Tall redwoods, beautiful coastline, and stunning beaches are only the beginning to describe the central California coastline. Waking up early to the sunrise and smelling the crisp air fills my lungs with eagerness and joy. My friends and I load up the car with camera gear and water and were off to the north. The fog was prominent in the morning but slowly began to burn off. We begin ascending uphill and get a glimpse of the vast blue ocean. I feel right at home.
We start chugging up hill, seeing more and more of the beautiful coastline of Big Sur. Driving next to waterfalls, waves breaking along the coast and a plethora of wildlife that surprise us on every turn. We get to Sand Dollar Beach and the valley is as green as ever! We continue driving and arrive at our first destination, Limekiln.
I roll down my window and prepare to speak to the Ranger about the trail: “Hi, how is it going today?” She replies, “Good but I am sorry to inform you that the trail is closed for the month.” I begin to plead a case saying how far we drove to get there and that we have heard such good things about this trail and she finally tells us that we can go ahead but we have to find our way to get across the creek. I am thinking in my head that we have to find a way across a large river or something treacherous. Let’s do it. Where’s the fun if there is no bump in the road on the way there? We park our car and start heading down the trail.
We reached the point where the bridge is closed and have to find our way across the creek. Luckily it is a small stream of water that is easy to get across. We look around for a few minutes to find the driest way across. Luckily for us there was a fallen tree that made the perfect bridge to get across. We hop on and walk across to the world of wonder and beauty. We are the only ones on the trail, surrounded by redwoods and the noise of running water. There is no better bliss than that. We come across a fork in the creek where a log had fallen and made the perfect little waterfall. We stopped to take pictures and I was amazed at how amazing the photo turned out.
We continue our journey down the trail and end at a magical waterfall that is 100 feet tall. The structure of Big Sur valley is so unbelievable. It is hard to imagine how many years it took for these tall trees and valleys to be cut into the side of the coastline. After a quick dip in the cold water, we are on our way back and off to our next destination.
Another 30 minutes down the road and we have made it to the McWay Waterfall trail and the Ewoldsen loop. Little did we know that we were about to adventure onto an 8-mile hike, which we thought was going to be a lot shorter. After an hour of hiking we reach a look out point that looks over the coastline and on top of the tall redwoods. I feel as if I am on top of the world and I never want to leave. Sitting on the edge of the cliff all you can hear is birds chirping through the forest. Hearing the wild be on it’s own. After completing 2 more miles of our hike thinking we are at the end, we come to find out from other hikers that we aren’t even halfway done. We did not pack snacks or enough water for such a long hike so we rushed downhill for 4 more miles and finally make it back to the car. The first bite of food is sensational and everyone is drained after the day. It is time to head back and dream about the next time we come back to the beautiful Central California coastline.