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by mikesplain
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

There's definitely no official trail, it's an old dozer line that folks use as a cross country route. As Mr. Felsman indicates, the entire wilderness is closed, but once it's open again, please use the maps at- https://bigsurtrailmap.net/ Alltrails & Caltopo have basically no quality control &am...
by mikesplain
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers
Replies: 4
Views: 1548

Re: Talk of Closing the forest because of car-campers

Expect to see all of the south coast backroads (Cone Peak, South Coast Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & Plaskett Ridge roads) closed to the public in the next day or 2. The closure order may last as long as October. This is unfortunate, but likely due to certain individual's insistence on gathe...
by mikesplain
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-6/1/20
Replies: 32
Views: 7437

Re: Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-4/30/20

I just checked the LPNF website & the current order does indeed expire on April 30th- https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/ale ... ?aid=57918

Rumor has it the Forest is planning to renew it, at least in some form...
by mikesplain
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 2258

Re: White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

From the Monterey County DPW website: "Road Closures- Palo Colorado Road 4.0 mm (The Hoist) 06-26-18 to Indefinite Storm Damage" This is correct, there is no closure at Highway 1; the road is closed at mile marker 4. HOWEVER, it's wise to also check the LPNF website or call the LPNF Monter...
by mikesplain
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Remote Car Camping
Replies: 4
Views: 1293

Re: Remote Car Camping

The Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District is more than 85% federally-designated Wilderness. That's a point of pride, but Wilderness is by definition roadless. In other words, there are very few roads around the perimeters of an area with a population base of several million humans with...
by mikesplain
Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Hiking Tassajara Road
Replies: 3
Views: 1104

Re: Hiking Tassajara Road

Tassajara Road (at least in its outer reaches) is a gem with wonderful views, but as with any location within the LPNF Monterey Ranger District, seasonality & timing is key. If you're hiking on a winter week day, have at it & enjoy the solitude. If you're planning a spring &/or weekend o...
by mikesplain
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Mountain bikes in the Ventana Wilderness?
Replies: 30
Views: 9122

Re: Mountain bikes in the Ventana Wilderness?

Keep in mind that bikes are not permitted on North Coast Ridge Road, so even if it were legal, riding on Boronda or DeAngulo trails would involve first pushing your bike up to the top (good luck riding up those slopes). Theoretically, one could legally ride the Prewitt Loop Trail (although a Search ...
by mikesplain
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Weather and flies - current conditions
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: Weather and flies - current conditions

Chaparral body armor & extreme patience may be in order for that route, check out the latest conditions reports-
https://www.ventanawild.org/forums/vent ... trails/277
https://www.ventanawild.org/forums/vent ... trails/270
by mikesplain
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: Wild & Scenic Film Festival October 17th & 19th
Replies: 3
Views: 1592

Re: Wild & Scenic Film Festival October 17th & 19th

As of 9/26, only 50 tickets left for the Santa Cruz screening, it may sell out soon. Still plenty of tickets for Monterey so far...
by mikesplain
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Ventana Discussion
Topic: Wild & Scenic Film Festival October 17th & 19th
Replies: 3
Views: 704

Re: Wild & Scenic Film Festival October 17th & 19th

As of 9/26, only 50 tickets left for the Santa Cruz screening, it may sell out soon. Still plenty of tickets for Monterey so far...