Baldwin Ranch Road (dirt), Elk Camp Trail
Round Trip: 17 miles, 4900 ft.gain
Route metrics & trail conditions
Attractions are coastal and inland views from coastal ridgeline and large grassy meadows - plus solitude and adventure.
Elk Camp or dispersed camping.
Perennial creek at Elk Camp.
For additional water information check individual camp descriptions on
72 hour parking allowed along CA Route 1 at trialhead.
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.
Local Trail Conditions Map
Big Sur hiking information