Personal Experience: During the summer of 2015, we found this spot by pure chance when we were re-visiting one of our favorite spots in Big Sur: Partington Cove. We parked next to what appeared to be a trail and decided to see what it was all about. Next thing you know, we've entered this new wonderland of greenery and beauty. The sun was almost setting so unfortunately we did not get to explore for long. Once we returned from our trip I did some research on the location and learned about an abandoned tin house at the top of the trail. The sites I read also claimed the hike to be a 5 mile loop.
I was able to grab some info on the now destroyed tin house: the house was built in 1944 by former N.Y. Congressman Lathrop Brown who also built the now-removed home at McWay Falls. The tin sheeting came from several old gas stations. Once the house was completed, the Browns spent one mere night there before realizing that the tin made the structure quite loud as it expanded and shrank with the temperature changes and that metal is extremely hot! For these reasons, they never returned!
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