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big sur mapsApprox. 12 mi. from the trailhead at Big Sur Station (on the land of Pieffer Big Sur State Park)

Not usually considered a day hike. The Pine Ridge Trail gets more foot traffic than any other trail in the Los Padres National Forest. It is a popular take off point for many longer treks throughout the Ventana Wilderness and the northern end of the forest.

Sykes is can be crowded during the summer and on holidays. Best time is after a couple of big storms in the winter. After the rain, it is not a mud bath then - and you'll have it all to yourself. You will need a wilderness permit to be in this area; As always check to see if open fires are permissible at the back country camps you will be visiting. Wild fire danger is great in this wilderness landscape.

maps of big sur

  • NatGeo Big Sur Map #814
  • USDA Los Padres North Map
  • Wilderness Press Big Sur Map
  • Ventana Wilderness Map




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