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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated December 7, 2020

Despite the closure of public lands, many Big Sur businesses (including private campgrounds) are open for business. Call the business you wish to visit ahead of travel for hours of operation. 

As of 12/07/2020, Highway 1 is open along the Big Sur coast. 

Most other roads in the region are closed.   

US Forest Service Managed Lands - The US Forest Service continues to maintain a closure of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. Trails and backcountry camps are closed. Effectively, the entire Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest is closed.  Click here for the Forest Closure Order dated 10/09/2020.  This link includes a Forest Closure Map.  Call the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest for more information: 831-385-5434.  

Fines for entering closed areas can be up to $10,000.  

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 Hisoric 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 - Any botany experts?

Any botany experts?

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Re: Any botany experts?

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Re: Any botany experts?

Postby steveu on Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:21 pm

I don't think your tree will make it, a number of reasons, one lack of moisture in summer, the natural range is in the fog belt providing summer moisture, second the cold would probably if not kill the tree seriously stunt it,
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Any botany experts?

Postby VentanaMaster on Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:37 pm

On December 8th of 2011 I hiked into the Ventana along the Pine Ridge Trail from Tassajara Road at the China Camp trailhead in order to plant a tree using my old girlfriend's ashes as mulch. Back in the day (1970s) she and I did many hikes together throughout the Ventana and Sierra, and upon her deathbed in 2010 (metastatic bone cancer) she asked that her ashes be sent to me from Florida so I could scatter them somewhere in the mountains. I decided to go one better and use her ashes in the planting of a tree to her memory.
I chose a Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) as it is a native tree to Monterey County. What I don't know is if this tree whose natural range hugs the oceanside coastal zone of the Monterey Peninsula will survive the extremes of where I planted it. It is planted above 4,000 feet where it snows annually. I just hiked in there again yesterday to check on the tree for the first time since I planted it 34 days ago and it seems to be thriving.

Hopefully the tree survives for the long-term and that decades from now a towering, twisted, gorgeous Cypress stands overlooking the Ventana Wilderness in loving memory of a very good woman who loved the mountains.
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