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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated April 26, 2021

Highway One is Open. The washout at Rat Creek has been repaired and the highway is open throughout Big Sur. 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 of 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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Villa Creek loop

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Re: Villa Creek loop

Postby VWA_Ranger on Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:48 pm

The roads maybe be ok but they are closed to the general public and with the winter rains of January 2021, non one we no of has assesed their conditions. They are most likely hikeable. The Trail from Villa Creek to Alder Camp was fixed a couple years ago. But may be brushy now. PO will be present once you get past Alder Creek for about a mile. Again we nor anyone else we know of has been there to give us a good report. The Cruickshank Trail is definitely passable bottom to top. Last report indicated it was in fair to good shape.

Hope this helps. If you do go post a trip report.
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Villa Creek loop

Postby Jpulley on Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:03 pm

Hello! I was curious if anyone has been to Alder Creek camp in the last few years. I am wanting to do a backpacking loop using the Cruikshank TH, Buckeye Trail, forest roads (my main point of consideration for this potential trip), SCRR, and Cruikshank TH eastern end back to origin. I am curious on the status of what appears to be a multitude of forest roads in the area, knowing one road is the main access and thus the correct way. However, the other roads on maps indicate a quicker means of going from Alder Creek camp to SCRR which would be preferable, however I want to gauge knowledge of the region and any advice! Thank you very much.
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