Julia Pfeiffer Burns Vista Point
Near mile marker 35.8 on Highway 1 and 37 miles south of Carmel, this is a picturesque park named after a well-respected pioneer woman in Big Sur. The park features redwood, tanoak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot-tall waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean waters of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There are higher elevation trails east of Highway 1 which are subject to closure that offer panoramic views of the sanctuary and miles of rugged coastline. The weather here is constantly changing so wear layered clothing. Winter overnight temperatures range in the 30-50s and daytime temperatures can be low 50-70s. In summer overnight temperatures are typically 50-70s with daytime temperatures typically in the 70-80s. Summer mornings bring fog which usually burns off by midday.