Hiking and Backpacking Big Sur

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Wilderness Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 323 pages
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This is the most detailed guide to hiking and backpacking in Big Sur. Explore the endless hiking and backpacking possibilities in 76 trips (plus numerous side trips) on the rugged coastline and isolated backcoutry trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness with this brand new guide. Stretching 90 miles from Carmel to San Simeon, Big Sur consists of coastal cliffs, jagged rocky promontories, ancient redwood forests, and lush riparian woodlands. This invaluable resource gives the latest information on the trails, roads, camps and beaches in Big Sur, plus all of the area's state parks and wilderness areas. The book includes: Pfeiffer Big Sur and Julia Pfeiffer Burns state parks, Ventana Wilderness, Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel River and Garrapata state beaches, and more Trip descriptions with length, trail condition, highlights, and difficulty ratings A handy section listing Big Sur events, and the eateries, lodgings, campgrounds, and art galleries

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Full of misinformation & bound to get you in trouble
if you venture away from the 3 or 4 well-traveled trails.
Ditto for the Wilderness Press map designed to accompany this "guide."
The section on
where to go to the beach is a complete non-sequitar & belongs in a different book.
Schaffer's "Hiking the Big Sur Country" & the Sierra Club's "Los Padres North"
are the only backcountry guide books worth a damn in Big Sur
& even so, conditions have changed dramatically since the Kirk & Basin Complex wildfires.
Best bet- skip the books & Google Ventana Wilderness Alliance-
their website has interactive trail reports that definitely have the most up to date information.
 

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

Great guide! Note - an updated version is being published in 2013. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Elliot, an avid hiker, backpacker, surfer, bird watcher, and angler, has pursued an outdoor lifestyle both professionally and recreationally. She currently works as a naturalist, environmental educator, and outdoor education program director along the california Coast and the Sierra Nevada. She holds a B.S. in Forestry from U.C. Berkeley.

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