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Pine Ridge Trail #3E06

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23.1 mile 37.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 7,849' 2,392 m
Descent: -3,831' -1,168 m
High: 4,750' 1,448 m
Low: 294' 90 m

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Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A complete traverse of the Ventana Wilderness.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Completely traversing the Ventana Wilderness from 5,000-foot-high Chews Ridge to Big Sur Station, the Pine Ridge Trail is the most popular trail in the Ventana Region. Built in 1916 by the Post family of Big Sur, the Pine Ridge Trail offers hikers and equestrians a complete array of backcountry camps to enjoy.

The western half has streamside and redwood-shaded Terrace Creek, Barlow, Sykes and Redwood Camps, while the eastern portion of the trail offers montane conifer and mixed hardwood forested ridges and meadows at Pine Ridge, Divide and Pine Valley camps.

With the dedicated and secure parking area at Big Sur Station, the western Pine Ridge trailhead there is the wilderness entry point of choice for many backcountry travelers. While many use it for access to the beautiful riverside camps along the wild and scenic Big Sur River, it also makes possible a number of outstanding loop trips in the Ventana Wilderness.

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Click HERE for Sykes Camp and hot springs information.

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