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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Flies at Arroyo Seco campground this time of year?

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Re: Flies at Arroyo Seco campground this time of year?

Postby VWA Admin on Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:36 am

Deer flies (which inflict a painful bite) tend to be abundant in the interior Santa Lucia Range between mid-May & late June. Note that all developed campgrounds remain closed & fire restrictions are in place- no campfires, but stoves are OK with a valid CA Campfire Permit.
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Re: Flies at Arroyo Seco campground this time of year?

Postby tompetrillo on Sun May 31, 2020 10:12 pm

I was there today. Hiked part of the santa lucia trail. I had planned to make it to the last chance falls but turned back because of flies. To say it was intense would be an understatement. Things are not as bad in the campground or on the gorge that attracts most people. Even there, it was unpleasant.

Flies at Arroyo Seco campground this time of year?

Postby jwahl09 on Fri May 29, 2020 5:32 pm

Long time ventana backcountry backpacker here. I haven't camped at Arroyo Seco at this time of year and have some friends that are planning a trip early June. I know flies in the back country can be bad after May, and was wondering what the typical fly status is in the Arroyo Seco campground and gorge right now or typically at this time of year? Are they going to miserable?

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