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China Camp

China Camp


Page Type: Trailhead

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.29590°N / 121.5682°W

Object Title: China Camp

County: Monterey

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4200 ft / 1280 m


Page By: redtroll

Created/Edited: Oct 13, 2006 / Jan 14, 2007

Object ID: 234744

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China Camp is at 4200 ft, high in the Santa Lucia Mountains. It serves as the eastern terminus of the Pine Ridge Trail and the Miller Canyon Trail. Its elevation means a downhill hike on both trails. Perched at a saddle along a dirt road, China Camp can be unaccesable during storms. Due to its remote nature, the trails are somewhat overgrown.

There is a small campground that is free and has no water.

To get to china camp:
Take Carmel Valley road east from the village and go 11 miles or west from 101 in Greenfield and go 25 miles. From the west turn right or from the east turn left onto the Tassajara-Jamesburg Road. After 3.2 miles, in
Jamesburg, after 3.2 miles, the pavement ends. Go another 8.5 miles on the steep, winding dirt road to China Camp.


Pine Ridge Trail- This trail leaves on the south side of camp, and after a slight uphill, descends to the Church Creek Divide (3.2 Miles) From there you have access to the Ventana Cones (Ventana, South Ventana, Black, and Ventana Double)
Miller Canyon. This departs to the north side of camp and heads down into Miller Canyon with Access to miller mountain.

Red Tape

Free Campfire Permit required. Adventure Pass not required.