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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 late April, 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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Arroyo Seco Trail

Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:42 pm

Date Hiked: March 19, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Description:
The Monterey Ranger District Forest has not reopened the Dolan Fire area, however VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers have been allowed access to survey burned areas. Over the past several weeks, volunteer Rangers and Trailcrew members patrolled and worked on the Arroyo Seco Trail from the trailhead to NCRT. They cleared 36 trees, removed two large boulders, worked on 410 yards of tread and brushed many sections of the trail all the way to Madrone Camp.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Arroyo Seco Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

Arroyo Seco Trailhead to Rodeo Flat Trail jct. - Passable. The trail has been severely burned. The crossing at Arroyo Seco River can be rock hopped at this time with care.
Rodeo Flat Trail jct. to Madrone Camp - Passable. Most of the trees have been removed. There are still 3 downed tress on the last 1/2 mile to Madrone Camp. Lots of burned brush. No report on Madrone Camp or Forks Camp at this time.
Madrone Camp to NCRT - Difficult. Lots of burned brush, downed trees and snags to navigate to the NCRT. The sign at NCRT has been damaged but is intact.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:23 pm

Date Hiked: March 7, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

The Arroyo Seco Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

Description:

VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to work on trails burned in the Dolan Fire. Today volunteer Rangers worked on the first 1.4 miles of trail. They removed 10 trees and repaired a sketchy section of trail reported on an earlier report.
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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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Needs tread 1.jpg
Needs Tread.
Tread done 1.jpg
Repaired Tread.
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Trees across Trail
After 1.jpg
Cleared Trail.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby USFShandcrew on Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:54 pm

Date Hiked: March 7, 2021
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

If hiking Arroyo Seco Trail, would recommend, sturdy pants, heavy long sleeve shirt, full brim hat and a good pair of gloves to comfortably traverse. Would also recommend carrying a pair of heavy pruning loppers to cut back fire kill. We found a pruning saw left on Saturday (along with its sheath).
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:55 pm

Date Hiked: March 5, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers continued their scouting of the Arroyo Seco Trail. This time they made it to North Coast Ridge Trail. There are many downed trees (40+), recalcitrant burned brush, rocky debris, covered tread and other obstacles. There are no major washouts or undercuts. The sign at Trailhead and Rodeo Flats Jct. was burned in the fire.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Arroyo Seco Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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2021-03-05 Arroyo Seco Trail Survey Photos (005).jpg
Burned Trail.
2021-03-05 Arroyo Seco Trail Survey Photos (007).jpg
At the summit.
2021-03-05 Arroyo Seco Trail Survey Photos (004).jpg
Heavy brush and downed trees.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:13 am

Date Hiked: February 28, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

*** VWA/USFS Volunteer Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***

Forest/Trail Status: PARTIALLY OPEN, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is partially open per Forest Order 05-07-51-21-02
Current Fire Restrictions: Campfires and Stoves are permitted in the backcountry with a valid Campfire/Stove Permit.

Description:

The Monterey Ranger District Forest has partially reopened, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare opening other parts of the closed forest and are continuing their regular patrols. Today volunteer Rangers were scouting the Arroyo Seco Trail after the winter storms and Dolan Fire. They made it 1.4 miles before turning around. The encountered lots of rocks in the trail, downed trees, encroaching brush and a section of trail the was either washed away or covered in a land slide.

Trail conditions are as follows:


The Arroyo Seco Trail remains closed to the general public at this time. Only authorized personnel with the approval of the USFS are allowed to access this trail corridor.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. The Ventana Wilderness Alliance assumes no liability for the use of this information.
The Los Padres National Forest Website can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
To learn more about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger and Trail Crew Programs visit https://www.ventanawild.org/stewardship.
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2021-02-28 Trailhead Sign.jpg
Burned trailhead sign.
2021-02-28 Oaks across Trail.jpg
Oaks across Trail.
2021-02-28 Trail missing.jpg
Missing section of trail.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby Rob on Tue May 26, 2020 1:00 pm

Date Hiked: May 23, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from the Rodeo Flat junction back to the trailhead. Mostly pretty clear, except for some brush in places, but not enough to warrant a "passable" rating IMO. I skipped about a quarter mile to explore the river, but rejoined the trail at the last crossing, which looked tame.

Biting flies were out, heard a rattlesnake in the brush. Some wildflowers still in bloom.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby lancesimms on Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:22 pm

Date Hiked: April 10, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked up to Rodeo Flat from Memorial Park Campground. Pictures can be found here:

https://lancesimms.com/Hikes/ArroyoSeco ... ngGPS.html

The trail from Memorial Park Campground to Forks Campsite was in decent shape, but there is a substantial amount of growth to push out of the way. The poison oak is avoidable for the most part. The crossing of the Arroyo Seco involved waist-deep water with a fairly strong current.

The river crossing just after Forks is also not trivial due to waist deep water. We were originally planning to stay at Madrone and then hike up to Cone Peak, but after meeting a young fellow at Forks who had just come that way, we decided to change our plan. He said the trail from Forks to Madrone was pretty bad, and going up to Cone Peak it was totally overgrown (he wasn't all that scratched up, though, so I think it's definitely doable if you don't mind bushwhacking).

We decided instead to camp at Forks and then go up to Rodeo Flat. The trail up to Rodeo Flat wasn't bad at all. Just some low-lying brush to avoid and plenty of erosion. The view from up there is absolutely gorgeous.

We did come across a huge rattlesnake on the trail and enough ticks to fill an olive jar. Plenty of stuff to watch out for on the trail. The flies and mosquitoes weren't all that bad. Only a handful of bites to itch.
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby Matt G on Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:24 pm

Date Hiked: April 4, 2020
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

Hiked Arroyo Seco trail from Memorial Park to Rodeo Flat. Trail is very well maintained and clear but there is a fair bit of poison oak to dodge. it's currently totally avoidable, due to tiny buds, but in a couple months it may be hard to navigate once it has leafed out
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby runcyclegirl on Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:29 pm

Date Hiked: February 15, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The trail to Forks Camp is passable. There is encroaching brush and a couple of trees down that are easy to step over but the tread is clear and easy to follow.
ceanothus tunnel.jpg
Ceanothus tunnel with visible tread.

At approximately 1.25 miles, two large boulders (or one broken into two) is obstructing the trail requiring hikers to squeeze through on the up slope side of the trail.

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Rock obstruction in trail. McLeod tool in photo for scale

Creek is rock hop-able for the longer legged.

Join the VWA for a day trip to remove the rocks and clear brush. You can join the crew on Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/Ventana-Wilderne ... 268902331/
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Re: Arroyo Seco Trail

Postby seagoat1724 on Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:53 pm

Date Hiked: October 9, 2018
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

[Ed. Note: date hiked October 9, 2018; please review more recent reports for this trail.]

"Between North Coast Ridge Trail and Arroyo Seco - Indians Road
Trail is good and mostly clear between North Coast Ridge Trail and Forks Camp with some overhead high brush not interwoven yet but some brush walking. Wilderness freeway between Forks camp and the Indians Road.
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