Manuel Peak Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance6.6mi
Elevation Gain6,766ft
Trailhead Elevation235ft
Top3,569ft
Elevation Min/Max235/3569ft
Elevation Start/End235/235ft

Manuel Peak Trail

Manuel Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 235 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,766 feet. Manuel Peak (elevation 3,524 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Post Summit (elevation 3,445 feet).

Manuel Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Outstanding views keynote this hike, which begins in the redwood groves of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and ends overlooking the immense expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Much of this hike is spent on the open and dry slopes of the chaparral-covered hillsides, so during the warm summer months plan to start your hike early and carry plenty of water."

"Offering an overview of the Ventana Wilderness, this steep trail averages an 11% grade, reaching 3379' in 5.4 miles at the peak’s scenic viewpoint. You’ll ascend past sun-scorched chaparral, cool redwood groves, and oak woodlands. From May through October, this is often a sunny, dry trek, so bring a wide-brimmed hat and plenty of extra water. Despite the hot climb, wear long pants for protection from ticks, brush, and poison oak. In summer, the coast is often fogbound, though views inland remain unobscured."

"Approach this as an out-and-back hike rather than a point-to-point trek since the Mt. Manuel Trail is closed westbound from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Seriously consider curtailing your hike, however, as sections between Vado Camp and Manuel Peak are considered impassable due to trail washouts, deadfalls, and brush encroachment."

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Ventana Wilderness; Big Sur Station
Local Contacts
USFS Ventana Wilderness; USGS Pfeiffer Point and Big Sur
Local Maps

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Oct 2018