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Trip Report – Big Sur and Prewitt Ridge April 2015

Trip Report – Big Sur and Prewitt Ridge April 2015


30 2 second review: Just incredible.


Fees: None.

Amenities: None. You’re going to need your own water, fuel, and dig or bring your own toilet.

Offroad Difficulty: 1/5 – You don’t need much to get out here – you’ll just be more comfortable with a high clearance vehicle.

Kid Friendliness: We’re heading back this summer so keep an eye out for that post. I’m thinking there will be plenty of plants and trees to inspect as well as large meadowy areas where Ava can explore.

GPS Data:

This trip was a few years ago but it was the first my wife and I took with the truck. I just got the truck a month earlier and once the Bestop Supertop was on we wanted to go camping! The reason I’m writing this post is as a point of reference for how we started out in comparison to now. We were essentially minimalist camping in the back of my truck which only had a basic lift and all-terrain tires. Since then we’ve been converting the truck in to an overland rig to have more comforts that will make camping with a toddler easier.

I was initially turned on to Prewitt Ridge from the blog Indefinitely Wild (which I absolutely love and recommend – the author has since moved to Outside Online). I then got to researching how to get there which as it turns out is really simple. Drive along Highway 1 towards Big Sur, then across the street from Kirk Creek Campground is Nacimiento-Fergusson Road which you take for 6.8 miles until you turn right onto South Coast Ridge Road. Another 8 miles or so and you’ll see signs for Prewitt Ridge Campground which is an open area that you can camp wherever you find a spot. Coincidentally, we are going back to Prewitt Ridge this summer so I will be providing more explicit trip details and GPS information after the trip. For now you can see the truck’s humble beginnings and the amazing scenery which is calling us back.


Sunset at Prewitt Ridge


View from our “tent.”


Our campsite


Elephant Seals to the South of Prewitt Ridge


McWay Falls to the North of Prewitt Ridge

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