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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. 

 

Ventana Wilderness Forums • View topic - Year-end support

Year-end support

Announcements and Events pertinent to the Northern Santa Lucia Range

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Year-end support

Postby VWA Admin on Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:40 am

If you love the public lands of the Big Sur backcountry, chances are you use VWA's information services (forum, website, Facebook, Instagram, Meetup, Twitter). We also fund, train, outfit, & deploy volunteer & contract trail crews, Volunteer Wilderness Rangers, & dedicated Field Instructors who engage & inspire local youth. It's a labor of love, but it's not free! If you'd like to help us keep up this important work, the end of the year is an ideal time to do so, here's how:

Donate to VWA at Patagonia Action Works (until 12/31, your gift will be doubled)-
https://www.patagonia.com/actionworks/g ... -alliance/

Donate to VWA at Monterey County Gives! (up to $35,000, your gift will be doubled)-
http://www.mcgives.com/vwa

Become a VWA member-
http://www.ventanawild.org/donate

Join VWA Meetup (lots of volunteer opportunities)-
http://www.meetup.com/Ventana-Wildernes ... nce-Meetup

Thank you, happy trails, & happy holidays!
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