Highway One Closure: Due to a washout at Rat Creek, Highway 1 is closed from just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north to Big Creek Vista Point in the south. Expect this closure to be in place until late April, 2021. 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 or 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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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,

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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