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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Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-6/1/20

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Re: Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-6/1/20

Postby AaronP on Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:45 pm

As for picking people up, if you do get pulled aside I would explain the situation and hopefully you'll be okay but I definitely can't guarantee anything. Where are you planning on picking them up?
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Re: Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-6/1/20

Postby Tom on Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:24 pm

I know people backpacking right now. Will I still have access to pick them up? Do we know why this order is going into place now, when the Federal guidelines have been out for months. Are all National Forests in California closed or just Los Padres?

Monterey Ranger District COVID-19 Closure- 4/16-6/1/20

Postby VWA Admin on Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:55 pm

Los Padres closes Monterey Ranger District roads and trails to the public until June 1

GOLETA, Calif. – In alignment with current Federal, state, and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors, volunteers and employees, Los Padres National Forest will temporarily close roads and trails on the Monterey Ranger District to the public effective April 16, 2020.

This forest closure order will be in effect through June 1, 2020.

These roads, trails, and trailheads are drawing increasingly heavy vehicle traffic and large groups of people, creating circumstances where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, some roads, trails, and trailheads are located adjacent to residential properties and could potentially contribute to exposure risks to local residents. Roads and trails may create unmanageable vectors for further community spread of COVID-19.

This forest closure order includes the following roads, trails and trailheads:

• Tassajara Road – Forest Road No. 18S02
• Milpitas Road – Forest Road No. 19S09
• Nacimiento-Fergusson Road – Forest Road No. 22S01
• South Coast Ridge Road – Forest Road No. 22S05
• Baldwin Ranch Road – Forest Road No. 24S06
• Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road – Forest Road No. 23S01
• Sycamore Canyon Road – Forest Road No. 19S05

• Boronda Trail – Forest Road No. 20S03
• DeAngulo Trail – Forest Trail No. 2E07
• Kirk Creek Trail – Forest Trail No. 4E17
• Prewitt Loop Trail – Forest Trail No. 5E06
• Sand Dollar/Jade Cove Trail – Forest Trail No. 5E13
• Cruickshank Trail – Forest Trail No. 5E10
• Soda Springs Trail – Forest Trail No. 5E17
• Buckeye Trail – Forest Trail No. 5E09
• Salmon Creek Trail – Forest Trail No. 6E11

• San Carpoforo
• Salmon Creek
• Buckeye
• Soda Springs
• Cruickshank
• Prewitt South
• Prewitt North
• Mill Creek
• Kirk Creek
• De Angulo
• Boronda

This closure is an interim measure. Los Padres National Forest will continue to evaluate the emerging circumstances around COVID-19 and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as State and local health departments to ensure that the safety of our employees and our visitors remains our top priority.
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