Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

[image] Pine Ridge Trail - Ventana Wilderness

Pine Ridge Trail connects the Big Sur Station with Tassajara Road at China Camp travelling through the chaparral and a cover of redwoods, pine and oak. This trail is the gateway to the Big Sur River corridor, with its many beautiful campsites in the Ventana Wilderness including, Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, Redwood and the ever popular Sykes.

Completely traversing the Ventana Wilderness from 5,000-foot-high Chews Ridge to Big Sur Station, the Pine Ridge is the most popular trail in the Ventana Region. Built in 1916 by the Post family of Big Sur, the Pine Ridge Trail offers hikers and equestrians a complete array of backcountry camps to enjoy.

The western half has streamside and redwood-shaded Terrace Creek, Barlow, Sykes and Redwood Camps, while the eastern portion of the trail offers montane conifer and mixed hardwood forested ridges and meadows at Pine Ridge, Divide and Pine Valley camps.

 With the dedicated and secure parking area at Big Sur Station, the western Pine Ridge trailhead there is the wilderness entry point of choice for many backcountry travelers. While many use it for access to the beautiful riverside camps along the wild and scenic Big Sur River, it also makes possible a number of outstanding loop trips in the Ventana Wilderness. CLICK HERE for Trail Conditions or visit

Click HERE for Sykes Camp and hot springs information

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice
Operational Hours: Open year around
Reservations: A backcountry/wilderness permit is not required. No reservations for trail camps are required. Trail use and camps are first-come, first-serve. Pine Ridge Trailhead is a first-come, first-serve parking lot only. No reservations.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Parking fee is $10.00 per calendar day Pine Ridge Trailhead Parking Lot.
Permit Info: California Campfire permits are required to operate a small gas stove or have a campfire. Permits are available at the Big Sur Visitor Center and on the Los Padres National Forest website:   
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring and Summer
Busiest Season: Summer Weekends
Restrictions: Currently NO campfires are allowed in the backcounty.  Level 3 fire restrictions went in to effect on June 14, 2016. 
Closest Towns: The Pine Ridge Trailhead is located about 23 miles south of Monterey
Water: none
Restroom: There is a restroom at the Big Sur Visitor Center
Operated By: California State Parks, Forest Service and Los Padres Forest Association
Information Center: Maps and information are available at the Big Sur Visitor Center. The center is open daily. Sumday through Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm and Friday and Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm  (831) 667-2315 Monterey Ranger District Office
406 South Mildred Avenue, King City CA 93930 (831) 385-5434

General Information


From Monterey drive south on Highway 1 approximately 23 miles. At the Big Sur Station turn left and follow the signs to the parking area.

Parking fees, $10.00 per calendar day, may be paid at the self-registration station or at the Big Sur Station Visitor Information Desk which is open 9:00 – 4:00 Sunday through Thursday and 9:00 – 5:00 Friday and Saturday.


65 parking sites. $10 per calendar day

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Drinking water Water is available at the Big Sur Visitor Center
Interpretive Site
Toilets Restrooms are at the Big Sur Visitor Center
Parking $10/day parking at trailhead
Fee charged for some activities $10/day parking at the trailhead
Tent camping NO
Camping trailer NO
Areas & Activities


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