Salmon Creek Falls on Hwy 1

A gorgeous sheltered waterfall hidden between trees and boulders.
It’s a little treasure you might get lucky to have all to yourself only because it’s not marked well and most pass right by it not even knowing it exists. But there it is, in all it’s glory, just feet away from PCH. Waterfalls have a very special place in my heart and I could have spent a whole day at this spot!

The water is clear, clean and so inviting. Don’t be afraid to jump in for a swim and a climb up to see that famous backside of a waterfall!

The waterfall is located right by a tight horseshoe shaped curve north of Rugged Point (picture below). Park on the side of the road.

We had a hard time figuring out which path to take and after a group of people told us not to take the trail to the right we went on the grand adventure of the “trail” on the left. This “trail” had us climbing and jumping over rocks and boulders, along and across the creek, and had us doubting we’d ever find the waterfall. But we did! And it was an adventure in itself getting there especially wearing well used flip flops. So I’d recommend taking the trail to the right if you’re looking for an easier way in but watch out for Poison Oak. You’ll still be climbing over boulders and across a log to get there, but it’s totally worth it. I wouldn’t recommend it for the elderly and really young kids unless you’re ready to lift and help them climb.

17 Comments on “Salmon Creek Falls on Hwy 1

  1. Hello. Have you read Jack Kerouacโ€™s autobiographical novel Big Sur? Itโ€™s gritty stuff. Not all of it is set in Big Sur, but much is. I canโ€™t remember if he mentions the waterfall, though.
    Take care.

    Neil Scheinin

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