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Big Sur has reopened! Don’t miss these 5 epic hiking trails.

After being out of action for six weeks due to another intense rainy season, Big Sur reopened to visitors last week.

That is especially good news for hikers. It’s no exaggeration to say that the treasured coastal corridor has some of the most scenic routes in the entire US, and we can’t wait to be among the first to lace up our boots.

Here are five of our favorite Big Sur hikes to celebrate the region’s long-awaited comeback.

Pfeiffer Ridge Loop, Andrew Molera State Park (13 mile loop)

(Thanks to @tiffschaffer)

The quintessential Big Sur hike, this loop at Andrew Molera State Park offers breathtaking views, whale watching and lounging on the beach in one day. From the main parking lot, take the Creamery Meadow Trail to the Bluffs Trail for panoramic views of the sea and passing wildlife. About 2.5 miles further you’ll hit the Spring Trail, the path to a lovely little beach just far enough away to be isolated from the tourist hordes. After some rest and relaxation, continue on the Panorama Trail, which climbs up to the Pfeiffer Ridge and then leads you back to the Creamery Meadow Trail.

// 45500 CA-1 (Big Sur), parks.ca.gov

Sobranes Canyon Trail, Garrapata State Park (4.5 miles round trip)

(Thanks to @jenesis536)

This lovely little walk is the perfect choice for a Big Sur trip of any size. For nearly three miles, the trail runs through a valley rich in wildflowers, over shallow streams and winds through a lush redwood forest. You’ll also get some beautiful coastal views along the way, but unlike some of the other walks on this list you only need to gain 150 meters of elevation. Take note of the name of the park before you head out: the ticks here (and the poison oak) don’t mess around.

// 34500 CA-1 (Carmel-By-The-Sea), parks.ca.gov

Tanbark Trail and Tin House Loop, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (6.5 mile loop)

(Thanks to @neipate)

This walk through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a strenuous trek, but the elevation gain of more than 2,000 feet is well worth the reward: virtually endless panoramic views of the Big Sur coastline. Continue along the trail at the origins of the redwood and oak forest and prepare to climb up the Tin House Trail. When you reach the tippy top, breathe in the view and take courage. It’s a smooth descent along the Tanbark Trail for the remaining 5.6 miles of the hike.

// 52801 CA-1 (Big Sur), parks.ca.gov

Buzzard’s Roost, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (3 mile loop)

(Thanks to @tyrazae)

This short loop route in Pfeiffer, Big Sur State Park doesn’t have the kind of epic ocean views that some of the other hikes on this list do. But Buzzard’s Roost doesn’t need them: the coastal forest is just as beautiful as the coast’s iconic cliffs. The lollipoplus starts at the main car park before climbing steadily uphill. Although AllTrails has still marked it as closed, the Pfeiffer Big Sur website confirms that the trail is open for business.

// 47555 CA-1 (Big Sur), parks.ca.gov

Coast Ridge Road to Terrace Creek Trail, Los Padres National Forest (8 miles round trip)

(Thanks to @sicilian_peteza)

While this trail in Los Padres National Forest won’t stick you in the sand, it will give you a whole new perspective of Big Sur. Instead of sticking to the bluffs, the Coast Ridge Road to Terrace Creek Trail wind from the low-lying redwood grove to the rugged peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains. On a clear day the views from the vast majority of the route are all-encompassing and absolutely stunning. Except for the first and last mile of the hike, this trail has very little shade, so be sure to bring plenty of water.

// Coast Ridge Rd. (Great Sur), fs.usda.gov/lpnf