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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated February 25, 2021 

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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IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

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FOREST CLOSURE REDUCED!

Postby mikesplain on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:39 pm

At last! The Los Padres National Forest has finally reduced the Soberanes fire closure order. Most of the Ventana Wilderness is now open, although the western Pine Ridge Trail, Terrace Creek Trail & spurs remain closed (see attached map). Have fun out there, but be safe & remember that we are still in Level 3 Fires Restrictions- NO CAMPFIRES in the backcountry. Happy trails!

The official order can be viewed at- https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/new ... EPRD563663

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Re: IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby mikesplain on Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:29 am

In a normal year, we'd all be preparing for hiking season & the VWA keeps getting requests for such information. HOWEVER, please note that this is not a normal year & that due to the Soberanes Fire the entire Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District is CLOSED until further notice. In the past, such closure orders have lasted well into spring, so please plan accordingly. In other words, don't plan on hiking in the Ventana Wilderness until at least spring of 2017. See http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/aler ... ?aid=36366 for more details.
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IMPORTANT! FOREST CLOSURE

Postby mikesplain on Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:55 pm

As of today, Friday, September 2nd, the entire Monterey Ranger District is CLOSED. Plan your adventures somewhere other than the Big Sur backcountry until further notice. Here is the closure map & official order-

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