BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA Spanning California's Central Coast for approximately 90 miles, the region of "Big Sur" is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and rugged coastal mountain ranges in the entire world. This remote stretch of coastal terrain offers stunning views of cliffs dropping abruptly into the Pacific Ocean, huge stands of redwoods, secret hot springs, unspoiled beaches, and outrageous wildlife viewing.
TRAVEL: The nearest airport is located in Monterey, although San Jose International (SJC) is about 1.5 hours to the north. Hop Highway 1 southbound and 26 miles south of Monterey, you've made it to the town of Big Sur. This course spans the entire coast, starting in Big Sur, through Andrew Molera, Pfieffer Big Sur, Sand Dollar, and Big Creek Reserve.
ACCOMMODATIONS: This course covers 2 main zones in the Big Sur region: Big Sur's North Coast (town, and adjacent State Parks), and the Big Sur South Coast. Camping accommodations are provided along the way, although are not required. Additionally, this course goes backpacking overnight. Please see the conference guide to determine if this course is right for you.
NEARBY ACTIVITIES Hiking is the most popular pastime in Big Sur. A search of "The Bluff Trail" at Andrew Molera, "Vicente Flat" on the South Coast, or "Buzzards Roost" in Big Sur will get started. Make sure to visit Julia Pfieffer State Park to visit the waterfall. Our favorite beaches include Garrapata State Park, Sand Dollar Beach, and Pfieffer Beach. Surfing is popular in nearby Santa Cruz and Monterey, with lessons available to novices. There is a high probability for swell and excellent conditions in both Spring and Fall. On Monterey Bay, sailing lessons and day charters are available through Backcountry Medical Guides both before, and after the course.