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Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Pine Ridge Trail
Pine ridge trail , a 23 mile long trail crossing the national forest mountains between China Camp and Big Sur on Highway 1 on the Calif . Coast This trek started at China Camp located west of Greenfield Ca. via G16 and Tasahara road . The weather was cold but clear with night time lows of mid 20 s and day time highs in the 60s.
Above is tue adventurous gang  that I hiked the trail with , from left to right is Bryan , Linden , Melessa , and Autumn with her 6 month old puppy Barlow . The dog in the front is my Sierra she is eleven months old and about to enjoy her fourth back packing trip .
From the very beginning of the trail head we knew that we were going to experience some cold weather as can be seen in the photo of Sierra eating snow which fell one week ago .This time of the year the colors are beautiful especially in pine Valley .

The church Creek Divide gives a hint of the color to follow in the valley . see below photo

Below is Autumn Office mgr for Atascadero news and she is quite a strong hiker .
The following are a few of the many views to be enjoyed on this trail .

Below our hiking crew enjoy the valley.

Below is Sierra enjoying the view of Junipera Serra , the tallest peak in the Ventana wilderness
5400 ft .
My journey ended with the trek to Pine Valley but the rest of the group went on to the Ridge
and the following is a sunset photo from that location .
Thanks again for viewing my blog !
for many more colorful photos of this trail see posting in 2010 Pine Valley Fall Colors . the 2010 posting has more color and also includes phtos of the Caves .

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