were going to hike another trail further down the road but when we arrived, the portion we wanted to hike was closed due to a landslide. We headed back north and decided to hike this trail since we pass the trail head often. The trail head to Tanbark is right on the hwy 1, there are places you can pull over to park your car.

This trail starts easily enough but is just over 6 miles with a 1,900 ft elevation gain, so it's a pretty good hike. It leads to a large Tin House which makes a good picnicking spot with great views. The trail starts off in a wooded area and runs alongside a creek and then goes up and up until you are at the top of the mountain, out in the open. We only hiked to the top of the mountain and then turned around before reaching the Tin House since it was mid-day and getting hot without any shade.

We were rewarded with the sight of two condors. One of which landed in the top of a tree right in front of us and groomed itself. It was amazing to see how large these birds are in flight. At the top, there were hundreds of pearly everlasting flowers with their distinctive scent of maple syrup.

Since we didn't bring a picnic, we drove further north to Cafe Kevah which is right next to Nepenthe, offering the same view for better seating and a great lunch!