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McWay Falls

McWay Falls, Big Sur 

McWay Falls is an a 80-foot waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, 37 miles south of CarmelMcWay Falls pours directly onto the beach of McWay Cove. The rock in McWay Cove is called Saddle Rock, because it resembles a saddle. :-) The land upon which the park is located was originally called Saddle Rock Ranch. A history of the area is in the Wikipedia article for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, above. There are nice hiking paths to an overlook and to other areas of the park. The beach and scenic cove are difficult to reach by land – please do not try. Not only is it dangerous, but I remember one set of photographs that I processed only to find that someone exhibiting puerile behavior had written an obscenity in the sand. I know, use the Photoshop “clone tool,” but I would rather not (and did not).

A beach without footprints or other traces of humans is pretty rare, and one with a waterfall that empties into the sea is rarer still.

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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