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Ventana Double Cone via Long Ridge Road

Long Ridge Road (closed to vehicles), Skinner Ridge Trail, Ventana Double Cone Trail, return

Round Trip: 31 miles, 8600 ft.gain
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Overview:
  Attractions are views along horseshoe ridgeline to reach iconic Big Sur view, camping at renowned Pat Spring. 

Camps:
  Variety of camps (and use camps) along trail.  Dispersed camping also possible.  For water information check individual camp descriptions on interactive map.

Access:
  Park along side of road near "The Hoist", at current end of Palo Colorado Road. 

Notes:
  • Classic VDC experience is camping at Pat Spring Camp with dayhike to Ventana Double Cone
• Do not drive private Long Ridge Road, will create resident encounters/problems, no place to park at Turner Creek Trail - hikers ok when staying on road
• Start of Turner Creek Trail obscure, not well marked - towards end of road will see gate straight-ahead, curve right along now descending road for short distance, then look left
• Trail section near Turner Creek Camp often overgrown/difficult - look for and use usetrail bypass
• Pat Spring only perennial source along ridgeline
• Many prefer to camp on ridge just above Pat Spring Camp proper, to get view - but if windy, can get blown off
• Do not forget to sign, and replace, register on VDC (kept beneath a few rocks)
Note:  many photomap photos taken on evalution hike immediately following Soberanes wildfire, so much looks burnt - not the case now


Related Links:
  Local Trail Conditions Map
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