ALERT: Due to a January 26-28 storm, Highway 1 is closed from Big Creek Vista Point in the south to just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north. Long-term, there is a significant washout of the Highway 1 at Rat Creek (just north of Big Creek Reserve and just south of Esalen Institute). Expect this closure to be in place until summer 2021. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge) is also significantly damaged and may not be open for quite some time.  

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest has re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In and around the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open. Wilderness camps in the backcountry can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) or via Tassajara Road deep in the Carmel Valley. 

The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp remains closed. 

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are also open.

Most secondary roads (including Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge roads) remain gated and closed. 

This map depicts the closure boundary. Not sure if a particular road, trail, or camp is open? Call the Monterey Ranger District at 831-385-5434. Please enjoy your public lands responsibly. When in place, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions. Pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper). Leave this special place better than you found it. Leave No Trace ethics are more important than ever with visitors concentrated in fewer places to go.  

State Parks 

The following are open for day use:  Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park - Soberanes Canyon Trail, Andrew Molera State Park, Point Sur State Historic Park (tours only), and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (go online or call to find out if the park's campgrounds are open)  

The following remain closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Limekiln State Park  

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (additional US Forest Service information for the Monterey Ranger District): Please note that the information above is oftentimes more up-to-date than the US Forest Service site. Call 831-385-5434 with questions. 


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VWA Annual Gathering- Saturday June 11th at Toro Park

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Re: VWA Annual Gathering- Saturday June 11th at Toro Park

Postby mikesplain on Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:34 pm

We have a fine program this year-

• Live performances by your favorite uber-volunteers.
• Volunteer recognition by the US Forest Service and Monterey County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue.
• The presentation of a GIANT CHECK!
• a guided hike with Esperanza Hernandez (meet at the park entrance at 9am.)
• an outstanding potluck.
• a gear swap.
• great raffle prizes from REI, Patagonia, Backcountry Press & others.
• plenty of time to catch up with friends old and new.

Feel free to bring a friend- there's lots of room at the Buckeye Group Area. We hope to see you Saturday!
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VWA Annual Gathering- Saturday June 11th at Toro Park

Postby mikesplain on Thu May 12, 2016 1:18 pm

Join us for big fun under the oaks on Saturday, June 11th. See below for details; please RSVP to . We hope to see you there!

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