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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Plaskett Fire

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Re: Plaskett Fire

Postby Carnivore on Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:00 pm

Another fire started on Plaskett ridge rd!

The road has been closed for a few months in an effort to stop people from camping in big sur. This is the second fire during the closure of the road. There had not been a fire on the Plaskett Ridge road for many years, I am thinking 20 years ? Is it possible the campers were actually preventing the fires? :^)

Plaskett Fire

Postby Alladin on Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:48 pm

Does anyone know what started the Plaskett fire, I saw this exchange on the Big Sur Kate website which implies it was started by campers, is that true?

June 5, 2020 at 6:52 am
Having Plaskett Ridge Rd open to the public during the dry/fire season is like
leaving a loaded gun on the table when you go out, leaving your children alone at home.
It could be creating paying employment for the coroner & undertaker
– just like jobs for the firefighters-
or, it could be ruining a lot of lives & homes for a lot of people & animals.
“Do you feel lucky?”

June 5, 2020 at 8:32 am
Well put, Wally"
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