Highway One Closure: Due to a washout at Rat Creek, Highway 1 is closed from just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north to Big Creek Vista Point in the south. Expect this closure to be in place until Friday, April 23, 2021. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road -- which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge -- is significantly damaged and will be closed indefinitely. 

What's Open: NEW: The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp IS OPEN effective April 13, 2021. 

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open. Wilderness trails inland can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) and from Tassajara Road off or Carmel Valley Road). Along the coast, Wilderness trails may be accessed via the Pine Ridge Trail at Big Sur Station, the North Coast Ridge Road, the Boronda Trail, and the De Angulo Trail on Highway One.

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are open. 

What's Closed: Click here for a map that shows the current fire closure boundaries

Road Closures: Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Cone Peak, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge Roads remain closed.

Know Before You Go: 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. 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. 

Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and stoves are currently permitted in the backcountry. Click here for a permit and take it with you

State Parks: Check with individual State Parks to confirm access and for additional information. 
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.

Closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve


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California Coastal Trail

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Re: California Coastal Trail

Postby jpdoelman on Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:38 am

In my opinion it looks like a great idea ! This trail will be fantastic! The long-haul "thru hikers" will love it!
One curious thing about the routing is the use of the black cone trail, that trail is way inland of the coast ridge. It seems like it would have been possible to route the trail along the coast ridge between the Pine Ridge trail and the Lost Valley cutoff trail. If you are squeamish of routing the trail thru private property along the coast ridge then you could create short bypasses to get around each of the private properties. There is no easement required for the FS land, though there may be an easment needed to go through private property. I count 4 private properties which would need to be bypassed,then the remainder of the north coast ridge road could be used without crossing any private land.

Re: California Coastal Trail

Postby VentanaLost on Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:03 pm

Very ambitious to include some of these trails like Black cone and Manuel trail. I'm pro-hiker and pro-trails for sure, but maybe it's just because i'm protective of our wilderness and I happen to live right by part of this proposed trail :D ; this makes me a bit nervous. I've through hiked the Pacific Crest trail and seen first hand the potential problems a popular long trail brings. If the California Coastal Trail is ever as popular as that trail, and it very well could be, it could bring thousands of hikers through each season. That's quite a bit of fire danger, human waste, trash, improvised campsites, etc. I'm definitely not trying to be that guy, cause the idea of this trail system seems pretty cool, it also seems risky

Re: California Coastal Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:52 am

Making a rough conversion from large-scale straight-line increments to with-actual-trail-wiggles, I estimate 12 new miles of "new trail" would need to be constructed inside the National Forest (with additional outside). Plus "restoration" of 4 miles of the Mt Manual Trail and 3 miles of "conversion" from use trail to real trail. The distance along Route 1 is 8-9 miles.

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Re: California Coastal Trail

Postby gene a on Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:13 pm

The trail is diverted onto a long stretch of Highway One between Willow Creek and Kirk Creek. Another option is to route the trail on the South Coast Ridge Road and Cone Peak road. The Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Council has the Coastal Trail on its agenda as item V Friday April 9th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The meeting can be attended as follows:

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Re: California Coastal Trail

Postby jack_glendening on Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:47 pm

Goes over Mt Mars!
Also new trail climbing up to San Martin Top
And more!

PS: a rough georeferenced GoogleEarth KMZ file (so you can put North at the top!) can be found at ... _GEmap.kmz
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California Coastal Trail

Postby jdoelman on Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:05 am

Check out this fascinating new trail !

Interesting choices:

- Black Cone trail part of the Coastal Trail
- Not showing the coast ridge road/trail on the maps
- Cool new trail over Skinner Ridge to Pico Boy Scout camp
- Revamping the Manuel trail
- Great new trail from Mt Carmel northward
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