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Miller Canyon Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 7.98 Miles

The Miller Canyon Trail is a 7.98 mile trail in the Ventana Wilderness in Monterey County . The trail connects the Miller Canyon (19S03) and the Carmel River Trail (3E03)
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Trail Details

  • Trail #: 3E04
  • Wilderness Area: Ventana
  • County: Monterey County
  • Ranger District: Monterey Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 36.3053
  • Trail-head Longitude: -121.5853
  • Water Sources: Water is available from multiple creeks along the trail, see trail camp links below for water reports
  • Trail Condition: Bad - Trail may require some bushwhacking and/or searching for markers due to potential sub standard trail conditions
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Creek
    • Day Hiking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 3507 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1303 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 10 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 8 %.
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Submitted Trail Reports

Miller Canyon Trail Survey - 04-14-2014 - by Allison S.
Link: Miller Canyon Trail
Date: 04-14-2014
Surveyor Name:Allison S.
Trail description:

Miller Canyon Trail - China Camp to Los Padres Dam (Approx. 12 miles one-way)

This trail is passable and fun! However, I would NOT recommend it for inexperienced hikers as it is not maintained (some downed trees, brush and rock slides) and marked only with small flags the majority of the way. If you did not pay close attention it would be easy to get disoriented. There are several stream crossings and it is mostly downhill from China Camp to the dam. The terrain is beautiful, you are trekking down the sunny side of the canyon and overlooking the forest. Evidence of wild pigs and lots of wildlife. Bring lots of water!

I read somewhere that this trail was listed as "NOT recommended," and we went anyway. If you are not familiar with this area or new to hiking I would pick a more well-marked, cleaned up trail. If you want the challenge, it was a good time and very beautiful.



Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Passable, fun trail strictly marked with small flags. Must pay attention!
Number of trees down:8
People Seen:4

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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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