Ventana Wilderness Trails

As of September 6, 2016 all trails in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest are CLOSED due to the Soberanes Fire.  See this link and call (831) 385-5434 before visiting the Ventana or Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.
 
Soberanes Fire Closure Order 05-07-51-16-16 and Closure Map
 
Many State Park trails in the Big Sur area are also CLOSED.  Call the State Park you wish to explore to determine if trails are open.  A handy list of State Park phone numbers can be found at the link below. 

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Camping Guide

pine-ridge-trailLupines enhance the view towards the Church Creek drainage

 

Note: The western end of the Pine Ridge Trail is by far the most heavily used trail on the Monterey Ranger District.

  • USFS Trail: #3E06
  • Parking: Big Sur Station, Tassajara Road
  • Cost: Parking Fee
  • Watershed: Arroyo Seco River, Big Sur River, Carmel River
  • Junctions: Church Creek Trail, Carmel River Trail, Bear Basin Connector, Bear Basin Trail, Black Cone Trail, Big Sur Trail, Terrace Creek Trail, Ventana Camp Trail
  • Connects: China Camp with Big Sur Station
  • Camps: Divide Camp, Pine Ridge Camp, Redwood Camp, Sykes Camp, Barlow Flat Camp, Terrace Creek Camp
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