Grimes Spring Big Sur  5/5 (1)

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This spring is well known among locals of Big Sur area.  I know people who have drank from this spring for years, as have I.  Located in the hill on the inland side of HWY 1.

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  1. Just got my first wild water ever from this spring today. It’s been raining lately and I got 5 gallons in 2 minutes. Right now there is a white pvc pipe sticking straight out that someone set up to help capture water, also makes it easier to see from the road. Water is crystal clear. Apparently many locals drink this water regularly.

  2. I visited this spring on Sunday, 11/24/19. Filled up several 16oz water bottles very quickly; there’s no pipe, but someone dug out a place to fit water bottles into while the water pours down over some assembled rocks, like a little fountain. Have been drinking the water for days, tastes great and crystal clear. Beautiful spot to visit. Found it by counting the miles down from the ranger station (4.3), then listening for running water; you can spot it easily by looking for the puddles/damp spot along the otherwise dry cliffside, where some lovely greenery blooms.

  3. Ginny’s directions are the best ever: “…when you pass the Big Sur Station set your odometer to zero and the spring will be at 4.3 miles south of Big Sur Station. It really is literally alongside the hwy. Just past it is a turn-out on the right. Right across from it you will hear water falling from a pipe that goes under the road (from the spring) and pours down the mountain and out to sea. Surfers bathe under it. So roll your windows down and listen as you get close. There are some small pipes coming out of it to help with collection. The water is running fast now! ”
    Collected water today 7/21/2018, water was flowing over a gallon a minute. I got about 15 gallons in 10 minutes. The Water is GOOD!!! Thank you Ginny for the excellent directions.

  4. Spring is 4.3 miles from Big Sur Station. It is not very cold at about 67 degrees F. It tastes good though! There is no pipe, the water comes right out the rocks and we filled our 2 quart container in about 1 minute.

  5. As of May 2022 the spring is still there, though there’s no pipe. I don’t live in California, so I’d like to clarify the directions a bit for anyone who isn’t familiar with the Big Sur area. The spring is in a crevice on the mountain side of hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), 4.3 miles SOUTH of the Big Sur Ranger Station, 1.2 miles SOUTH of Big Sur Inn, .3 miles NORTH of Grimes Point Scenic Overlook, and 1 mile NORTH of COAST Big Sur cafe and gallery.

    The map here is pretty dead on, and the photo I’ve taken is from the large oceanside pullout south of the spring looking north toward it. The trees on the other side of the guardrail shade the culvert pipe below the road, which you can clearly hear spilling water constantly. There are pullout spaces on either side of the road, though the widest are oceanside. The water itself pours from the mountainside rocks low inside a crevice/short cave, and you have to reach pretty far in to get to it. Bring a smaller gallon-sized container to collect water if you’re going to fill a larger multi-gallon container. I would not recommend gathering water from the culvert below the road, seeing how the water flows next to the asphalt in open air and then drains down into the culvert.

  6. We just drove by this. Didn’t get pa photo but it looks like it’s been recently bulldozed. It was heartbreaking. Can someone else please check?

  7. Wondering how this water is now, post fire? Is it still clean? Should I test it before drinking (not sure how). I’ve never foraged for water before, but have always wanted to, and with what’s happening re: water, Standing Rock, I feel called to do so. Thanks!

  8. Ginny, Thanks for the great directions! Foraged for spring water for the first time today. TDS reading of 173. Still learning how to test water quality but it seems pretty great to me so far. Water is warm as Ginny noted – approx 65 degrees Farenheit. Curious to learn more about this particular spring and any others close by.

  9. Hi guys, i just went to my local spring in santa cruz, it took 1 hour to get 1 galloon. Im really interested in coming out to big sur, i have sensitivities to the filtered/tap waters.. please help me with a more descriptive location of this. Like maybe what to look for or tips on ho wto notice it. Is it literally right alongside the hwy? etc.. Thank you so much !!

    1. Anyaleese, when you pass the Big Sur Station set your odometer to zero and the spring will be at 4.3 miles south of Big Sur Station. It really is literally alongside the hwy. Just past it is a turn-out on the right. Right across from it you will hear water falling from a pipe that goes under the road (from the spring) and pours down the mountain and out to sea. Surfers bathe under it. So roll your windows down and listen as you get close. There are some small pipes coming out of it to help with collection. The water is running fast now! 70 gallons in less than an hour. I have some pictures of it at https://www.facebook.com/Monterey-Area-Spring-Water-Wild-Food-and-Foraging-732198880172376/.

  10. Need better directions…got conflicting info here. 4.5 miles would be at Ventana Inn…is that correct? Is there any markers to make it more obvious, since the scenery is very similar.

    1. Possible for you to get a correct GPS for us so we can update? That would be wonderful and we would greatly appreciate making it accurate 🙂

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