Brazil Ranch Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain1,015ft
Trailhead Elevation589ft
Top1,492ft
Elevation Min/Max589/1492ft
Elevation Start/End589/589ft

Brazil Ranch Trail

Brazil Ranch Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 589 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,015 feet. The trail ends near Cerro Hill.

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Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Brazil Ranch stretches across 1 ,255 oceanfront acres along the Big Sur coast. The rocky shoreline includes the dramatic scalloped promontory of Hurricane Point. The old ranchland encompasses Sierra Hill, the 1 ,545-foot mountain that spans between Bixby Bridge to the north and the Little Sur River on the south. Tony and Margaret Brazil operated the ranch for nearly a century. In 1 977 it was purchased by Allen Funt, creator of the television show Candid Camera . Funt developed the land and raised quarter horses and cattle." Read more
Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Brazil Ranch stretches across 1 ,255 oceanfront acres along the Big Sur coast. The rocky shoreline includes the dramatic scalloped promontory of Hurricane Point. The old ranchland encompasses Sierra Hill, the 1 ,545-foot mountain that spans between Bixby Bridge to the north and the Little Sur River on the south. Tony and Margaret Brazil operated the ranch for nearly a century. In 1 977 it was purchased by Allen Funt, creator of the television show Candid Camera . Funt developed the land and raised quar- ter horses and cattle. The U.S. Forest Service acquired the ranch in 2002. This hike follows an old ranch road straight up the ridge of Sierra Hill to a series of flats with spectacular coastal and mountain vistas. The path follows the rolling grassy ridge to the summit." Read more
Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
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
Local Contacts
USGS: Point Sur
Local Maps

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Dec 2018