Summary: Canyon Falls in is a small and secluded waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur), reached by a short walk through tall redgum forest.

Not quite as spectacular (or busy) as the nearby McWay Waterfall, Canyon Falls is a small waterfall in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, along Big Sur in California. The waterfall is formed by an upper tributary of McWay Creek, which tumbles 20m (according to the official Web site) over three tiers. The waterfall drops through a chute in a granite wall; next to the waterfall is a large redwood tree, with enormous exposed roots. It’s a small and secluded waterfall, in contrast to the more spectacular but often crowded McWay waterfall on the coast.

P1000025 LR Canyon Falls (Big Sur)

Getting to Canyon Falls (Big Sur)

The waterfall is reached via the Ewoldsen Trail, which starts from the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park carpark just off Highway 1. It’s about one mile (1.6km) return to the falls, or you can do a longer 4 mile (6.3km loop).

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