Bay sights in Big Sur
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From the western side of Hwy 1, a poorly marked steep dirt trail descends half a mile along Partington Creek to Partington Cove , a little visited but very beautiful section of Big Sur. On the 1-mile loop you cross a cool bridge and then walk through an even cooler tunnel.
During Prohibition it was a landing spot for rum-runners. The water in the cove is unbelievably aqua and within it grows incredible kelp forests. There�s no real beach access, but you can scamper on the rocks and look for tide pools as waves cuff ominously. The turnoff is inside a large hairpin turn 8 miles south of Nepenthe restaurant and 1.8 miles north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.