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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated January 22, 2021

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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Forum Rules - Please Read Before Posting

Postby Site Administrator on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:03 am

We've put together this forum as a way for aficionados of the northern Santa Lucia Range and Big Sur Coast to get together and share information. Anything relating to this exquisite region is appropriately posted here, be it announcements, questions, answers, reports of condition or calls-to-arms.

Please note that this is a moderated board, and that certain indiscretions, such as personal attack (flaming), inflammatory messages (trolling), or use of vulgar language could get your post deleted. We do not tolerate spamming and any spam or commercial post will not only be deleted, but the poster will be immediately banned from the forum (excepting pertinent posts to the For Sale, Barter or Trade forum that are in line with the VWA's mission.)

Moderators will generally not censor content, but we reserve the right to censor style. In other words, we care less about what you say than how you say it. You may criticize, complain, disagree, etc., but keep it respectful. Also, we reserve the right to remove any post or thread which we deem to be deleterious to wilderness preservation and the mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, such as descriptions of travel in trail-less areas, directions to sensitive areas, posts condoning or stating the intention to engage in illegal activity, etc., at our discretion. Rest assured that we will never share your personal data or e-mail address with any third party, period.

That said, we hope you'll take a moment to add your thoughts and experience to the forum, but please keep in mind that the views, attitudes and ideas expressed here are not necessarily those of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, and that any and all information gleaned here must be used at your own risk.
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