Highway One Closure: Due to a washout at Rat Creek, Highway 1 is closed from just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north to Big Creek Vista Point in the south. Expect this closure to be in place until late April, 2021. 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 or 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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Is the Ventana Camp Trail Open?

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Re: Is the Ventana Camp Trail Open?

Postby Carl Mounteer on Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:04 pm

Ok, thanks for your help on that.
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Re: Is the Ventana Camp Trail Open?

Postby VWA_Ranger on Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:41 pm

Carl, as of this writing the Ventana Camp Trail is closed along with the rest of the Lower Pine Ridge Trail System per the LPNF Website. The Status of this trail system will change sometime next week.

There are a couple of articles out there that can give more details.
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Is the Ventana Camp Trail Open?

Postby Carl Mounteer on Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:31 pm

I checked this report for the Ventana Camp Trail to ascertain its condition and whether it is open or closed. The report is highly ambiguous: the language I highlighted in red states the trail is "PARTIALLY OPEN"; but below that it states, in blue type, that "...the trail remains closed to the general public at this time."

I would be grateful to anyone who can dispel this confusion and clarify whether the trail is open or closed

Re: Ventana Camp Trail
Postby VWA_Ranger on Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:47 am

Date Hiked: February 25, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.


The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Volunteer Rangers and trail crew members continue to work on the Ventana Camp Trail in preparation for its opening. They removed downed trees, shrubs and limbs along the trail from recent storms.

Trail conditions are as follows:

The Ventana Camp Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.
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