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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Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

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Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby kevinhang on Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:37 am

I just did this 3ish weeks ago. Extremely overgrown, very heavy bushwacking and no water sources until I came down from the peak. But I cameled at lions den so that wasn't a problem as the spring there was flowing fine, this was the weekend before the big storm that took out the road btw.

Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby jbl on Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:21 pm

I will sometimes refer to Alltrails for information about areas I haven't been to and sometimes I find some useful information, but I would not rely on Alltrails for any up to date or accurate information about any unofficial trails in the Ventana or Silver Peak Wildernesses; the one shown in the OP's post is a good example as it shows a trail down Villa Creek Canyon from Villa Creek Camp to Highway 1 when no such trail exists and it would be a very very difficult slog to get down that way. Also that Buckshank Ridge trail that is highlighted on the map in the OP's post is not a trail at all and involves some serious bushwhacking and route finding. The only reliable information sources are those posted by Jack on, and the paper map put out by Green Trails--

All this talk about the trails makes me want to get out there, hopefully it will reopen soon!
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Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby Parshman on Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:53 am

I love that map ! But it would be a bad idea to plan a trip using that. Several fascinating trails are shown but don't exist. And at least one that should be shown but is not (Villa Camp to Alder Creek Camp). I have seen the trail from Villa camp down to highway one on several maps, but was that ever a trail?

Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby jbl on Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:50 pm

Once Silver Peak Wilderness opens up...
Definitely read all the comments in the discussion that is linked in Jim Ringland's prior post as among those comments were some very detailed first-hand information from several folks who have spent a bit of time in the Silver Peak environs. As I said in my post in that discussion--much of that territory is not for the faint of heart!
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Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:37 pm

There was a discussion about this route and others in the area back in April 2019. See the thread "Help Wanted! Loop through Silver Peak" at .
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Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby mikesplain on Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:41 pm

There's definitely no official trail, it's an old dozer line that folks use as a cross country route. As Mr. Felsman indicates, the entire wilderness is closed, but once it's open again, please use the maps at-
Alltrails & Caltopo have basically no quality control & are not to be trusted, especially in the Big Sur region.
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Re: Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby gfelsman on Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:06 am

The route you speak of may be a deer trail or heavily overgrown. Be prepared for some heavy bushwhacking.

At this time the Silver Peak Wilderness is closed to the general public. It will remain closed until the Dolan Fire is declared out.
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Silver Peak - Trail or No Trail

Postby stefanie_g on Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:48 pm

Is there an official trail that runs past Silver Peak? CalTopo and AllTrails shows a trail running from Lion Den Campground, past Silver Peak, and connecting north to Buckeye Trail.

And does anyone have water source information? Seasonal streams or creeks?
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