Ventana Wilderness Trails

As of December 5, 2016, the Soberanes Fire closure area has been reduced. See the links below for the Forest Closure Order and a map which indicates the closure boundaries.

Most 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 and call the Monterey Ranger District at (831) 385-5434 before visiting the Ventana Wilderness.


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

Effective January 17, 2017, Fire Restrictions are reduced for the areas of the Monterey Ranger District outside of the closure boundaries. Campfires are now permitted with a valid permit which can be obtained here.  

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.

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 link below.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce Camping Guide

little-sur-trailHikers admire a yucca in full bloom near Pico Blanco Public Camp


Note: Eastern trailhead is at Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. This trail ascends over Launtz Ridge to the South Fork Little Sur River and should not be confused with Jackson Camp Trail, which is confined to the North Fork Little Sur.

  • USFS Trail: #1E03
  • Parking: Bottchers Gap Campground, Old Coast Road
  • Cost: Parking Fee
  • Watershed: Little Sur River
  • Junctions: Jackson Camp Trail, Mount Manuel Trail
  • Connects: Pico Blanco Scout Camp with Old Coast Road
  • Camps: Pico Blanco Public Camp
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