5 Day Hike

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Betsy M
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Re: 5 Day Hike

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Just park along the side of Highway One. There is a 3 day limit but sounds like you should be fine.
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Re: 5 Day Hike

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One more question: If we plan to do the Vicente Flat trail over night, is there somewhere to park our car?
Thanks for all your help!! r
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Correct, no permit or fee to camp at backcountry camps. And also no limit on the number of campers so you can camp there, no matter how many people. [Ed. note- 15 is the maximum group size within Wilderness areas. See- https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/rec ... ev3_003808] Vicente Flat is wonderful. Prewitt Loop is overgrown and miserable. Also consider Dutra Flat or Cruickshank or Buckeye Camps. I think all these trails are in good shape. The flies are starting to come out, so have a head net and a tent with mesh netting.
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Re: 5 Day Hike

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Hi. Thanks for the advice. We plan to go to Henry Coe for a shorter trip but then would like to come down to the Big Sur area for a short hike too.
Looking at either Kirk Creek to Vicente Flat or the Prewitt Ridge trail.
That leads to one more question: if we would like to do one of these trails and stay along the trail at one of the camp sites, there isn't a permit is there? It's just first come at the campground?
Once again, thanks in advance for all the help. R
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Re: 5 Day Hike

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You have heard the warnings from locals with lots of experience in the Ventana and I certainly can't disagree with them. But if you can work out the transportation, the route I suggested along the North Coast Ridge Road and Trail from Big Sur to Kirk Creek should be a consideration. Two easier areas that would provide less "active" wilderness, which I have enjoyed would be a hike at Henry Coe State Park south of San Francisco. It is mostly open land, lots of ups and downs and a few lakes (reservoirs) to add variety. Wild pigs supply excitement. Another area, that includes wonderful seascapes and beach opportunities, is Point Reyes National Seashore a bit north of San Francisco. The camps require reservations but it is possible to spend three days and only encounter day-trippers occasionally. The trails will be open and the camps (when I went there) were pleasant. Views and variety and ocean - all might be appreciated without dealing in brushy trails and thousands of feet of elevation change.
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Re: 5 Day Hike

Post by Epstein »

Okay, yah, I'm in Toronto.

So if anyone has any other suggestions for a 3-4 day hike that is not too "wild" in terms of the wilderness aspect (more travelled trails, etc)
I'd love to know (planning on coming end of May)
Thanks again! R
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Epstein wrote:The links for the suggestions doesn't work? Says I don't have permission?
Sorry, to limit security problems bigsurtrailmap.net only accepts accesses from within the US.
Big Sur Trailmap: https://bigsurtrailmap.net
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Re: 5 Day Hike

Post by Epstein »

Thanks for your help.
Sounds like we need to find another place to go!
The links for the suggestions doesn't work? Says I don't have permission?

Any other suggestions for a 5 day hike around the area? (or up towards Yosemite)
Thank You!
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You need to do some homework to ensure you will have a hike you will enjoy because many of the Big Sur wilderness trails are more "wildernessy" than trails in more heavily traveled places such as national parks or the Sierras (and in consequences can provide more solitude - and you do get to view the ocean).

Currently, much of the Silver Peak Wilderness is more easily hikeable than the Ventana Wilderness.

Links to explore:

Backpack suggestions:
http://bigsurtrailmap.net/backpack-suggestions.html

Trail Conditions map:
http://bigsurtrailmap.net/trailconditions.html

Big Sur wilderness hiking basics:
http://bigsurtrailmap.net/hiking-basics.html

Since you are new to Big Sur hiking, suggest going for easier ("green") trails and not trying to do too much.

Jack
Big Sur Trailmap: https://bigsurtrailmap.net
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Re: 5 Day Hike

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Mountain lakes? You'll be lucky to find running water. Ventana is drier and lower than many wilderness areas.

Naciemento-Fergusson is a legit road, not a trail. Not a hiking route.

There is a ton of poison oak and ticks in the Ventana, and a lot of the trails on older maps no longer exist. You'll want to review the map linked from this website, the warnings about closed trails and closed roads, and the trail reports.

If you have experience hiking in other wildernesses where the trails are clear, maintained and have clear signage, and no experience here, you should know that the Ventana is a shock to folks who have only ever hiked in the national parks. If you want the adventure of a wild place, great, do your research, plenty of information here. If you want nice trails and no poison oak, lots of nice lakes, this isn't a great location for that. Trinity Alps or the Sierra in July after all the snow melts would be more your thing.
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