Pico Blanco Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain2,421ft
Trailhead Elevation800ft
Top2,158ft
Elevation Min/Max800/2158ft
Elevation Start/End800/800ft

Pico Blanco Trail

Pico Blanco Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 800 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,421 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Jackson Camp Access Trail.

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Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Pico Blanco Road is an unpaved, vehicle-restricted road that winds through the mountains under the shadow of Pico Blanco. The road parallels and descends to the Little Sur River. En route are magnificent views of Pico Blanco’s north face. The road is on private land with a right-of-way for hikers. The hike begins on a mountain saddle at Bottchers Gap at an elevation of 2,050 feet. The road/trail descends 1 ,1 00 feet to a bridge crossing the river at Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. The camp was donated to the boy scouts by William Randolph Hearst in 1948. Redwoods planted between 1910 and 1921 surround the camp. An optional two-mile side trip leads from the road to the Little Sur River Camp about half way into the hike." Read more
Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press)
Analise Elliot Heid
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"This route leads 7.4 miles to Pico Blanco Camp. You can approach it as a strenuous day hike, a one- to three-night out-and-back, or a point-topoint trip. On a two- to three-night trip, consider staying at Little Sur Camp (2.6 miles from Bottchers Gap) or Jackson Camp (5.2 miles from Bottchers Gap), then hiking on to Pico Blanco Camp (" Read more
"Pico Blanco Road is an unpaved, vehicle-restricted road that winds through the mountains under the shadow of Pico Blanco. The road parallels and descends to the Little Sur River. En route are magnificent views of Pico Blanco’s north face. The road is on private land with a right-of-way for hikers." Read more

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Andrew Molera State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Big Sur
Local Maps

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Dec 2018