No Campfires!  Until further notice, 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 effective April 13, 2021. Please remember: No campfires!

Virtualy all trails and backcountry camps in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest are open. One exception is the Kirk Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Vicente Flat Camp. It will be closed until late July.  

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

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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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Mill Creek Trail

Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:35 pm

Date Hiked: June 8, 2021
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

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

Recent reports indicate the Mill Creek Trail took a severe beating during the winter rains and Dolan Fire. There are lots of brush, debris and small rocks across the trail. Once the trail reaches the creek, many sections have disappeared. The trail has not been scouted beyond this point.

A couple photos from the trail as it reaches the creek.
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End of known trail as it reaches Mill Creek.
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Stream View.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby annwride on Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:55 pm

Date Hiked: July 30, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked Mill Creek 7/30. Saw 8.people, most I have seen on this trail. Went off on a use trail to the left, past a TP made of sticks. If anyone could give me a hint where the old homestead is...
We checked out several use trails to no avail.
Clear trail, a few down trees. Not much poison oak, relatively speaking.
Some trash, not bad.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby Steve B on Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:23 am

Date Hiked: April 1, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

The trail is in fairly good condition but could use some brushing and in a few places the trail makes some sharp turns due to brush or down trees that has caused to trail to go off track. There are a few trees across the trail but only a couple trees are difficult to get around. The trail up to the homestead is in very poor condition, covered with invasive Genista and is likely to disappear without some clearing, it is still possible to find the use trail to the homestead but the trail is very faint. The Homestead site is beautiful and the citrus trees are full of fruit.
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Lemon Tree at the old Homestead
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby Hoser on Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:33 am

Date Hiked: November 23, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

This trail is quite popular and the tread is well defined. As one goes further up the trail, it becomes a rock scramble. I did not go to the homestead site, but made it to the stream crossing. There were no dead falls at the time of this writing. I found it interesting to see logging cuts in the center of redwood bundles. I also found cables that were used to move the cut logs. There was plenty of water flowing.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby gfelsman on Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:49 pm

Date Hiked: November 7, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Today USFS/VWA Volunteer Rangers patrolled the Mill Creek Trail. As in the previous report, the trail is basically clear with encroaching brush to the large flat area along the creek. The tread is in fair shape. The trail continues beyond the camp a short distance before it ends in a creek bed which was one the old trail. The trail now a rock scramble up the creek, then there is some thick brush to contend with. Reaching the old homesite past the camp is much more difficult now.

There are two downed trees across the trail which are easy to navigate. Water is flowing nicely.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:14 pm

Date Hiked: October 11, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

From a friend:

The trail is open from NF road to the large camping area at end of trail (approx. 2 mi.). A number of downed trees have been cleared of the trail. Trees that could not be moved off the trail have been "notched" for easy step on/over. Poison oak has been cut back. Water level is low and all 4 stream crossings can be done without getting your feet wet. No ticks sighted.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail - Reopened

Postby gfelsman on Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:57 pm

Date Hiked: August 14, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Mill Creek Trail has re-opened. Cone Peak Road remains closed.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail Closed

Postby gfelsman on Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:41 am

Date Hiked: August 4, 2019
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Mill Trail is closed until the Mill Fire is declared out or until the USFS deems the area safe to enter again.

See Link Above.
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Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby fjkehl2 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:21 pm

Date Hiked: April 2, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

We hiked up the Mill Creek Trail from the signed trailhead along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. The trail is currently clear and very easy to follow up to the first crossing of Mill Creek, which is where we turned around. There's a lot of poison oak along both sides of the trail, but it's easy to avoid. Water levels are running high, and both Lion Creek and Mill Creek are wet fords at the moment. My son managed to find a small (2") scorpion under a rock - a first for us. We didn't find any ticks, although I'm sure they're out there. All in all, a very nice hike.

Re: Mill Creek Trail

Postby trail_guy on Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:28 am

Date Hiked: June 30, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Trail is mostly clear of poison oak but it is growing back so watch your step. Ticks are present on the sunny parts of the trail. No washouts. Debris from a number of downed trees has been cleared. Water available all along Mill Creek.


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