Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest has re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In and around the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open.

The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp remains closed.

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are also open. Most back roads (including Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge roads) remain gated and closed.

This map depicts the closure boundary. Still 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, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions, pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper), and leave this special place better than you found it.

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 Historic 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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How to Post Trail Conditions Reports

Check on current trail conditions or take the time to tell us how the walking went on your last trip!

How to Post Trail Conditions Reports

Postby Site Administrator on Sun May 31, 2009 6:35 pm

Submitting a trail report from your recent hike into the Ventana or Silver Peak Wilderness environs is both simple and helpful - just select the area in which you hiked (Ventana Wilderness, Silver Peak Wilderness, or State Parks), click on the name of the trail you hiked, and click "New Report."

Include specific conditions or problems encountered. For the longer trails some folks like to segment the specific conditions part of their reports, reporting conditions in a serial fashion between landmarks such as camps or junctions. This is fine so long as the entire report is specific to a particular named trail. If your trip covered more than one trail please fill out the form and submit the information specific to each trail.

Registered users of the forum who are logged in may also upload pictures, or link to photos that you have uploaded to your website or to a photo sharing service like Flickr or Picasa. Unregistered guests may submit trail reports, but their reports will have to be approved by a moderator before they are published to the website.

Click the link below to here to submit a report now!
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