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.

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

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

miller-canyon-trailIn drought years, the Miller Fork of the Carmel River can run dry

 

Note: Trailhead is within China Camp (which is actually a car campground). Trail begins as gated, unpaved Jeffery Road (USFS #19S03).

  • USFS Trail: #3E04
  • Parking: Tassajara Road
  • Cost: Free
  • Watershed: Carmel River
  • Junctions: Carmel River Trail
  • Connects: China Camp with the Carmel River
  • Camps: Miller Canyon, Clover Basin
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