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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A backpacker decided to take the Santa Lucia Trail ...

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Re: A backpacker decided to take the Santa Lucia Trail ...

Postby tompetrillo on Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:32 am

It would be nice to have an outing with a machete and marginally clear up the trail thru last chance falls. The end part of that hike is a tick and poison oak bonanza. On the other hand, because the trail is in such poor condition while the waterfall so stunning... It is likely the nicest waterfall you will ever experience in pure solitude.

Re: A backpacker decided to take the Santa Lucia Trail ...

Postby Pecksniff on Mon May 04, 2020 9:31 am

Will the Santa Lucia trail be abandoned? The Indians road is a better and more easily maintained option.

Re: A backpacker decided to take the Santa Lucia Trail ...

Postby AaronP on Sat May 02, 2020 12:08 pm

I was planning a 50 mile thru hike last year using that Santa Lucia connector trail, glad I went up to Junipero Serra and scouted it beforehand. Just after about 50 yards or so I was confident that would not be wise. Agreed, glad he made it out okay. I'm sure he learned a valuable lesson on that trek.
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A backpacker decided to take the Santa Lucia Trail ...

Postby jack_glendening on Sat May 02, 2020 11:03 am

Very interesting "trip report" from an ultralight backpacker doing a large loop out of Arroyo Seco, to North Coast Ridge Road and Junipero Serra summit, who then decided to take the "short" way back to Arroyo Seco via the Santa Lucia Trail - and ended up in Santa Lucia Creek with downclimbs, etc. A day late returning, reported missing to sherrifs. , ... Am glad it turned out as well as it did. ... d_missing/

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