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Pine Ridge Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 22.88 Miles

Pine Ridge Trail was reopened January 30, 2015. Hazardous trail conditions remain about 2miles up the trail where a washout has destroyed a section of the trail.  PLEASE use caution when hiking the trail and if you are at all uncomfortable please turn around and live to hike another day.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 3E06
  • Wilderness Area: Ventana
  • County: Monterey County
  • Ranger District: Monterey Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 36.246189
  • Trail-head Longitude: -121.779977
  • Water Sources: YES, lots of water along the trail. The climb out from Redwood Camp to Pine Ridge Camp is dry but otherwise there is reliable and frequent enough access to water along the trail.
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day Hiking
    • Hot Springs
    • Panoramic Views
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 9740 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 5750 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 12 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 8 %.
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Survey Photos:

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 04-05-2014

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 04-05-2014

  • Anonymous Surveyor - 04-05-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 12-29-2014

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 01-30-2015

  • Chester - 11-28-2015

Submitted Trail Reports

Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-31-2016 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-31-2016
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Hiked an out and back from China Camp to Redwood Camp over memorial day weekend. Would not recommend this route (either hike in from Big Sur Station, or do a through-hike with shuttle from China Camp). As others have mentioned, the trail was mostly clear and well maintained from China Camp to Divide Camp. Between Divide Camp and Pine Ridge Camp there is significant overgrowth - the trail is visible at your feet, but you must bushwhack through (mostly) california lilac and (some) prickly plants and poison oak to get through. From Pine Ridge to Redwoods, the foliage changes, but you are still pushing your way through (mostly) prickly bushes and (some) poison oak. Doable, but would recommend long pants and possibly long sleeves (or be ok getting scratched-up/with poison oak exposure).

Water was flowing at Divide Camp (stream crosses the trail shortly after the turnoff for camp), Pine Ridge Camp (stream is beyond the main camp area - follow the path beyond the fire pit), and Redwoods. Also one additional water spot between Divide Camp and Bear Creek Connector trail. 

If you are considering doing this hike soon, be aware, its biting fly season - they're vicious and plentiful. There is a constant buzzing din from about 9:30am - 6:00pm, any rest stops result in swarms of 20+ flies,  and if you hit camp early, you may find yourself hiding in your tent until dusk. They did not respond to DEET. I would not hike again in these conditions, but if you're braving it - wear loose-ish long-sleeves and long pants (they bit right through my running leggings) and consider bringing a bug net for your head.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrown
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 05-16-2016 - by Kali
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 05-16-2016
Surveyor Name:Kali
Trail description:We hiked the entirety of the trail from China Camp down to Big Sur Station, camping at Redwood Camp and Ventana Camp along the way. The trail was easy to follow, but large sections of the trail between China Camp and Sykes were extremely overgrown. We had to push our way through thick brush through a majority of this section, though never lost the trail. We picked up some ticks along the way, so hikers in this section should exercise caution in that respect. Campgrounds and trail junctions were well marked and there were ample opportunities for restocking on water along the way. The section between China Camp and Sykes offered plenty of peace and solitude, with barely any other hikers and campers along the way.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:China Camp to Big Sur Station
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 11-28-2015 - by Chester
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 11-28-2015
Surveyor Name:Chester
Trail description:

Heavily travelled trail in good condition# We did a two night trip camping at terrace creek and hiking to the Sykes hot springs on day two#

All three pools were full of water but there were a lot of people## you won’t find solitude on this trail, however there are great views and a lush environment#

I think the "very-strenuous" difficulty is overstated, it was a relatively easy trail all the way to the hot springs with only a few strenuous sections#

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow

Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 01-30-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 01-30-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:
The Pine Ridge Trail was reopened January 30, 2015. There remains a serious washout about 2miles up the trail from Big Sur Station.  Please be careful when hiking the trail and if you are uncomfortable, turn around and live to hike another day.  Sykes can still be accessed from the Terrace Creek Trail which bypasses the dangerous slide.

Check here for more photos of the slide:

Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Needs some work

Slide section ahead showing trail - slide - trail, photo Tim Bills
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 12-29-2014 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 12-29-2014
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:The Pine Ridge Trail is closed at the moment due to landslides and damaged trails.  There is no date set for when it might reopen.  Most likely not until Summer 2015.

The parking lot is closed as well.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow

Sign as seen at the Pine Ridge Trail parking lot.
Pine Ridge Trail Survey - 04-05-2014 - by Anonymous Surveyor
Link: Pine Ridge Trail
Date: 04-05-2014
Surveyor Name:Anonymous Surveyor
Trail description:Someone installed new signs on some of the junctions. The trail is passable, but very overgrown. There were down trees, but nothing significant. Not much poison oak either, at least up to the Pine RIdge camp. The overgrowth is with some other bushes. Be prepared for ticks that can perhaps be active in more warmer weather.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Needs some work
Condition details:Overgrown, but still passble
People Seen:2

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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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