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Pine Ridge Trail
Length 23 mi
Location California, United States
Trailheads China Camp, near Tassajara Hot Springs
Big Sur Station, USFS
Use Backpacking, hiking, trail running, trail riding
Trail Difficulty Moderate
Months Year Round
Sights Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel River, Big Sur River

The Pine Ridge Trail is a popular hiking route in the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. It can be hiked both ways, but the consensus route is China Camp to Big Sur Station since that is the downhill direction.

Trail Guide

  • China Camp (4260', 0mi)
  • Church Creek Divide, Junction with Church Creek Trail and Carmel River Trail (3651', 3.6mi)
  • Divide Camp (3800', 4.0mi)
  • Junction with Black Cone Trail and Bear Basin Trail (4530', 7.3mi)
  • Pine Ridge Camp (4100', 7.8mi)
  • Redwood Camp (1800', 10.9mi)
  • Sykes Camp (1080', 13.2mi)
  • Barlow Flat Camp (900', 16.1mi)
  • Terrace Creek Camp, junction with the Terrace Creek Trail (1350', 17.5mi)
  • Trail to Ventana Camp, heads 1-mile (1.6 km) down to camp on the Big Sur River (1500', 18.7mi)
  • Big Sur Station (370', 23.0mi)


Sierra Club (2003). Trail Guide to Los Padres National Forest (7th ed.). Carmel Print and Copy.  


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