Breaking news: Once again there is a wildfire in the Ventana Wilderness. See the InciWeb link below for information, announcements, and road closures regarding the Willow Fire. Tassjara Road is closed at Carmel Valley Road. Arroyo Seco Road is closed at Carmel Valley Road. Evacuations orders and warnings are in place.

Please people. No Campfires! Violations will result in fines and/or prison time. CAMPFIRES are NOT permitted at backcountry camps in the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. 

Highway One is Open. 

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is Closed -- This 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. Remember ... NO campfires!

For now, most trails and backcountry camps in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest are open. That could change in a hurry with the new Willow Fire. The Kirk Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Vicente Flat Camp will be closed until late July. But then again, the whole Monterey District of Los Padres National Forest could be closed if the Wilow Fire gets out of hand.  

Roads closed to vehicular traffic: Arroyo Seco Road at Carmel Valley Road, Tassajara Road at Carmel Valley Road, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, South Coast Ridge Road to Prewitt Ridge, Cone Peak Road, Arroyo Seco - Indians Road from Memorial Park to Escondido Camp

Know Before You Go: Please enjoy your public lands responsibly. Pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper). Leave this special place better than you found it. Call the U. S. Forest Service, Monterey Ranger District office if you need more information: 831-385-5434.  

Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires are not permited. A permit is required for stove use. 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), Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Closed: John Little State Natural Reserve

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Water sources Boronda Trail / Cold Springs Camp

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Re: Water sources Boronda Trail / Cold Springs Camp

Postby Sillyman56 on Thu May 20, 2021 11:38 pm

As of 5/9/21, the Lafler canyon water source was flowing well, and as Betsy said the faucet at Cold Springs camp was working fine. At the Logwood Creek crossing just after Cold Springs camp, there was water in the creek but it was quite low and not flowing very much.
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Re: Water sources Boronda Trail / Cold Springs Camp

Postby Betsy M on Tue May 11, 2021 7:32 pm

The water at Cold Spring is functional. The faucet is not up on the flat at the base of the tank, it is on the pipe to the right as you are standing on the road, facing the tank. See photos showing the location of the faucet.
Cold Spring Tank with Faucet Location.jpg
Faucet with Water.jpg
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Re: Water sources Boronda Trail / Cold Springs Camp

Postby BP22 on Fri May 07, 2021 3:10 pm

I checked the Lafler Canyon source in February and there was water, I imagine it still would be through May. The Cold Springs tank has no water, I think it had a leak or something, but it should be considered unreliable. About 100 yards down the Big Sur Trail from cold springs camp is Logwood Creek and that was flowing nicely in February and I imagine it's still good for water at this point. Sorry for no current info
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Water sources Boronda Trail / Cold Springs Camp

Postby Sillyman56 on Thu May 06, 2021 4:22 pm

I’ve never been up this way before and was planning on hiking it. Is that spot on the trail map at Lafler Canyon creek/Pumphouse Usecamp a reliable source of water on the Boronda trail right now? And is it relatively easy to get to from the trail?

Also, is the tank at Cold Springs camp currently a reliable water source as well? Thanks!
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