Hiking Big Ben Loop, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell State Park: Big Ben Loop #winehike

The redwoods are always my favorite place to escape in inclement weather. There’s nothing quite like hiking under the protection of dense branches towering way above, being tickled by little bits of rain, and listening to roaring creeks.

When Wine Hiker heard that An Epic Adventurer was coming to town, he made wine hiking plans, lickety split and invited Chasqui Mom (and #outfam) and I along!

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Hiking the Tin House from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns Tin House

I’ve been meaning to do this hike for a while, but never manage to make it out to Big Sur. The one time I did this past summer, I accidentally went to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (I mean, come on, the names are so identical) and ended climbing up the Big Sur River instead. Made it down to the right park this past Christmas, but then drove past the trailhead.

But that’s okay! Because it made this hike even better. I parked at the big turnout down the road from McWay Falls about 500 feet and walked up Highway 1 into park headquarters. For Christmas Day, it was pretty packed full of people already leaving. (It was 10am when I got there.)

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