If you plan ahead, motivated visitors can pack multiple day trails into one day of hiking. Get the most out of the area by choosing a few hikes of varying lengths and types — some trails like the McWay Waterfall Trail will take less than a mile to get to a waterfall, while others like the Limekiln Trails will have you winding on level paths through towering redwood forests.
With few exceptions, the trails around Big Sur are perfect for families and hikers who don’t need to get deep into the backcountry to enjoy themselves. The reward for relatively short hikes is high, and exploring redwood forests is something every nature enthusiast should experience. While the hiking out here is glorious year round, watch out for coastal weather changes in the winter months. Bringing an extra layer is never a bad idea, as fog and drizzle can roll in and drop the temperatures rapidly.