Hiking & Backpacking Big Sur: Your complete guide to the trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness

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Wilderness Press, Jun 17, 2013 - Travel - 320 pages
This is the most detailed guide to hiking and backpacking in Big Sur. Explore the endless hiking and backpacking possibilities in 75 trips (plus numerous side trips) on the rugged coastline and isolated backcountry trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness. 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.
 

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Contents

Introducing Big Sur
1
Chapter Two Natural History
5
Big Sur Cultural History Lore
22
Driving Destinations Along Highway 1
29
Driving Destinations Along Big Sur Back Roads
39
Safety Conservation
42
State Federal Lands of the Big Sur Coast
51
Carmel River State Beach Point Lobos State Reserve
52
Trip 36 SAN SIMEON NATURE TRAIL
144
Ventana Silver Peak Wildernesses
147
Bottchers Gap
148
Trip 37 DEVILS PEAK MT CARMEL
152
Trip 38 VENTANA DOUBLE CONE VIA VENTANA TRAIL
155
Trip 39 LITTLE SUR JACKSON CAMPS
161
Trip 40 COAST ROAD TO PICO BLANCO CAMP
163
Trip 41 PICO BLANCO
167

Trip 1 CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH
54
Point Lobos State Reserve
57
Trip 2 CARMELO MEADOW GRANITE POINT MOSS COVE TRAILS
59
Trip 3 CYPRESS GROVE TRAIL
61
Trip 4 SOUTH SHORE BIRD ISLAND SOUTH PLATEAU PINE RIDGE TRAILS
63
Garrapata State Park Point Sur State Historic Park
67
Trip 5 COASTAL ACCESS TRAILS
70
Trip 6 ROCKY RIDGE TRAIL
72
Trip 7 SOBERANES CANYON TRAIL
74
Trip 8 SOBERANES POINT TRAILS
75
Point Sur State Historic Park
77
Trip 9 POINT SUR STATE HISTORIC PARK
78
Andrew Molera State Park
80
Trip 10 TRAIL CAMP HEADLANDS TRAILS
83
Trip 11 BEACH CREAMERY MEADOW TRAILS LOOP
85
Trip 12 EAST MOLERA TRAIL
87
Trip 13 RIVER TRAIL LOOP
89
Trip 14 CREAMERY MEADOW RIVER HIDDEN RIDGE TRAILS LOOP
91
Trip 15 BLUFFS SPRING PANORAMA RIDGE TRAILS
93
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
96
Trip 16 VALLEY VIEW TRAIL
98
Trip 17 PFEIFFER FALLS TRAIL
99
Trip 18 NATURE TRAIL
102
Trip 19 BUZZARDS ROOST TRAIL
103
Trip 20 MANUEL PEAK TRAIL
105
Trip 21 GORGE TRAIL
107
Trip 22 PFEIFFER BEACH
108
Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park
111
Trip 23 PARTINGTON COVE TRAIL
114
Trip 24 TAN BARK TRAIL FIRE ROAD LOOP
115
Trip 25 EWOLDSEN TRAIL
117
Trip 26 MCWAY FALLS
120
Limekiln State Park
122
Trip 27 LIMEKILN TRAIL
123
Trip 28 LIMEKILN FALLS TRAIL
125
Trip 29 HARE CREEK TRAIL
126
Pacific Valley to San Simeon State Park
128
Trip 30 PACIFIC VALLEY TRAIL
131
Trip 31 SAND DOLLAR BEACH JADE COVE
132
Ragged Point
133
Trip 32 RAGGED POINT NATURE TRAIL
134
Piedras Blancas
135
Trip 33 PIEDRAS BLANCAS
136
Hearst Memorial State Beach
138
Trip 34 HEARST MEMORIAL STATE BEACH
140
San Simeon State Park
142
Trip 35 SAN SIMEON STATE BEACH
143
Trip 42 MANUEL PEAK PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK
169
Los Padres Dam
173
Trip 43 DANISH CREEK CAMP
176
Trip 44 BLUFF CARMEL RIVER CAMPS
179
Trip 45 HIDING CANYON ROUND ROCK CAMPS
181
Trip 46 VENTANA DOUBLE CONE VIA CARMEL RIVER TRAIL
185
Trip 47 VENTANA DOUBLE CONE VIA BIG PINES TRAIL
187
China Camp
192
Trip 48 MILLER CANYON PINE VALLEY LOOP
195
Trip 49 PINE VALLEY
199
Trip 50 HIDING CANYON ROUND ROCK CAMPS
202
Trip 51 VENTANA DOUBLE CONE VIA PINE VALLEY
205
Trip 52 PINE RIDGE SYKES HOT SPRINGS BIG SUR
207
Trip 53 BLACK CONE TRAIL TO ARROYO SECO
215
Trip 54 CHURCH CREEK TO PINE VALLEY CAMP
221
Arroyo Seco
226
Trip 55 TASSAJARA HOT SPRINGS
229
Trip 56 WILLOW SPRINGS STRAWBERRY CAMPS
234
Trip 57 JUNIPERO SERRA PEAK
236
Big Sur
241
Trip 58 VENTANA CAMP
244
Trip 59 SYKES REDWOOD CAMPS
246
Trip 60 HIGHWAY 1 TO TERRACE CREEK CAMP
251
Trip 61 HIGHWAY 1 TO COAST RIDGE ROAD
253
Cone Peak
257
Trip 62 CONE PEAK TRAIL
260
Trip 63 FRESNO CAMP
263
Trip 64 VICENTE FLAT TRAIL
264
Trip 65 CONE PEAK LOOP
266
Trip 66 HIGHWAY 1 TO VICENTE FLAT
271
Silver Peak Wilderness
275
Trip 67 PREWITT LOOP TRAIL
277
Trip 68 ALDER CREEK CAMP TO VILLA CREEK CAMP
281
Trip 69 HIGHWAY 1 TO VILLA CREEK CAMP
283
Trip 70 CRUIKSHANK SILVER CAMPS
285
Trip 71 HIGHWAY 1 TO BUCKEYE CAMP
286
Trip 72 SALMON CREEK STATION TO BUCKEYE CAMP
288
Trip 73 SALMON CREEK TRAIL TO SPRUCE CREEK ESTRELLA CAMPS
291
Trip 74 DUTRA FLAT SAN CARPOFORO CAMPS
297
APPENDIX
301
Recommended Reading
305
INDEX
307
MAP INDEX
317
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
318
Back Cover
319
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An avid hiker, backpacker, and naturalist, Analise Elliot Heid has pursued an outdoor lifestyle both professionally and recreationally. She currently works as an environmental educator, science teacher, and school garden program director along the California coast. Analise holds a B.S. in forestry from U.C. Berkeley, a M.A. in education from San Francisco State University, and works as a master teacher in the Cal State University Science Teacher and Researcher Program.

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