Another icon of the Big Sur Coastline. If parking is full at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there is an alternate approach. Continue south on Hwy 1 up out of the McWay Creek valley and through the rock cut curve. There is ample parking at a vista view on the west side of Hwy 1. Take the Fire Road west around the hill past the campground and top of McWay Falls until you circle back to the highway near the tunnel under pass for the trail.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.