Brazil Ranch

Carmel, California

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This is the most readily accessed coastal trail in Los Padres National Forest. The climb to the ridge is a cardio workout. Hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the coastline, with Pico Blanco lording over the undulating hills to the east. El Sur Grande (The Big South), south of Monterey Peninsula, has always been a rugged and spectacular swath of wilderness described as the “Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea.” Ohlone, Esselen, and Salinan Native American tribes were the first to make this coastline a seasonal home. In 1769 a Spanish expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá set foot on the inhospitably steep shores before finally landing in Monterey in 1770.
Coastal Trails of Northern California

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Coastal Trails of Northern California

by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This is the most readily accessed coastal trail in Los Padres National Forest. The climb to the ridge is a cardio workout. Hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of the coastline, with Pico Blanco lording over the undulating hills to the east.

El Sur Grande (The Big South), south of Monterey Peninsula, has always been a rugged and spectacular swath of wilderness described as the “Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea.” Ohlone, Esselen, and Salinan Native American tribes were the first to make this coastline a seasonal home. In 1769 a Spanish expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá set foot on the inhospitably steep shores before finally landing in Monterey in 1770.

© 2017 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carmel
Distance: 3.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 415 feet
Top Elevation: 1,526 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District, 406 South Mildred, King City 93930; (831) 385-3434; Resource Manager, (831) 667-1126; Big Sur Station, (831) 667-2315
Driving Directions: Directions to Brazil Ranch

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