Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Big Sur River in the Ventana Wilderness
Los Padres National Forest California


The incredibly rugged Santa Lucia Range, the heart of which is protected in the Ventana Wilderness, is the seldom-seen backcountry for the famous Big Sur coast. The Big Pines trail paralleling the Big Sur River pentrates deep into the mountains.



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A firebreak on the Mount Manuel trail

(April 30, 2000)


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Ferns on a limestone outcrop in the tanoak forest

(April 30, 2000)


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The first view of the Ventana Cones on the Mount Manuel trail

(April 30, 2000)


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From the south end of the summit ridge on Mount Manuel

(April 30, 2000)


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