Monday, July 30, 2012

Writing Honorable Mention: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park {Catch-Up}

Best Campsites in California contest deadline of March 7, 2012

Clinging to the cliffs south of Big Sur is one of the state parks that bears the name "Pfeiffer." This park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is a family favorite for two reasons: first, McWay Waterfall, a frothy white stream that drops from a steep cliff to a turquoise cove below; second, two of the most secluded state-run campsites you will find. Ever. Don't be fooled into booking a spot at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It's not the same place. Julia Pfeiffer Burns's campsites are accessible only by hike. It's a short hike, but it is steep—downhill going in and uphill coming out. So, pack lightly or bring a wheelbarrow. When I was fortunate enough to book both sites for my son's birthday camping trip one year, we picked up the parking tags from the wilderness station and the ranger asked, incredulously, "How did you get the two best campsites in California on a holiday weekend?!" Lots of planning and a little luck.

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