"Castro Canyon Waterfall"

Big Sur, California, USA

About “Castro Canyon Waterfall”

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2010-03-19
Date last visited: 2010-03-19

Waterfall Latitude: 36.21741
Waterfall Longitude: -121.74984

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

“Castro Canyon Waterfall” is a name I’m making up for this surprise waterfall on the Big Sur Coast.

It’s actually on the Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn property, but you can see the lower part of the falls from the Castro Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 right next to the property.

Deetjens_003_03192010 - The Castro Canyon Waterfall as seen from Hwy 1 by the Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Property
The Castro Canyon Waterfall as seen from Hwy 1 by the Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Property

There’s also a tiny upper waterfall, which you can see from the small bridge next to the Castro Canyon Room within the property.

We don’t know how long the creek in Castro Canyon lasts considering we saw this falls during Spring in a year when the area had been battered by heavy rains all Winter long.

But we figured we mind as well include it on the website since it certainly did look like a legitimate waterfall as far as we were concerned.


The “Castro Canyon Waterfall” resides in the Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn Property on the Big Sur Coast near Big Sur in Monterey County, California. This waterfall didn’t seem to have an official governing authority. Nevertheless, if you want to inquire for more information or current conditions, you may want to try to visit the USDA Forest Service website.

Deetjens_007_03192010 - The tiny upper Castro Canyon Waterfall and stream
Deetjens_006_03192010 - Castro Canyon Room fronting the upper waterfall of Castro Canyon
Deetjens_022_jx_03192010 - Hwy 1 passing by Deetjen's
Deetjens_027_jx_03192010 - Checking out the bridge label over the Castro Canyon Creek

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn (where you can find Castro Canyon’s stream) is along Hwy 1 about 7.5 miles north of the turnoff for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (where you can find McWay Falls) and about 3 miles south of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park turnoff (where you can find Pfeiffer Falls).

For additional context, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn was 34 miles (about an hour drive) south of Monterey, 101 miles (about 2.5 hours drive) north of San Luis Obispo, 105 miles (2 hours drive) south of San Jose, 152 miles (3.5 hours drive) south of San Francisco, and 304 miles (6 hours drive) north of Los Angeles.

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Bottom up sweep of the longer, taller lower cascades from the Hwy 1 bridge

Bottom up sweep of the upper waterfall from within the Deetjen's Big Sur Inn

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