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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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Ticks On Trail

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Re: Ticks On Trail

Postby GoneHikingGuest on Sat May 01, 2021 8:44 pm

A tick bite is the worst thing most likely to happen to you in the outdoors, Ventana included. Lyme Disease is a serious disease often not properly diagnosed and is just one disease you can get from ticks. Your number one step for any outdoor California experience should be tick bite prevention. You should be wearing permethrin treated clothing or treat your own clothing and use picardian on any exposed skin. I do believe that there is a company working on a vaccine for humans again (the first one was never marketed) which will be nice. This is a great resource: https://www.bayarealyme.org/
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Re: Ticks On Trail

Postby koosh on Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:45 pm

Hello,

We went on Pine Ridge Trail (to the outlook) with the dog today afternoon and all came back with ticks. A dozen or so on the doggo and a handful on me and the wife. We didn’t veer off the trail so be careful out there!
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Re: Ticks On Trail

Postby John Doe on Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:39 pm

Just thought I'd let y'all know that I went up a coastal fire road to a ridge overlooking the H20 a few days back. I was expecting to find ticks-a-plenty as per the other posts & SF article. I didn't find many on me or on my Pooch. The grass was very short for this time of year. Seemed like it was 6" high if that & walking thru it didn't snag me any of the little buggers. My dog was equally without ticks.

On a funny note, it was one of those gorgeous days where it was warm so I took my 50 degree bag. Around midnight a strong ENE wind picked up & it shot down to below 40. I froze my &^% off from that point on :lol: Still an awesome trip any time you can get out.

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Re: Ticks On Trail

Postby K Vandevere on Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:56 pm

I got swarmed by ticks on the Danish Creek trail a couple of weeks ago, but they seem to be bad there every year (and at every season). Crawling through brush off-trail and along the Rattlesnake Trail, on the other hand, I didn't find any. Tick "swarms" usually seem to be fairly localized. Run into one and you'll be convinced it's a terrible year for ticks, get lucky enough not to encounter a swarm and you'll wonder what all the fuss is about. Hitting a heavy concentration of ticks - since it reminds you to give yourself a thorough tick inspection - probably makes actually being bitten a little less likely than if you only encountered a few ticks on your hike and had your mind on other things.
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Re: Ticks On Trail

Postby ATT on Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:13 pm

I'd say a better title would be "2012 already *is* a bad year for ticks"

In my experience Feb-April is the peak of tick season and they're worse near open woodland-riparian boundaries and grassland areas. Not as bad in chaparral dominated areas such as Mt Manuel or VDC.

Words like "invasion" and "horror film" sounds a little exaggerated but indeed they seem more prevalent this year. Just a matter of just enough rain with not enough freezing nights to allow them to populate.
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Ticks On Trail

Postby vonSpifficus on Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:03 pm

Is it as bad right now as stienstra reports? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1N2BSH.DTL

Was looking at an overnight or two up mt Manuel or to the double cone, but constantly brushing ticks off has me thinking twice.
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