September 23rd, 2007

Egrets Reading

THE Waterfall



McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California


It appears in almost every "Scenes of California" calendar. It's on the cover of books about California State Parks and brochures about Big Sur.

For a long time, I've considered it THE waterfall I most wanted to see and now that dream has been realized. Wendy, Janis, and I stopped for a little site-seeing hike on our way back from Asilomar on September 10th.

It was everything I thought it would be. What surprised me was how easy it is to see. If you are driving on Highway One in the Big Sur area it really is a MUST stop. It's a 1/4 mile trail with almost no elevation gain/loss, leading from a parking lot east of Highway One through the tunnel of yesterday's photo post to an overlook spot.

It's a five minute hike, so in theory it's a ten minute stop on a Highway One drive, but if you have a camera, it's more like 45 minutes....or more, depending upon how crazy you get with your camera.

Unfortunately, you cannot hike down to the beach, but somehow its inaccessibility adds to its beauty. The waterfall is fed by a spring, so it continues to be breathtaking even in a dry year with little rainfall.

naked lily --
the beach I walk
only in my dreams

photo and haiku (c)2007 - Deborah P Kolodji