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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated January 22, 2021

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.

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 back 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. Still 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, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions, pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper), and leave this special place better than you found it.

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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What is below Pine Falls?

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Re: What is below Pine Falls?

Postby EricW on Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:09 pm

Ah, I see. Thanks for the info! Also, great blog by the way.
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Re: What is below Pine Falls?

Postby pantilat on Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:43 am

There's a couple cascades and mini pools downstream of that steep section but nothing like the well known Pine Falls and pool or even like that steep section which is a pretty multi-tiered waterfall when in decent flow. The river is mostly lazy for several miles downstream before it flows over another waterfall and into a short gorge section between Round Rock Camp and Hiding Canyon Camp.
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What is below Pine Falls?

Postby EricW on Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:11 am

Hey everyone!

To preface this question, I think it's important to note that I absolutely do NOT have any intentions of entering the wilderness. I understand the closures currently in place and am not willing to risk the danger of current/potential fires or the consequences of criminal actions.

On to my question...
Earlier this summer I went on several overnight or weekend trips to Pine Valley. During one of our trips, we hiked down to Pine falls, and bumped into some people who asked me what was down the creek below the waterfall/swimming hole. I didn't know, so I decided to go check it out. After about 300 yards of walking downstream past the waterfall/swimming hole, I reached a point where the elevation dropped significantly. Not quite a cliff, but extremely steep. At this point, there was a new looking rope tied to a tree that would allow one to continue down the creek.

I decided not to pursue it because I was in flip flops, but ever since that trip, I've been wondering about this area. What's below the rope? Just more creek? Another swimming hole? Has anyone climbed down this rope into the next section of the creek? Is it worth adventuring down there? I'll probably check it out next summer if conditions allow, but it's been on my mind so figured I would ask here.

Eric

Also, yes, flip-flops, I know - terrible. I recently threw those out for a nice pair of Xero sandals haha.
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