After 13 years of waiting, on June 18, 2021 one of California’s most stunning hiking trails finally reopened.
Located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Falls Trail will finally allow the public to hike the trail since the Basin Complex Fire destroyed it back in 2008.
California State Parks along with Save The Redwoods League, a program that helps rebuild forests burnt by wildfires, have worked together over the past few years restoring 0.75 miles of the trail. With a lot of hard work and spending over 2 million dollars to get it operational again, the new upgrades are looking really nice.
They’ve removed all burnt and damaged infrastructure like wooden bridges and retaining walls. They have also installed a new 70-foot-long expansion bridge for visitors to safely walk across that has amazing views.
“Before the 2008 Basin Complex Fire, this was one of the most popular trails in Big Sur – a destination for California tourists,” Jim Doran, the program manager at Monterey District Roads and Trails, for California State Parks, said in a statement. “With the trail’s many improvements completed, we’re happy to welcome visitors once again.”
The trail takes hikers on a path surrounded by giant redwoods and there’s even a 60-foot Pfeiffer Falls waterfall. The Pfeiffer Falls Trail connects with the Valley View trail making a 1.5-mile loop visitors can walk. There are many more things that went into restoring the trail. Take a look at the video below to hear about the other upgrades.