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The Best Backpacking in Cambria

Looking for the best backpacking in Cambria? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Cambria. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Cambria

  • Big Sur, California

    Salmon Creek Trail to Spruce & Estrella Camps

    4.5
    6.07 mi / 1919 ft gain
    Feel free to hike Salmon Creek Trail at your own pace – you can choose to turn back at any point, or at the Spruce (2 miles in) or Estrella (3.25 miles in) sites. The trail leads to open vistas of the coast, giving stunning views of the cliffs and ocean. Around 2 miles in, follow the fork to the...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Salmon Creek Trailhead to Buckeye Camp

    6.91 mi / 2782 ft gain
    Salmon Creek Trailhead to Buckeye Camp is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Simeon, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Hike to Upper Cruickshank Camp

    5.2 mi / 1564 ft gain
    Park on the shoulder of Cabrillo Highway and begin your ascent! Once the trail turns inland, you can hike down to a river for a break by the rushing water (this is a good place to refill waters - don't forget a pump or a filter). Once you get to Upper Cruikshank, descend down to the river and fin...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Cruickshank Trail and Salmon Creek

    11.63 mi / 3734 ft gain
    Cruickshank Trail and Salmon Creek is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near San Simeon, California.
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  • Big Sur, California

    Cone Peak in Big Sur (Sea to Sky Backpacking Route)

    4.4
    19.72 mi / 7484 ft gain
    While you can make a day-hike out of it by driving up the gorgeous Sur-Nacimiento Road from Highway 1 to the Coast Ridge Road and take a 2 mile trail to the summit with 1300' of elevation gain (4 miles roundtrip), the more adventurous types do a Sea to Sky, starting at Kirk Creek Campground and u...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Clifftop Camping & Hot Springs in Big Sur

    4.7
    Campsite:There is nothing quite like driving or biking along US-1, the Pacific Coast Highway. Make sure you get a chance to do the drive during the day so that you can see all that Big Sur has to offer. Be careful when pulling off especially onto the shoulder and never stop on a curve in the road...
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  • Big Sur, California

    Hike from Kirk Creek Campground to Vicente Flat Trail

    10.9 mi / 3454 ft gain
    The Vicente Flat Trail is well kept and wide, with many campsites at the end. This trail is very close to Cone Peak, and is used for mountain biking, trail running, birding, and nature trips. 
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  • Big Sur, California

    Goat Camp via Twitchwell Flat Use Trail

    5.0
    8.03 mi / 3320 ft gain
    To find this trailhead, head down Highway 1 towards Limekiln State Park Campground. Between Lucia and Limekiln, there should be a shoulder off the side of the road to park overnight. Cross the street to the trailhead of Twitchwell Flat Use Trail. Bear in mind that there is abundant poison oak alo...
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  • Santa Margarita, California

    Blinn Ranch and Santa Margarita Trail

    6.02 mi / 522 ft gain
    Blinn Ranch and Santa Margarita Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Santa Margarita, California.
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  • Greenfield, California

    Junipero Serra Peak

    11.15 mi / 3691 ft gain
    Junipero Serra Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Greenfield, California.
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