Hiking and Backpacking Big Sur  by Analise Elliot Heid

Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur Guide Book

by Analise Elliot Heid (Wilderness Press)
Hiking and Backpacking Big Sur  by Analise Elliot Heid
This is the most detailed guide to hiking and backpacking in Big Sur. Explore the endless hiking and backpacking possibilities in 75 trips (plus numerous side trips) on the rugged coastline and isolated backcountry trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness. Stretching 90 miles from Carmel to San Simeon, Big Sur consists of coastal cliffs, jagged rocky promontories, ancient redwood forests, and lush riparian woodlands. This invaluable resource gives the latest information on the trails, roads, camps, and beaches in Big Sur, plus all of the area's state parks and wilderness areas.

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Trails from the "Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 74.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 74.

This route offers several day-hike or overnight options, including: (1) 4.2 miles round-trip to Villa Creek Camp; (2) 4.7 miles point-to-point from Alder Creek Camp to Highway 1 via the Buckeye and Cr ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
Adjacent to the Big Sur River, Creamery Meadow is lined with dense riparian woodland. You’ll stroll past twisted sycamores, head-high yellow bush lupines, and gnarled redwoods. Once a cattle pasture, ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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Following the 1977 Marble-Cone Fire, the US Forest Service abandoned the Black Cone Trail, which was quickly reclaimed by dense thickets of chaparral. The 1999 Kirk Complex Fires raged along most of t ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 26.2
This route meanders through Carmel River canyon, lush with ferns and shaded by colorful deciduous trees. Those on day hikes or short weekend trips visit the riverside Bluff Camp, only 4.1 miles from t ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.8
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This hike leads to an idyllic cove at the west end of the Spring Trail, where the sand is tinged with pink and purple hues. The return along the Panorama and Ridge Trails promises spectacular views as ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
This trail follows the south bank of the Big Sur beneath a canopy of redwoods and tanoaks before climbing Pfeiffer Ridge. Despite the promise of gorgeous overlooks of the Santa Lucia Range and Pacific ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
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Carmel River State Beach actually comprises two beaches: Carmel River State Beach, at the river mouth, and Monastery Beach (aka San Jose Creek Beach), just south of the river. The trail saunters along ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This hike begins amid colorful coastal wildflowers in Carmelo Meadow and leads to Whalers Cove, the former site of a prosperous whaling station. A short stroll up the road leads to the Whalers Cabin M ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
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From the Church Creek Trailhead, hikers can choose from at least four route options, each featuring a stay at beautiful Pine Valley. Destinations include: (1) Pine Valley (17 miles out-and-back) via t ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17
You can approach this as either a strenuous day hike or an overnight trip. The camp is also accessible from Bottchers Gap via the Little Sur Trail (see TRIP 41 Pico Blanco, page 167). Although this tr ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
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The hike stretches about a mile to the south end of the park via the headlands or the beach.
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
You can approach this 15-mile loop as either an extremely strenuous day hike or a more enjoyable yet still strenuous backpacking trip, staying at one or more of the four camps along the route. Most pe ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 15
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This is the shortest trail to one of the highest peaks in the Santa Lucia Range. Trails to 5862-foot Junipero Serra, 4853-foot Ventana Double Cone, and 4417-foot Mt. Carmel require significantly more ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
The route crosses the Big Sur and follows the river past mature sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, and alders before climbing high above the coastal bluffs. The Hidden Trail ascends Pfeiffer Ridge for 36 ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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The Cruikshank Trailhead is on the east side of Highway 1, 0.6 mile south of the Villa Creek bridge, 66 miles south of Carmel, and 4.5 miles north of the abandoned Salmon Creek Station. Park at the sm ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
This short, easy trail leads to overlooks of nearshore islands and rocky coves, where sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions frolic amid multicolored kelp beds.
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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The Big Pines Trail ascends the ridge crest above Danish Creek, offering views deep into the Carmel River watershed. Beware of profuse low-lying poison oak along this stretch. From this ridge, the Dan ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
You can approach this as either moderate to strenuous day hikes or an overnight trip to Apple Tree or Turner Creek Camps.
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
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This route offers several out-and-back day hikes and overnight options, including: (1) 4 miles round-trip to Spruce Creek Camp, (2) 8.4 miles round-trip to Dutra Flat, (3) 12.2 miles round-trip to Tur ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 15.6
This trail switchbacks up a sheer hillside to a secluded ridge capped with redwoods. The 1.6-mile trail reaches 1550 feet, offering sweeping views of the coast and Santa Lucia Range. Bring plenty of w ...
Big Sur, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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