IN BIG SUR IT PAYS to be curious and improvisational. .
For example, Garrapata Cove isn’t marked by a sign. The trailhead is at a pullout where Highway 1 passes between a double row of cypresses, and that’s how it’s known. .
Nor are viewpoints or features marked. The area is laced with trails hacked through coastal scrub, fragrant with sage and colored with monkey flowers and lupine. .
Some of the trails end at the granite headlands, which invite more exploration. .