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Pine Ridge Trail #3E06

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23.1 mile 37.2 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
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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

Grade

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 runners 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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Sunset.
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Crosswords at the Big Sur River on the Pine Ridge Trail. Downriver, are the hot springs. Upriver, lies the campsite.
Nov 9, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Sunrise along the Big Sur River at the Sykes Hot Springs location.
Nov 10, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
The Big Sur River at Sykes Camp
Aug 9, 2015 near Carmel…, CA
Spring along Pine Ridge!
Aug 13, 2015 near Carmel…, CA

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