Weather, Road & Trail Conditions

IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURE, FIRE CLOSURE, and FIRE RESTRICTIONS INFORMATION (updated June 2017)

ROAD CLOSURES: Winter storm damage to Highway One has made it difficult to access the few open trailheads in the Ventana region. Replacement of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge just south of Big Sur Station means that Highway One wil be closed to traffic at that point until at least September, 2017. Elsewhere, CALTRANS is implementing hard closures on a regular basis to complete repair work on slides and unstable roadways. The Big Sur Information facebook page, updated by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, is a reliable source for up-to-the-minute road conditions in the Big Sur area.

 

FIRE CLOSURE: As a result of the 2016 Soberanes Fire, much of the Ventana Wilderness remains CLOSED. This includes backcountry camps like Sykes, Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, Pat Spring, Carmel River, Pico Blanco Public Camp, and many others. Unauthorized entry is punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and imprisonment up to six months.

Please review these links for details, and if you have questions, call the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest at (831) 385-5434 before visiting the Ventana Wilderness.

05-07-51-16-22_Order_and_Memo.pdf

Soberanes Fire Closure Order 05-07-51-16-22 Map

Areas that are currently OPEN include the Cone Peak Trail Network, the Arroyo Seco area, The Indians, and the Silver Peak Wilderness.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Effective June 14, 2017, Fire Restrictions are in place. Campfires are prohibited in the backcountry. Stoves are permitted with a valid permit which can be obtained here. Campfires are NEVER permitted along roadways in Big Sur.  

 

LEAVE NO TRACE: With visitation to the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest now concentrated in far fewer trails and camps, it is up to all of us to tread lightly on the land. Now more than ever, it is critical that all visitors practice Leave No Trace principles.

 

STATE PARKS: Many State Park trails in the Big Sur area are also CLOSED. Call the State Park that you wish to explore to determine if trails are open. A handy list of State Park phone numbers can be found at the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Camping Guide.

Current conditions for all Big Sur area State Parks. 

Weather

weatherYou'll find here a number of links to some pretty informative internet weather sites relevant to the northern Santa Lucia backcounty traveler. They should be helpful in determining what the weather's going to do while you're out there. But regardless of what these folks say, it's always smart to prepare for the worst.

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Local and Regional weather conditions and forecasts:

Real-time streamflow rates for regional rivers for the previous 31 days in graph format, courtesy of the USGS:

The BIG picture satellite photograph from the University of Washington's Department of Atmospheric Sciences

 

Road Conditions

road conditionsUse these links and phone numbers to get the most recent road conditions:

Caltrans Road Conditions website

Toll-free Big Sur Road Conditions Hotline: (888) 836-0866 

Monterey County Public Works  

Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District: (831) 385-5434 

Fort Hunter Liggett: (831) 386-2782   

 

Trail Conditions

trail conditionsCheck the VWA Trail Conditions Reports and feel free to ask questions in our Ventana Discussion Forum

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