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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated February 25, 2021 

ALERT: Due to a January 26-28 storm, Highway 1 is closed from Big Creek Vista Point in the south to just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north. Long-term, there is a significant washout of the Highway 1 at Rat Creek (just north of Big Creek Reserve and just south of Esalen Institute). Expect this closure to be in place until summer 2021. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge) is also significantly damaged and may not be open for quite some time.  

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. Wilderness camps in the backcountry can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) or via Tassajara Road deep in the Carmel Valley. 

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 secondary 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. 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. When in place, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions. 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 with visitors concentrated in fewer places to go.  

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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White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

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Re: White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

Postby Doelman on Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:00 pm

You can go up long ridge from the closure on pall Colorado rd, walk up that to get to the turner creek trail, that takes you to the vdc/ skinner-ridge trail
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Re: White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

Postby AaronP on Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:03 pm

jdoelman wrote:There is no public access through White Rock, you need to know someone to get in there.
Part of the trail which is just inside the forest service boundary, and just outside of whiterock has been rerouted. Even if you have access the "trailhead" is very hard to find.

Ok, thanks for that information. So there's basically no public access to the trails in the area since the palo colorado rd is closed as well?
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Re: White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

Postby jdoelman on Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:23 pm

There is no public access through White Rock, you need to know someone to get in there.
Part of the trail which is just inside the forest service boundary, and just outside of whiterock has been rerouted. Even if you have access the "trailhead" is very hard to find.
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White Rock Lake Trailhead into Pine Creek

Postby AaronP on Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:09 am

Just wondering what the road access/parking situation is like at the trailhead. Looking to backpack a couple days going up to Mount Carmel and possibly VDC in the coming weeks.
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