Pine Ridge Trail

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California

Distance18.4mi
Elevation Gain22,595ft
Trailhead Elevation323ft
Top4,569ft
Elevation Min/Max281/4569ft
Elevation Start/End323/323ft
Pine Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is within Ventana Wilderness and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is 18.4 miles long and begins at 323 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 38.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 22,595 feet. The Pfeiffer School (elevation 354 feet) school is near the trailhead. There are also a parking, restrooms, and drinking water. The Ventana Wilderness Sign information guidepost and the Barlow Flat Camp, Sykes Camp, and Redwood Creek Camp sites can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Divide Camp site. 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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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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Jun 2018