Pine Ridge Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Distance22.3mi
Elevation Gain26,420ft
Trailhead Elevation4,328ft
Top4,756ft
Elevation Min/Max281/4756ft
Elevation Start/End4328/4328ft

Pine Ridge Trail

Pine Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Ventana Wilderness. It is 22.3 miles long and begins at 4,328 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 46.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 26,420 feet. The Pfeiffer School (elevation 354 feet) school is near the trailhead. There are also information guideposts, parking, drinking water, restrooms, and a parking. The Ventana Wilderness Sign information guidepost and the Barlow Flat Camp, Sykes Camp, and Redwood Creek Camp sites can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Post Creek Trail, Terrace Creek Trail, Church Creek Trail and Carmel River Trail.

Pine Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Pine Ridge Trail is a key access route to numerous camps and trails throughout the expansive Ventana Wilderness. The trailhead begins at the Big Sur Ranger Station in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The most popular destination from the Pine Ridge Trail is the tenmile overnight hike to the hot springs at Sykes Camp. This hike takes in the first 5.3 miles of the trail to Terrace Creek Camp, traveling along the Big Sur River Valley 600–800 feet above the river."

"This trip offers hikers several overnight itineraries within the rugged northern Santa Lucia Range. If you can arrange a shuttle vehicle, consider two point-topoint routes that cross the Ventana Wilderness: (1) the Pine Ridge Trail from China Camp to Big Sur, and (2) the Pine Ridge Trail, Black Cone Trail, and Marble Peak Trail from China Camp to Arroyo Seco. Highlights on the route to Big Sur include massive ponderosa pines atop ridges and large meadows, ancient redwood groves along the Big Sur River, and oak-dotted golden hillsides blanketed in spring wildflowers."

"The Pine Ridge Trail is a key access route to numerous camps and trails throughout the expansive Ventana Wilderness. The trailhead begins at the Big Sur Ranger Station in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The most popular destination from the Pine Ridge Trail is the ten- mile overnight hike to the hot springs at Sykes Camp. This hike takes in the first 5.3 miles of the trail to Terrace Creek, traveling along the Big Sur River Valley 600–800 feet above the river. The hike can be made into a longer 1 2.5-mile loop by returning on the Terrace Creek Trail and the Coast Ridge Road. This route in- volves additional elevation gain and walking along Highway 1 back to the trailhead."

Pine Ridge Trail Reviews

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8/1/2009
Great little rocky cove, but it is totally unmarked--we passed it the first time and had to backtrack from McVay Falls. Finally figured out it must be behind the gate we saw at approximately the correct mileage.
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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Ventana Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Pfeiffer Point, Partington Ridge, Ventana Cross
Local Maps

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Nov 2018