This past weekend I visited Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park here in California. Click here for a map and directions. The park is located about 12 miles south of Big Sur off of the famous Hwy 1. Check the state park website for more info and trail closures. I neglected to check the trail status before departure and upon arrival I was disappointed to find that some of the trails that I wanted to use were closed. All the rain we have had in recent weeks, mud slides have been a problem and caused the trail closures. The entrance fee for the park is $10. Make sure to bring exact change there is a drop box system and no change is available. The park isn’t hard to find and State Park signs will lead you in the right direction.
The park is the home of the famous McWay falls, besides the waterfalls in Yosemite, McWay falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in California. This waterfall runs through a forest to the beach. The post picture shows the waterfall on the beach and running into the pacific. There are many beautiful coastal views, also there are some trails that run through the forest. The forest has a stream/creek with lots of cool little falls. It would be wise to wear your waterproof boots, to get into the stream, and bring a polarizer with you, you’ll need it to reduce glare of the waterfalls. I was able to get the silky smooth cotton candy looking water flow without using a neutral density filter, but I would bring one for when the lighting conditions call for it. Of course bring your tripod, you’ll need it for the waterfalls and the sunset landscapes. I used my 16-35 wide-angle most of the time, I also used a 70-200 for a close up of McWay falls. All in all it was worth the price of admission.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a beautiful place to visit. Please help support the National and State park system. Funding is hard to come by lately so visiting the parks and paying the fees will help preserve these landmarks. Get out and enjoy the beauty that our wold has to offer!