Admiring McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

After a morning hike in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, we continued to drive south to our next destination, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. I discovered online that this park had a famous waterfall, McWay Walls. It showed up in nearly every related Google image search! As a result, Jiwon and I were inspired to go see it in person:

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park California

One of the most unusual waterfalls I’ve ever seen.

While I was there, I couldn’t find any explanation for the source of the waterfall. A bit of Googling revealed:

The source of the waterfall is McWay Creek and is one of the few waterfalls that empties directly into the ocean. Originally the waterfall cascaded directly into the ocean but after a 1983 fire and 1985 landslides, the topography of McWay Cove was altered, forming an inaccessible beach. (Wiki)

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park California

It’s like a tropical paradise…

I thought that the beach was blocked off so that people couldn’t go down and mess with it. Think of what a perfect natural shower it’d make, haha! But now that it had become an inaccessible beach…what made those footprints in the sand (seen in the first photo)? O_O

As opposed to our 2-hour hike in Big Sur, it took only a 15 minute walk to see the falls. We quickly reached the end of this short trail.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park California

As I’m typing this, I still can’t believe this was our view!

Since we came here mainly to see McWay Falls, we didn’t explore the rest of the park. However, I’m curious to hear: what else did you do in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park? Would you recommend?

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park California

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Another waterfall in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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8 thoughts on “Admiring McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

  1. Pretty pictures! I would love to make it one day to the west coast, it looks so beautiful!!

    -Natalia
    glitterandpassport.blogspot.com

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