Big Sur Ventana/SilverPeak Trailmap with Camps, Water Sources, and Points of Interest for 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"
"Experience nature in the wild"
"The wild is still there, just off a trail"
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
Dec.18: Many officially "closed" state park trails are hikeable Unoffical state park trail reports
(FYI the 2016 Soberanes wildfire did not burn any Andrew Molera or Julia Pfieffer Burns SP trail
- yet all their trails on the inland side of Route 1 have been closed since 2016.)
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 Nov 22)
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 distances can be obtained 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
Trailmap legend information (what the icons and line colors mean)
Search Big Sur place names (trails, camps, 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 - abusers)
Display a specified location map (Lat/Lon OR UTM OR Section/Township/Range)
Create an interactive map webpage for your route or location
Soberanes Wildfire information (burn and closure perimeter data)
Trailmap user experiences (culled from other websites)
Wilderness hiking basics
Large printed maps for Big Sur
Choosing a GPS for hiking
Iconic places to visit in Big Sur wilderness areas
Long backpacks in Big Sur wilderness areas
Sykes Camp and Hot Spring info and maps
Big Sur Map Collection (includes historical trail maps)
Monterey County (not Big Sur) Map Collection
The Big Sur - A Comprehensive Guide
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA)
Big Sur Trails+Maps Blog
Latest blog post:
Black Butte semi-bushwhack: views from the fifth-highest Ventana peak
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If you have something to contribute or find an error,
please post to the Big Sur Trailmap Forum
Trailmap additions or corrections will be credited.
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.