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2.57 miles

Elevation Gain

804 ft

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Buzzards Roost Trail in Big Sur, California, is a moderate difficulty hiking trail that spans approximately 2.57 miles round trip. The trail is known for its elevation gain of 804 feet, which provides hikers with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The trail begins in a dense redwood forest before transitioning into a more open chaparral ecosystem, offering a diverse range of flora and fauna. The trail is well-marked and includes a series of switchbacks that lead to the summit. At the top, hikers are rewarded with a large flat rock that serves as a perfect spot for a picnic or rest. The trail is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, and a variety of bird species. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes due to the rocky terrain and bring plenty of water, especially during the summer months when temperatures can rise. The trail is open year-round, but the best time to hike is during the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Despite its moderate difficulty, the trail is suitable for hikers of all skill levels who are in good physical condition.
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