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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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Fire Restrictions

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PLEASE BE FIRESAFE!

Postby mikesplain on Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:04 pm

Despite lowered USFS fire restrictions, the tragic Pfeiffer Fire should remind us all that California is in the midst of its driest year on record.
Have a happy holiday filled with wilderness travel, but please be careful and consider not having a campfire-
you'll lessen your impact on the land and be rewarded with a much better view of the clear winter night sky.
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Level 4 Fire Restrictions Lifted

Postby mikesplain on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:05 pm

As of today (December 11th), Fore restrictions have been lifted Forest-wide.
The official Forest Order is attached below.
Conditions are still very dry, so please be careful!

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LEVEL 4 FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Postby mikesplain on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:44 pm

The Monterey Ranger District had a nice shower of rain this past weekend,
but nevertheless, the Forest is still very dry and Level 4 Fire Restrictions remain in place.
See the thread below for details.
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IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ! Level 4 Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:43 pm

With Labor Day weekend coming up and wildfires burning throughout the Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains,
we've been getting a lot of calls and emails requesting recommendations for hikes in the Ventana / Silver Peak Wilderness areas.
Most folks seemed surprised to hear that the entire Los Padres National Forest is under such strict fire restrictions;
perhaps either we or the Forest have not been doing a very good job of getting the word out, so here it is again:

NO CAMPFIRES, NO STOVES, NO SMOKING in the backcountry!
COLD CAMPING ONLY until restrictions are lifted (typically after significant rainfall has been recorded in the late fall).

If you can't get through the morning without a hot cup of coffee or tea,
consider car-camping at one of these designated sites where you can use a stove (but not a campfire)
after clearing a 5' radius swath of bare mineral soil:

Arroyo Seco Campground /Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Plaskett Creek Campground/Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp
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LEVEL 4 Fire Restrictions in effect!

Postby mikesplain on Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:51 pm

The short version is- no smoking, no target shooting, NO CAMPFIRES & NO STOVES in the backcountry.
Yes, you read that right- COLD CAMPING ONLY until restrictions are lifted (typically after 2" of rainfall has been recorded in the fall or early winter).
You can read the Forest Order here- http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news ... RDB5428916
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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby Betsy M on Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:06 pm

Just a reminder that the USFS put Level III Fire Restrictions in effect on May 17, 2013. Please see this link for details.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5401877
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Re: Fire Restrictions

Postby Betsy M on Mon May 20, 2013 4:08 am

Effective 5/17/13, NO CAMPFIRES are allowed in the backcountry. Only stoves or portable lanterns may be used. A valid California campfire permit is REQUIRED for use of a stove or lantern. You may obtain a free campfire permit from any ranger station, or download one here: (http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5404941.pdf)

You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.

Target shooting is prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.

Campfires are still allowed at designated Campfire Use sites:
Arroyo Seco Campground /Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground/Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp

Check the USFS announcement for more details. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5420713 This is a very dry year, and there have already been major wildfires in California, including one in Los Padres. It is important to follow fire restriction requirements to protect the Forest.
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Fire Restrictions

Postby mikesplain on Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:26 am

by Betsy M on Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:40 am

Fire Restrictions in Los Padres National Forest have been lifted, as of November 14th. A campfire permit is still required. http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsint ... &%20Events
Contact the Monterey District office for more information:
Monterey Ranger District
406 S. Mildred St.
King City, CA 93930
Voice: 831-385-5434
Fax: 831-385-0628
Tty: 831-385-1189
8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday
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