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. 

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Cruikshank Trail

Cruikshank Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:39 pm

Date Hiked: June 28, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Seven of us hiked to Alder Camp via the Cruikshank Trail today. It was not as hot as we anticipatd so we had a nice but warm hike after we left Villa Creek.

Trail condidtions are as follows.

HWY 1 to top of Switchback, clear to Wilderness freeway. Tread has been repaired and brushed in many areas.

Top of Switchback to Upper Cruikshank Camp, Clear. Tread is well defined and most of the brush is clear of the trail, easy to follow. Afew spots where tread has broken down on outside of trail due to encroaching brush.

We saw three groups of backpackers on this trail on our way in. Flies were not bad.
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Postby Cassie on Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:26 pm

Date Hiked: June 21, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail is in great condition up to Cruikshank camp, some encroaching poison oak, but no washouts or other obstacles. Great views!

Postby dknapp1 on Wed May 27, 2009 11:40 am

Date Hiked: May 23, 2009
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)


We hiked to Silver Camp after parking at the trailhead next to HWY 1. Starts with steep coastal scrub climb. Trail was in good condition, though many patches of poison oak. Water was available at Lower Cruickshank, Villa Creek, and Silver Camp.
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Cruikshank Trail

Postby Site Administrator on Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:02 pm

* USFS trail #5E10
* Parking: Hwy. 1 south of Villa Creek Bridge
* Watersheds: Villa Creek
* Junctions: Buckeye Trail
* Connects: Hwy 1 with South Coast Ridge Jeep Trail
* Camps: Cruikshank Camps, Silver Camp, Lion's Den Camp
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