Each hike begins with a presentation at the parking lot above the barn. The pace of each hike will be adjusted for the comfort of all members of the party. The Ocean View Hike is a moderately difficult casual hike. It is two miles long primarily on a paved surface with one steep grade. This hike includes views of the Bixby Bridge and Sierra Creek. The Sierra Ridge Hike is a very strenuous four mile hike up Sierra Hill and back, it offers spectacular views of the coastline and Hurricane Point. Hikes are offered every Saturday, with a long hike on the last Saturday of the month. Hikes are by reservation only! Reservations must be made before noon on the day before the hike. For more information contact Monterey Ranger District, 831-385-5434, email brazilranchtours@fs.fed.us or visit www.bigsurcalifornia.org/events.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The guided hikes are provided in partnership with the Big Sur Environmental Institute. Please meet at the gate to the ranch just off Coast Highway 1. Plan to arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 the morning of your hike. Visitor vehicles are escorted to the parking area. The gate will be closed and locked at 10:00am.
Restrictions: * The number of hikers is limited to 20. * Hikers must stay with the group. * Pets are not allowed. * Strollers are not allowed. * Smoking is not allowed. * The longer hike is very strenuous and is not recommended for small children or adults with health restrictions.

General Information

Directions: The Brazil Ranch is located approximately 20 miles south of Monterey on Highway 1. Most of the bridges along the Highway 1 have a name because of their historical significance. Knowing this will help you locate the entrance to the Brazil Ranch. The Brazil Ranch is on the left- approximately one tenth of a mile beyond the south end of the Bixby Bridge. When you are looking on a map, it is just past the Old Coast Highway junction with Highway 1.