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Big Sur Ventana/SilverPeak Trailmap
with Camps, Water Sources, and Points of Interest
for wilderness explorers

Trail & camp locations on many maps of the Big Sur Ventana & Silver Peak Wilderness Areas are incorrect!  This Big Sur Trailmap provides accurate trail and camp locations based on local knowledge (GPS'd), and also locally-known "use trails", non-obvious water sources, waterfalls, and other features in Big Sur wilderness areas and state parks.  Updated weekly from local reports. 

Wilderness hikers take note:      You cannot assume a wilderness trail will be passable or followable!   click
    Wilderness trail usability ⇒ trailmap line width   click
    Extreme drought - historically "perennial" water sources may not be reliable click

To view map of wilderness trail conditions click
Colors show overgrown trails - can switch to detailed "Trailmap" display

To view a "Gmap4" Quadrangle Trailmap,  click
USGS quadrangle map provides context and terrain contours

To download single-page-printable Trailmap sections,  click
Trailmap trails, camps, etc. are overlaid on a printable (PDF) USGS quadrangle map

To download a Trailmap link for your PC's "Google Earth",  click
Saving this GE link to "My Places" will automatically load the latest trailmap at each GE start

To download a Garmin-format Trailmap for your GPS,  click
Routable, so along-trail distances can be obtained as you hike
Jan 3: Mac version now available for BaseCamp installation

To use the Trailmap in a smartphone GPS app click
Multiple options exist, depending upon the app  

  To compute route metrics between two locations,  click
  with interactive trailmap   Gives mileage & cumulative elevation gain/loss

For trailmap user experiences  (from other websites) click

For trailmap legend information (displays line and icon symbols),  click

For Sykes Camp and Hot Spring info and maps,  click

To search Big Sur geographic place name database (gives description and location map),  click
(If match not found in Big Sur Trailmap database, Google search results are provided)

To download GPX files for individual trails, camps, or water sources,  click
(Please note its copyright restriction to individual use, i.e. its data is not to be promulgated to a public source such as AllTrails or OpenStreetMap.)

To display a specified location quadrangle map  (Lat/Lon OR UTM OR Section/Township/Range),  click

To create an interactive map webpage for your route or location,  click

For my thoughts on places to visit in the Big Sur wilderness,  click

For my thoughts on longer backpacks in the Big Sur wilderness,  click

For my thoughts on commercially-available large printed maps of Big Sur,  click

For my thoughts on choosing a GPS for hiking,  click

For Big Sur Map Collection (includes historical trail maps),  click

For Monterey County (not Big Sur) GoogleEarth/Garmin Map Collection,  click

For additional Ventana/SilverPeak wilderness links and information (Ventana Wilderness Alliance),  click

For additional Big Sur links and information, hiking and non-hiking (Big Sur Chamber of Commerce),  click

Caveats:   click

Trailmap Notes:   click

Browser Usage Notes:   click

Gmap4-specific Usage Notes:   click

GoogleEarth-specific Usage Notes:   click

Disclaimer: the provided information is believed the best available but can contain errors

If you have something to contribute or find an error, you can send an email to Jack Glendening at: or post to the Trailmap Forum (later preferred, as others may have same question/problem).  Trailmap additions or corrections will be credited. 

Bona fides of   Jack Glendening   ( creator)

This information is provided 'as is', without any warranty of any kind. 
The information and data on this website are copyrighted by John W. Glendening.  You may freely search, view, download and print the documents and information contained on this site for personal and non-commercial purposes.  Public use of this data must be attributed to Jack Glendening.  In particular, it is not to be placed on public websites such as Open Street Map or All Trails by those thieves who would steal from others instead of doing work themselves, yet present that work as being theirs.  GPX file copyright