Brazil Ranch is located approximately 13 miles south of Highway 1 and Rio Rd in Carmel and is only a tenth of smile past the world famous Bixby Bridge. The total hike is 4.1 miles round trip with 1,200ft of elevation gain.
Brazil Ranch was established by Tony and Margaret Brazil in the late 19th century, and was operated by the Brazil family for almost a century, at which point it was purchased by the creator of the television show "Candid Camera" Mr. Allen Funt.
In 2002, in response to the threat of development, local community leaders and activists joined together to prevent it and with the help of the Trust of Public Land and other partners, the land was purchased and the U.S. Forest Service was given the responsibility of managing the land for public use.
Once you enter through the gate, continue on the paved road approximately 200 yards. You will see a small "trail" sign on your right, this is where your adventure begins. Hiking shoes are recommended, but not required. This first section of the trail is slightly overgrown, but completely manageable.
After only a few minutes of hiking, you will encounter another split in the trail, with another small "trail" sign directing you left. Follow the trail back towards Bixby Bridge. Approximately 0.5 miles later, you will encounter another split, this time turn right. This is where the trail begins to head uphill (pictured above). The trail widens and heads uphill for 0.8 miles. The grade is pretty steep, but the well worth the effort when you summit. (pictured below.)
Once you've summited, you will enjoy a rolling ridge top trail with 360 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur and Point Sur Lighthouse.
You can follow the fire road, or explore one of the cattles single tracks offshoots. If you follow the fire road south, follow the fence line trail until you reach the end of the hike.(approximately 2.1 miles from parking area.)