Skinner Ridge Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

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Skinner Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,078 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,669 feet. The Bottcher's Gap camp site is near the trailhead. There are also a cliff, restrooms, and parking. The Mill Creek Water Source drinking water and the Skinner Ridge Viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a tree, a picnic site, and a meadow along the trail. The trail ends near Devils Peak (elevation 4,137 feet).
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Skinner Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,078 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,669 feet. The Bottcher's Gap camp site is near the trailhead. There are also a cliff, restrooms, and parking. The Mill Creek Water Source drinking water and the Skinner Ridge Viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a tree, a picnic site, and a meadow along the trail. The trail ends near Devils Peak (elevation 4,137 feet). This trail connects with the following: Turner Creek Trail and Big Pines Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Los Padres National Forest
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 3,669 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,078 feet
Top Elevation: 4,144 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Los Padres National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 2078/4144 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2078/2078 ft

Skinner Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Mount Carmel, at 4,41 7 feet, is the highest peak in the northwest reaches of the Ventana Wilderness. From the summit are endless vistas across the rugged mountainous interior to the Pacific Ocean, including prominent Pico Blanco, Ventana Double Cone, the Little Sur watershed, and Monterey Bay. This is a strenuous trail that climbs up to Skinner Ridge, skirts the twin summits of Devil’s Peak, and continues the ascent up to Mount Carmel."

"This hike from the end of Palo Colorado Road leads to two gorgeous creekside campsites—Apple Tree Camp and Turner Creek Camp. The hike begins at Bottchers Gap, 2,000 feet above sea level, then vigorously climbs over the crest of Skinner Ridge. From the ridge, the trail drops down a forested draw to the headwaters of Turner Creek. The path follows the creek downstream under a cool, shady canopy of trees, passing a small waterfall at Apple Tree Camp."

"Skinner Ridge Trail begins from Bottchers Gap at the end of Palo Colorado Road, 2,000 feet above sea level. The trail follows the upper reaches of Mill Creek through the shade of oaks and madrones, reaching the crest of Skinner Ridge at the Ventana Wilderness boundary. From the 3,400-foot ridge are spectacular vistas southwest of the Little Sur watershed, Pico Blanco’s white marble cone, the folded layers and ridges of the coast range, and the Pacific Ocean."

"Mount Carmel, at 4,41 7 feet, is the highest peak in the northwest reaches of the Ventana Wilderness. From the summit are end- less vistas across the rugged mountainous interior to the Pacific Ocean, including prominent Pico Blanco, Ventana Double Cone, the Little Sur watershed, and Monterey Bay. This is a strenuous trail that climbs up to Skinner Ridge, skirts the twin summits of Devil’s Peak, and continues the ascent up to Mount Carmel."

"Skinner Ridge Trail begins from Bottchers Gap at the end of Palo Colorado Road, 2,000 feet above sea level. The trail follows the upper reaches of Mill Creek through the shade of oaks and madrones, reaching the crest of Skinner Ridge at the Ventana Wilderness boundary. From the 3,400-foot ridge are spectac- ular vistas southwest of the Little Sur watershed, Pico Blanco’s white marble cone, the folded layers and ridges of the coast range, and the Pacific Ocean. The trail continues strenuously up to Devil’s Peak and Mount Carmel"

Skinner Ridge Trail Reviews

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FLASH: This entire area is closed to public access until at least April 2009 due to damage from the fire that devastated Big Sur in June 2008. Be sure to check with the CA Division of Forestry to see if the area has reopened before going. This was one of those hikes where the 'destination' made the hard work worth it. The Little Sur River is so tranquil and relaxing--sitting in the middle of the river on a big rock listening to the burbling water--awesome! HOWEVER, not my favorite kind of hike to go all downhill going out (2.8 miles) and then all uphill back. I prefer some up and down both ways or at LEAST going uphill going out. Having said that, this is a great workout and takes you through some lovely old growth redwoods. I suggest you check it out!
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A completely satisfying hike with great contrast, from redwoods to sage and shrub covered hills. The Pico Blanco camp is a pleasent well maintained surprise. The waterfall and swimming hole are totally worth the trip by itself. Bring a purifier and drink plenty of water.
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