Exploring Big Sur in October

October 27, 2015

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PROBAR ambassador, musician and adventurer Christine Donaldson reports on a recent trip to Big Sur and why she loves it at this time of year. Check out more from Christine here.

Big Sur is an incredibly beautiful little town on the central coast of California, nestled between the Santa Lucia coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean. People flock here during the summer for sunny hiking, camping, and coastal explorations. But I’ve discovered that October is actually my favorite time to visit this place. There are lots of places to camp, so it makes for a fun and affordable trip!

While it’s getting too cold for summer camping in the majority of the US, October hosts sunny 70-degree days in Big Sur. It’s a much more comfortable time to hike than the sweltering summer. In the evenings a cool fog rolls in, almost in sync with the setting sun. It makes it all the more fun to bundle up and gather around the campfire :) In the mornings I love to make coffee and nibble on a PROBAR at the campsite before leaving to hike.

 

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big sur

 

Hiking is definitely the highlight of being in Big Sur! Trails wind up the coastal hills and lead you to waterfalls and spectacular views of the jagged coastline. There are also lots of beautiful little beaches and coves to explore. A few of my favorite are McWay Falls and Andrew Molera State Park.

 

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big sur

Whether you’re leaving or going to Big Sur from the North, it’s amazing to stop and look at Bixby Bridge. It’s a crazy concrete arch on a cliff that was built in 1931!! To me, it’s sort of like the historic gate to the magical lands of Big Sur.

So there you have it. October in Big Sur!

 

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