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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated April 26, 2021

Highway One is Open. The washout at Rat Creek has been repaired and the highway is open throughout Big Sur. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road -- which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge -- is significantly damaged and will be closed indefinitely. 

What's Open: NEW: The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp IS OPEN effective April 13, 2021. 

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open. Wilderness trails inland can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) and from Tassajara Road off of Carmel Valley Road). Along the coast, Wilderness trails may be accessed via the Pine Ridge Trail at Big Sur Station, the North Coast Ridge Road, the Boronda Trail, and the De Angulo Trail on Highway One.

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

What's Closed: Click here for a map that shows the current fire closure boundaries

Road Closures: Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Cone Peak, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge Roads remain closed.

Know Before You Go: 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. 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. 

Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and stoves are currently permitted in the backcountry. Click here for a permit and take it with you

State Parks: Check with individual State Parks to confirm access and for additional information. 
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.

Closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve

 

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Forum Rules - Please Read Before Posting

Postby Site Administrator on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:03 am

We've put together this forum as a way for aficionados of the northern Santa Lucia Range and Big Sur Coast to get together and share information. Anything relating to this exquisite region is appropriately posted here, be it announcements, questions, answers, reports of condition or calls-to-arms.

Please note that this is a moderated board, and that certain indiscretions, such as personal attack (flaming), inflammatory messages (trolling), or use of vulgar language could get your post deleted. We do not tolerate spamming and any spam or commercial post will not only be deleted, but the poster will be immediately banned from the forum (excepting pertinent posts to the For Sale, Barter or Trade forum that are in line with the VWA's mission.)

Moderators will generally not censor content, but we reserve the right to censor style. In other words, we care less about what you say than how you say it. You may criticize, complain, disagree, etc., but keep it respectful. Also, we reserve the right to remove any post or thread which we deem to be deleterious to wilderness preservation and the mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, such as descriptions of travel in trail-less areas, directions to sensitive areas, posts condoning or stating the intention to engage in illegal activity, etc., at our discretion. Rest assured that we will never share your personal data or e-mail address with any third party, period.

That said, we hope you'll take a moment to add your thoughts and experience to the forum, but please keep in mind that the views, attitudes and ideas expressed here are not necessarily those of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, and that any and all information gleaned here must be used at your own risk.
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