Lost Valley Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California
Elevation Gain9,664ft
Trailhead Elevation2,274ft
Elevation Min/Max1639/2913ft
Elevation Start/End2274/2273ft

Lost Valley Trail

Lost Valley Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Ventana Wilderness and Los Padres National Forest. It is 10.8 miles long and begins at 2,274 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,664 feet. Fish Camp, Lost Valley Camp, and another camp site can be seen along the trail. There is also a meadow along the trail. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: North Coast Ridge Trail.
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The tred is very poor to non existant in many places. Once you make it to the lost valley camp the trail virturally disappears over the next few stream crossings.

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Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
"Extensive meadows and a reliable water source make Lost Valley a popular destination for day hikers and backpackers throughout the hiking season. However, regular visitors all agree that springtime is the best, when wildflowers carpet the valley and hillsides, turning the meadows into a brilliant afghan of yellows, blues, and reds. If you wish to time your visit to enjoy the wildflowers, check ahead with the ranger office." Read more

Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Trail Guides

100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range

Ventana Wilderness; Monterey Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Ventana Wilderness; USGS Junipero Serra Peak and Tassajara Hot Springs
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