You can hike this amazing California trail for the first time in 13 years
As California drops most of its COVID-19 restrictions and reopens the state, one of its most popular hiking trails opens to the public for the first time in 13 years.
Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Falls Trail reopens on June 18 after suffering devastating fire damage 13 years ago. The massive basin complex fire devastated 162,818 acres of Big Sur’s coastline in June 2008. Considered one of the worst wildfires in California, the lightning blaze destroyed much of the area. Pfeiffer Falls Trail infrastructure including bridges, railings, steps, signs and walls. .
Now, thanks to a combined effort by California State Parks and the Save the Redwoods League conservation group, the trail will reopen to the public on June 18 and be more beautiful than ever, with improved access for hikers and enhanced ecosystems for locals. of the trail. .
One of the most impressive new features of the Pfeiffer Falls Trail is the 70-foot Scenic Pedestrian Expansion Bridge spanning Pfeiffer Redwood Creek. The bridge directs pedestrian traffic away from the sensitive bed of the stream to enhance the natural habitat of the aquatic ecosystem below and offers hikers incredible views of the ravine and waterfalls. Additional improvements along the trail include replacing over 4,500 square feet of asphalt and concrete with a dirt trail that looks better and ultimately more durable.
Speaking ahead of the reopening, Jim Doran, California State Park Program Director for Monterey District Roads and Trails, said “Prior to the 2008 basin complex fire, this was one of the most popular trails. popular Big Sur – a destination for Californian tourists. With the many trail improvements completed, we are happy to welcome visitors again.
The newly remodeled 0.75 mile Pfeiffer Falls Trail completes a 1.5 mile loop with the Valley View Trail. According to the League, visitors will find new interpretive signs along the trail, educating them about redwoods and climate change, the Big Sur watershed and the partnership between California State Parks and the US Forest Service.