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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Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Loop

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Wilderness Freeway: Heavily used and well maintained.
Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined.
Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident.
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Re: Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Lo

Post by CalBear on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:48 pm

Date Hiked: July 12, 2014
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and/or well maintained)

Just hiked the Ridge=>Panorama=>Bluffs loop yesterday. The crews have nearly finished completely clearing the Panorama trail (a big thank you!) so that it is easy to navigate. The Bluffs and Ridge trails were wide open. We encountered one large rattlesnake about the mid-way point of the Panorama trail but it just crossed the path and went into the brush. It was a great day!

Re: Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Lo

Post by Fat Popi on Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:19 pm

Date Hiked: December 12, 2013
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

ALL the trails at Molera are in tip top shape as of today. Even the east Side.

Re: Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Lo

Post by Visitor on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:12 pm

Date Hiked: May 5, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

As of May 6, 2011, the seasonal bridge is out and the river was too high to cross at the beach. No alternative routes were found to get to the other side of the river to bluffs and panorama trails. The trails to the campsite and headland trails are in good condition.

Re: Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Lo

Post by K Vandevere on Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:21 pm

Date Hiked: September 12, 2010
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Bluffs & Panorama Trails are freshly weed-whacked wilderness freeways. Took the South Boundary Trail down to the river (because we'd developed a hankering to get a beer at the Maiden Publick House) then followed the river trails back. The South Boundary Trail was a wilderness freeway. The trails along the river were clear, except for some debris near one of the (wet) stream crossings and a little bit of easily avoided poison oak.

Re: Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Lo

Post by Paul and Lana on Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:08 pm

Date Hiked: August 18, 2010
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Great hike! Encountered a mountain lion cub; no sighting of mother... Trail clear throughout with good trail markers.

loop trail

Post by weatherguy on Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:00 am

Date Hiked: August 26, 2009
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Trail in good condition except for portions of the Panorama Trail that are overgrown with brush. LOTS of poison oak - sometimes growing into the trail.

Andrew Molera State Park: Bluffs/Panorama/Ridge Trail Loop

Post by Site Administrator on Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:05 pm

No description available. If you've walked this trail recently please submit a Trail Conditions Report!