Big Sur Trailmap with Camps, Water Sources, and Points of Interest for Ventana/SilverPeak wilderness explorers
Trail & camp locations on many maps of the Big Sur Ventana & Silver Peak Wilderness Areas are incorrect!
This Big Sur Trailmap provides accurate trail and camp locations
based on local knowledge (GPS'd), plus locally-known "use
trails", seasonal water sources, waterfalls, and other features in Big Sur state parks and wilderness areas.
Created by a Big Sur explorer, updated weekly from local reports.
Wilderness hikers take note:
"Find your own adventure"
"The wild is still there, just off a trail"
"Experience nature in the wild"
Wilderness trails are not park-like walking trails ! Additional knowledge/preparation often required ! A wilderness trail may not be signed or passable or followable
Trailmap line width ⇒ Wilderness trail usability
Average Trail Condition Rating = 67% [all"Clear"⇒100%, Pre2016Wildfire=74%:history]
Mar.30: Many "officially closed" state park trails are hikeable Unofficial state park trail reports
(FYI: the 2016 Soberanes wildfire did not burn any Julia Pfieffer Burns SP trail
- yet none of its trails on the inland side of Route 1 have been opened)
East Molera Trail and Mount Manuel Trail are now open, providing wilderness access from Andrew Molera and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Parks.
Dec.5: Trailmaps now depict closed trails/roads as black lines
Routings from "route metrics" webpage and Garmin-format files now ignore closed trails/roads
Road closures: Route 1 closure creates southern coastal access difficulties
Closures on Palo Colorado Road & Old Coast Road prevent access to Bottchers Gap, Little Sur Trail, ...
(more info - last updated May 5)
View the interactive wilderness trail conditions map Colors show trail conditions - can switch to "Trailmap" for details view
View the interactive "Gmap4"Quadrangle Trailmap USGS quadrangle map provides context and terrain contours
Download single-page-printable Trailmap sections Trails, camps, etc. on printable (geospatial PDF) USGS quadrangle map
Download a Trailmap link for your PC's "Google Earth" Saving this GE link to "My Places" loads latest trailmap at GE start
Download a Garmin-format Trailmap for your GPS Routable, so along-trail distance-to-go can be viewed as you hike
Use the Trailmap in a smartphone GPS app Multiple options available, depending upon the app
Compute route metrics between two locations
with interactive map
For mileage & cumulative gain+loss
Site search page
Search Big Sur place names (trails, camps, USGS names, etc - gives description and location map)
Download GPX files for individual trails, camps, and water sources
(Personal-use-only copyright - not to be promulgated to public source ala OpenStreetMap/GaiaCloud - abuser list)
The information and data on this website are copyrighted by John
W. (Jack) Glendening. You may freely search, view, download and print
the documents and information contained on this site for personal and
Public use of this data must be attributed to Jack Glendening,
not be presented as being the work of someone
who has copied it from this site instead of doing the actual field work themselves.
In particular, copyright information is not to be removed from data and data is not to be placed on public websites such as Open Street Map or All Trails or Gaia Cloud.
This information is provided 'as is', without warranty of any kind - It is believed the best available but can contain errors.