Prewitt Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Pleasant forest drive returns to scenic viewpoint above Highway 1. Primitive, secluded camping along the way. Take optional side trip to Cone Peak Hiking Trailhead and Vantana Wilderness. Los Padres National Forest requires an Adventure Pass if you stop to recreate or camp. Last part of trail is steep, narrow and rough. Cone Peak is rocky but easy. Suitable for stock 4WD SUVs. Avoid when wet."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
"The Prewitt Loop Trail is a 1 2.8-mile loop located in the heart of Pacific Valley at the south end of the Big Sur coast. The trail circles the Prewitt Creek watershed through a mix of habitats in the Los Padres National Forest. This hike begins from the north trailhead on the sloping oceanfront grasslands with coastal scrub. The lightly used footpath leads up the canyon through oak, pine, and laurel woodlands; groves of redwoods; and grassy savannas. The trail leads 4 miles up the remote north slope of Prewitt Creek Canyon to Stag Camp, perched in an oak grove on the upper mountain slopes. Although the trail gains 1 ,700 feet, it is never steep and offers magnificent vistas. The views span across Pacific Valley to the scalloped coastline, including Plaskett Creek, crescent-shaped Sand Dollar Beach, and north to Lopez Point."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Big Sur (Day Hike Books).
"This hike leads past a diverse array of plant communities, from dense thickets of coastal scrub to cool redwood groves, oak and pine woodlands, and grassy savannas. The trail is best enjoyed in spring, when fields of delicate wildflowers boast profuse colors and aromas. For the best views, visit between October and April, when fog banks roll well offshore. On my last trip, the trail past Stag Camp was suffering from loose tread and active slides. Use caution."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
"The Prewitt Loop Trail forms a loop in the mountainous backcountry adjacent to the coast. The trail, which begins in Pacific Valley, winds up a remote canyon while circling the Prewitt Creek watershed. The path weaves through the arid chaparral on the oceanfront slopes to a dense oak and pine forest with shaded redwood groves. This hike begins from the south trailhead at the Pacific Valley Ranger Station. The trail climbs the south canyon wall to Kelly Camp, a primitive, oak-rimmed camp that sits on a small flat. From the camp are views down the South Fork Prewitt Creek Canyon to the sea. En route, the hike crosses a series of feeder streams and leads to scenic overlooks. Throughout the hike are spectacular coastal views of the expansive marine terrace, jagged coastline, promontories, and the remote backcountry."
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