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!  (example) This Big Sur Trailmap provides accurate trail and camp locations based on local knowledge (GPS'd), plus 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 the wilderness trail conditions map 
Colors show trail quality - can switch to "Trailmap" details view

To view the "Gmap4" Quadrangle Trailmap  
USGS quadrangle map provides context and terrain contours

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

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

To download a Garmin-format Trailmap for your GPS 
Routable, so along-trail distances can be obtained as you hike

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

Cool Grin
  To compute route metrics between two locations  
  with interactive trailmap   Gives mileage & cumulative elevation gain+loss

For trailmap user experiences  (culled from other websites)

For trailmap legend information (what line colors and icons mean) 

To search Big Sur geographic place names (gives description and location map) 

To download GPX files for individual trails, camps, and water sources 
(Note individual-use-only copyright - data not to be promulgated to public source ala AllTrails/OpenStreetMap)

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

To create an interactive map webpage for your route or location 

Non-Trailmap Links

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

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

For my thoughts on long backpacks in the Big Sur wilderness 

For my thoughts on choosing a GPS for hiking 

For Sykes Camp and Hot Spring info and maps 

For Big Sur Map Collection (includes historical trail maps) 

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

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

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

Disclaimer: This information is provided 'as is', without warranty of any kind - It 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: EmailAddressImage or post to the Trailmap Forum (later preferred, as others may have same question/problem).  Trailmap additions or corrections will be credited. 

Big Sur Trialmap creator:  Jack Glendening   (Bona fides)

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, not be presented as being the work of someone who has copied it from this site instead of doing the actual field work themselves.  In particular, it is not to be placed on public websites such as Open Street Map or All Trails, GPX file copyright