Horse Pasture Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain5,083ft
Trailhead Elevation2,316ft
Top2,654ft
Elevation Min/Max1034/2654ft
Elevation Start/End2316/2316ft

Horse Pasture Trail

Horse Pasture Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 2,316 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,083 feet. The Horse Pasture Trail information guidepost is near the trailhead. The Quail Spring and the Horse Pasture Camp site can be seen along the trail. There is also drinking water along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Marble Peak Trail.

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"Horse Pasture Trail is a lightly traveled trail off the far southern end of Tassajara Road. The trail leads to Willow Creek, linking Tassajara Road with Arroyo Seco. This hike along the first 1 .4 miles of the trail leads to Horse Pasture Camp, a quiet, out-of-use campsite on the banks of seasonal Horse Pasture Creek. The camp sits on a beautiful creekside flat inside the Ventana Wilderness boundary." Read more
"Horse Pasture Trail is a lightly traveled trail off the far southern end of Tassajara Road. The trail leads to Willow Creek, linking Tassajara Road with Arroyo Seco. This hike along the first 1 .4 miles of the trail leads to Horse Pasture Camp, a quiet, out-of-use campsite on the banks of seasonal Horse Pasture Creek. The camp sits on a beautiful creekside flat inside the Ventana Wilderness boundary." Read more
"This scenic trail leads to The Narrows on Tassajara Creek, a series of gorgeous pools and small waterfalls in a narrow canyon. The hike begins on the Horse Pasture Trail and descends down a side canyon, passing a waterfall in a rocky gorge. After exploring the cascades, the trail then loops upstream to Tassajara Hot Springs, located on the monastic Zen Mountain Center grounds at the very end of Tassajara Road." Read more
"This hike leads to The Narrows on Tassajara Creek, a series of gorgeous pools and small waterfalls in a narrow canyon. This hike begins on the Horse Pasture Trail and descends down a side can- yon, passing a waterfall in a rocky gorge. After exploring the cascades, the trail then loops upstream to Tassajara Hot Springs, located on the monastic Zen Mountain Center grounds at the very end of Tassajara Road." Read more

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4/24/2006
Hiked it on April 13. In pretty good shape, only one fallen tree that could be passed over. Fairly steep at the beginning, but with great ocean views. Then it levels off through scattered forest and clearings with good views.
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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Ventana Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Tassajara Hot Springs • Big Sur and Ventana Wilderness
Local Maps

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Dec 2018