Join us for a Shoestring Adventure in Big Sur June 10-12!
Located south of San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, Big Sur offers breathtaking views from the mountains and ancient redwoods to the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. We will camp right on the Big Sur River, hike to 80-foot Pfeiffer Falls, relax in a nearby swimming hole, watch the sunset, snap some photos of McWay Falls and explore a secluded cove. Gourmet camp meals and first-time camper support included. Only 3 spots left, so register today!
Trip Type: Car Camping
Trip Level: Beginner
- Explore the wonders of Big Sur with an experienced guide.
- Learn the skills you need to camp confidently in the outdoors.
- Professional photographers will capture the best moments all weekend long!
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Campfire, s’mores and warm beverages
- Campsite fees/permit
- Wilderness First Responder/CPR Certified Leader with 4 years of guide experience
- Guide assistant to help facilitate group hikes and meals
- Leave No Trace Instruction
- A portion of your fee goes back to the park service to maintain and protect Big Sur State Park for future generations.
- If you’re traveling or don’t have camping gear, we’ve got you covered! Our partner GetOutfitted is offering Shoestring Warriors an exclusive 20% discount for convenient gear rentals. More details will be provided after registration.
Friday: Meet at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground in the afternoon. Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Warm up with a beverage, enjoy dinner with new friends and relax around the campfire.
Saturday: Coffee and breakfast. In the morning, we’ll hike 3.1-mile round trip to 80-ft Pfeiffer Falls. In the afternoon, we’ll hike The Gorge Trail from our campground to relax in the swimming hole. Dinner and campfire.
Sunday: After breakfast, we will view the famous McWay Waterfall and hike 1.5 miles to Partington Cove before we return to Los Angeles.
* Schedule subject to change due to weather, camper ability/injury, natural events, fire or park restrictions. Shoestring Warriors should be in good physical shape, but we will hike at an easy pace and take breaks as needed.
What to Expect
We have reserved 2 family sites at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground. Due to limited capacity of campsites, you will most likely be sharing a party tent with your awesome fellow campers of the same sex. Amenities include restrooms, showers and convenience store.
What to Bring
Campers should bring their own sleeping bag and pad. See above for details on convenient gear rentals available from GetOutfitted. We will provide the party tents.
All cooking tools and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch are provided. Fresh coffee will be served each morning. We practice Leave No Trace to enjoy the environment responsibly, so please bring your own mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, silverware) and reusable water bottle. Check out our Car Camping Gear Checklist and Gear Guide for other recommendations. You will receive a customized packing list before our trip.
Photographers, bring your camera, tripod, extra battery and memory card. Big Sur is an exceptional place to capture breathtaking ocean views and practice your photos skills.
How to Prepare
Don’t know anyone going on the trip? No problem! We offer a community for anyone who wants to experience the outdoors. After you register, you will receive a Welcome Kit email, which includes introductions to your fellow campers, a detailed packing list, itinerary, weather forecast and everything else you need to know to prepare for our trip. We are available to answers all questions and guide first-time campers every step of the way.
Typical coastal climate in Big Sur during late spring includes daytime temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, and nighttime temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s.
Transportation is not included. Allow 5 hour drive time from Los Angeles. Most campers take a vacation day on Friday. We will help facilitate carpools with other campers in your neighborhood. Each passenger will contribute toward their driver for gas and wear and tear.
Health & Safety
We take extra measures to ensure your safety and maximum level of fun. All Shoestring Adventures guides hold Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications. In remote destinations, we carry a DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger to contact authorities in case of emergency.
On the trail, we encourage campers to stay together, wear sun protection and stay hydrated. We minimize risk on the trail by keeping groups together while hiking, encouraging everyone to drink water and apply sunscreen, and making sure we’re prepared with gear appropriate to weather and our activities.
Other Important Stuff
Every camper must sign a Acknowledgement of Risks, Media Release and “Leave It Better” Pledge. Click each link to review and print at your convenience. For other questions, check out our FAQ or email [email protected]
Become an Official Member
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