DISTANCE
37.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,722 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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7 months ago

Did the OG route last year but this new route has some nice changes. Instead of going down the Sheep Chute road to Little Harbor, you’ll go on the Ridge Trail, which was much more scenic. Starlight Beach got cut, which is a bummer because it’s a nice spot and you can say you went from end to end. The start of the trail also got moved from Pebbly Beach to Hermit Gulch. Overall, this is a wonderful thru hike but you should be experienced since planning for it does take some work. The trail is hard no matter what since you’ll have constant ascents and descents. Should definitely be on any backpacker’s list in SoCal.