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Best trails in Ventana Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Ventana Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Ventana Wilderness ranging from 8.4 to 22.9 miles and from 190 to 5,157 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Kirk Creek Campground to Vicente Flat Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 9 m
The parking area is a gravel pull-off right near the trailhead. You may park down Route 1 if needed. There are 2 campsites, one at 3 miles, and one at 6 miles. There is water at a creek about a quartShow more
#2 - Cone Peak Summit Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Note: The Forest Service road up to the trail is closed as of 1/21/2020. You can drive up Nacimiento-Fergusson Road but then the turnoff to Forest Route 22S05 is closed and that road is an additional Show more
#3 - Espinosa Campground via Vicente Flats Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
Please note that it has been reported that this trail is currently closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#4 - Cone Peak Loop
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 57 m
Cone Peak Loop is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#5 - Cone Peak to Surprise Falls
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 6 h 56 m
Note: Cone Peak Rd (road leading to trailhead) is currently closed until further notice due to the Mill Fire Closure Order. Good for an overnight at Trailsprings or Ojito Camp, but certainly do-able Show more
#6 - Pine Falls via Pine Ridge Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 7 h 42 m
Pine Falls via Pine Ridge Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Greenfield, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily Show more
#7 - Pine Valley Miller Canyon Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 22 mi • Est. 11 h 51 m
Please note hikers reported that at the 5th mile clockwise the trail is effectively closed. It’s very hard to advance as the trail is overgrown and easy to lose, and there is towards the 8th mile a trShow more
#8 - Cone Peak Loop via Highway 1
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 22.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Cone Peak Loop via Highway 1 is a 22.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Big Sur, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily useShow more
#9 - Jack's Cabin
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 6 h 28 m
Please note: The road leading up to this trailhead, when it changes from a paved road to a dirt road (recommend 4wheel drive at a minimum).Show more
#10 - Cone Peak via Carrizo Creek Trail
Ventana Wilderness
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Length: 15.4 mi • Est. 9 h 38 m
One of the lesser used approaches to Cone Peak, the Carrizo Creek Trail is a beautiful, unique trail with colorful, exposed rock and wonderful views of the Salinas Valley and your destination, the ConShow more
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