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Elk Camp

Baldwin Ranch Road (dirt), Elk Camp Trail

Round Trip: 17 miles, 4900 ft.gain

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Overview:
  Attractions are coastal and inland views from coastal ridgeline and large grassy meadows - plus solitude and adventure. 

Camps:
  Elk Camp or dispersed camping.  Perennial creek at Elk Camp. 
For additional water information check individual camp descriptions on interactive map.
Access:
  72 hour parking allowed along CA Route 1 at trialhead. 

Important:
This route is for backpackers seeking adventure and solitude.  Elk Camp Trail follows a track used by early homesteaders - and in places marked by blazes they cut from horseback.  But it is now seldom used, hence from San Carpoforo Camp there is little tread so essentially a bushwhack, especially through the large grassy meadows.  It requires experience in wilderness off-trail route finding using a map or GPS with a correct route.  The region is open, so brushiness is not a problem - but finding where to leave the meadows is a problem!  For detailed route description info, read the Elk Camp Trail Reports
Caveat: I've heard cattle are occasionally driven to the nearby meadow - in which case cattle tracks will mark the route.

Related Links:
  Local Trail Conditions Map
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