Church Creek to Pine Valley Camp

Big Sur, California

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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 the Church Creek and Carmel River Trails; (2) Los Padres Dam Trailhead (22.3 miles point-to-point) via Pine Valley, Hiding Canyon, and the Carmel River; (3) Arroyo Seco Campground (32.5 miles point-to-point) through Church Creek with a detour to Pine Valley via the Pine Ridge, Carmel River, Black Cone, and Marble Peak Trails; or (4) the Church Creek Trailhead (34.2 miles out-and-back) with a detour to Pine Valley via the Pine Ridge, Black Cone, Marble Peak, and Horse Pasture Trails and Tassajara Road. While the last two routes could bypass the detour to Pine Valley, that 1.7-mile trail leads to one of Ventana’s premier camps. As is the case with most wilderness trails, these routes suffer from overgrown brush and poison oak, faint tread, fallen snags, and other obstacles.

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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 the Church Creek and Carmel River Trails; (2) Los Padres Dam Trailhead (22.3 miles point-to-point) via Pine Valley, Hiding Canyon, and the Carmel River; (3) Arroyo Seco Campground (32.5 miles point-to-point) through Church Creek with a detour to Pine Valley via the Pine Ridge, Carmel River, Black Cone, and Marble Peak Trails; or (4) the Church Creek Trailhead (34.2 miles out-and-back) with a detour to Pine Valley via the Pine Ridge, Black Cone, Marble Peak, and Horse Pasture Trails and Tassajara Road. While the last two routes could bypass the detour to Pine Valley, that 1.7-mile trail leads to one of Ventana’s premier camps. As is the case with most wilderness trails, these routes suffer from overgrown brush and poison oak, faint tread, fallen snags, and other obstacles."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Sur
Distance: 17
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly

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Jun 2018