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Backpacking in California's Ventana Wilderness


Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

The Ventana is a designated wilderness just inland from the resort area of Big Sur on the central coast of California. The Ventana Wilderness covers a total area of 375 square miles. For comparison, it is about the size of New York City or one of the smaller Hawaiian Islands. The wild, rugged terrain is in stark contrast with the surroundings, which include nearby major highways and several medium sized cities. And the Ventana becomes wilder every year. I’m sure the Native Americans who lived here until sometime in the mid-nineteenth century never thought they were living in a wilderness. Food was abundant and several sandstone caves provided convenient housing. Life was good. The holes in which they ground acorn meal and their wall paintings can still be seen. In the past, there was an extensive network of maintained trails connecting scores of campsites. As funding for the...

@George Graybill shares this story detailing a spring backpacking trip in California's Ventana Wilderness - take a look in Issue 51:

Wild and Alone: Hiking The Ventana

Ventana Wilderness Backpacking

Issue 51 Page 1

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Michael aka Mac

Hey Aaron,  have you ever had the chance to go hiking in Yosemite,  It was one of the most amazing  hiking/ camping trips of my life.

I even remember the fawn that came up to me and ate out of my hand ( for the record i had been vaccinated for Lyme disease)

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Aaron Zagrodnick

I have not - but maybe @George Graybill has (he was the author of the article). Amazing place from what I've seen and heard though!

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