Big Sur Guided Hike

Our Private Hike Tour Guarantee

Our Big Sur guided day hike is guaranteed to be a private exclusive affair. Once we meet you at the start of the tour, we are yours for the rest of the trip. Our guides will cater to your personal preferences and can change the tour (within reason) to fit your needs. No one else will be on the tour. Our minimum booking size is two people for Big Sur hike eco tours and our prices vary according to your group size. Treat yourself to our personalized service!



Currently, Highway One is closed at Mud Creek on the southern Big Sur coast due to a large landslide. The highway there is being rebuilt and is not scheduled to re-open until late summer 2018. Although both hiking locations we use are accessible and WE CAN RUN THE BIG SUR TOUR as we normally do, there are two significant impacts. First, due to the location of the slide, hotels in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County (including Ragged Point Inn) will not have access to the tour. Second, UNTIL THE HIGHWAY IS RE-OPENED IN LATE SUMMER 2018, WE HAVE TO CHARGE AN ADDITIONAL $75 FLAT RATE (FOR PARTIES OF 2-3) OR AN ADDITIONAL $100 FLAT RATE (PARTIES OF 4-10).  We apologize for having to do this, but to get to the hiking areas from our location in SLO County it currently takes an extra 3 hours of drive time to get around the closure at Mud Creek. The surcharge is to account for the added time it takes us to do the tour. The surcharge will be made as an additional charge on your credit card approximately one week before the tour date only if necessary. This is to account for the fact that we don't know the exact date the highway will be re-opened. You are free to cancel the tour at any point up until one week prior with no penalty.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the surcharge.


HIKING: Big Sur Ecotour (Family Friendly)

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Itinerary Description

Get ready for a classic Big Sur adventure - exploring misty redwood filled canyons, waterfalls, rocky beaches and several intriguing historic sites, all in the span of one day! On this private guided hiking eco tour of the Big Sur coast, your guide will drive you between trailheads and take you on the hikes, leaving you free to admire the stunning views of the coast and watch for a glimpse of the majestic and rare California condor or even whales. At Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park you will take several short hikes; visiting a secluded rocky cove, several historic structures and a waterfall plunging to the sands below. Farther south along the Big Sur coast at Limekiln State Park, delightful trails meander among redwoods to historic lime kilns. An optional side trip along a trail with stream crossings takes you to a spectacular 100’ foot waterfall. Amongst these wonders your knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalist guide will relate stories behind the scenes and lay out a gourmet picnic lunch in the shade by a cascading creek. This is a great Big Sur guided trip for families as well as adult groups and truly highlights the incredible diversity of the Big Sur coast.

Distance 4-5 miles split between several hikes. Total hike time is 3-4 hours
Difficulty Moderately Easy
Terrain Mostly gentle terrain with one steep 1/4 mile descent and climb
Total Tour Time 6-9 hours, including drive time (depends on where we meet you) and lunch
Complimentary Pick-Up

We offer complimentary pick up in Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Treebones Resort, and Lucia Lodge. People staying in other places in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County usually meet us in Morro Bay for the drive up to the hiking areas. People staying in the town of Big Sur or the Monterey/Carmel area usually meet us at the first hiking location - Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Until late sumer 2018 we are unable to run the tour for anyone staying in any SLO County hotels (including Ragged Point Inn) due to the highway closure on Highway One at Mud Creek. We ARE able to run the tour for anyone staying in Monterey Peninsula or on the Big Sur coast north of Gorda (including Ttreebones). See above for details.

Price Per Person, by group size (youth discounts) - Surchages may apply - see above.

2 people 3 people 4 people 5-9 people 10 or more
$210 $180 $160 $145 Please inquire

“Richard and I just made it back home and we talked about how great the tour was all the way home! John is an extremely intelligent and informative guide and we both learned a lot during our tour. We would not have been so adventurous on our own and John provided a lot of insight into the biological make-up of the Big Sur coastline. And we absolutely LOVED our picnic lunch! We will not hesitate to recommend Central Coast Outdoors to anyone heading up your way, and we will definitely book another tour for ourselves on our next trip! Thanks for a wonderful and memorable adventure!”

Kelley and Richard Saunders
Mission Viejo, CA

What does the price of the Big Sur Guided Ecotour include?

Our Big Sur hiking eco tours are fully guided private, exclusive tours that include everything to make your time with us as pleasant and care free as possible. Included in the price of the hike tour are:

  1. Vehicle transport during the tour.
  2. Naturalist guide/driver.
  3. Snacks and water.
  4. Gourmet picnic lunch.
  5. Complimentary pick-up at locations along the coast between our office in Los Osos and the first hiking location on the Big Sur coast. Please contact us for logistics of when and where to meet us if you are not staying on the coast in northern SLO County or southern Monterey County. See above for limitations on pick up locations for the tour until late summer 2018.