101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, by Matt Heid

By Matt Heid

One zero one Hikes in Northern California encompasses the complete spectrum of the region’s superb normal diversity—the jagged granite of the excessive Sierra, crashing surf of the Pacific Coast, exceptional redwoods of the North Coast, stunning perspectives of the Bay sector, and masses extra. All journeys were completely up-to-date for the second one variation, and 26 journeys were considerably improved or transformed. each one hike description comprises an easy-to-use header outlining the journey fundamentals, using instructions, an in-depth path description, up to date map, and the destinations of the closest customer middle and campground.

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Approaching from the east, the turnoff is 9 miles past the junction of Hwys. 156 and 25. Immediately bear left on San Juan Canyon Rd. (Hwy. G1) at the complex four-way intersection and pro- ceed 11 miles to the upper parking lot at road’s end. There is a nominal day-use fee. Description: From the trailhead, proceed up the paved road signed authorized vehicles only . A single-track dirt trail quickly splits off across from a few, stout Coulter pines, passing through coyote brush punctuated by some valley oaks and small madrones.

Nearest Visitors Center: Big Sur Station, (831) 667-2315, located just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on Hwy. 1, is open daily 8 am–6 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day; the rest of the year it’s open daily 8 am –4:30 pm . Also try King City Ranger Station, (831) 385-5434, located at 406 S. Mildred Ave. in King City; take the Canal off-ramp from Hwy. 101, go east on Canal, right on Division, and left on Mildred. It’s open 8 am–4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Backpacking Information: Spruce Creek and Estrella Camp are both ideally situated for an overnight trip.

Be aware that the seasonal, starting footbridge across Big Sur River is removed after the first heavy winter rains, making it necessary to ford the swollen river during the winter months. Water is available at the trailhead. Dogs are prohibited. 1 mile To Reach the Trailhead: Take Hwy. 1 south of Carmel for 22 miles to the park entrance and substantial parking lot. 2 miles north of the park entrance for Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and is a hard, dog-leg left turn. There is a day-use fee of $8, valid for all Big Sur area state parks.

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