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Carrizo Trail to Carrizo Spring Camp

Round Trip: 5 miles, 1800 ft.gain
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Attractions are surrounding rock formations and view of opposite Junipero Serra Peak (aka Santa Lucia Peak) and exposed-rock valley below.  Good for those seeking a shorter hike or less busy camp with solitude.  Backpack best when combined with dayhike to Cone Peak, which includes sections with sugar pines and Santa Lucia fir and gives views to coast - at minimum, suggest climb from camp to ridge above for expansive views. 

Small and not particularly attractive campspots, perennial water at spring 70 ft south of camp (trickle in summer)

Road access is lengthy, subject to closure in winter with heavy rains at South Del Venturi ford (controlled by Fort Hunter-Liggett).  Vehicles with higher access can drive dirt access road to (gated) bridge spanning San Antonio River, just before the trailhead.  But erosion can create an impassble section, necessitating along-road parking.  Park only in grass-free areas, to prevent exhaust system induced fires - violaters are subject to citation.

If intending to summit Cone Peak, overnighting at Cook Spring Camp is an alternative - but route between Carrizo Spring Camp and Cook Spring Camp can be rough with some brush tunnels, so more difficult with a large backpack. 

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