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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated January 22, 2021

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest has re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In and around the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open.

The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp remains closed.

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are also open. Most back roads (including Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge roads) remain gated and closed.

This map depicts the closure boundary. Still 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, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions, pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper), and leave this special place better than you found it.

State Parks

The following are 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 (go online or call to find out if the park's campgrounds are open) 

The following remain closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Limekiln State Park 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (additional US Forest Service information for the Monterey Ranger District): Please note that the information above is oftentimes more up-to-date than the US Forest Service site. Call 831-385-5434 with questions. 

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Pine Ridge Trail

Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:10 am

Date Hiked: November 29, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers went back to the Upper Pine Ridge Trail to clear the two logs reported by other Rangers two days earlier near China Camp. They removed the two trees and did some brushing along the trail.

Trail conditions are as follows:


China Camp to Carmel River Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush.

Carmel River Jct. to Divide Camp - Passable is passable with heavy encroaching brush is places.

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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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Setting up to cut a log across the trail.
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Re: Upper Pine Ridge Trail

Postby VWA_Ranger on Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:13 pm

Date Hiked: November 27, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, VWA/USFS Volunteer Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer Rangers patrolled from China Camp to Divide Camp. They swamped 3 downed trees (2 across the trail, one alongside) and removed an inappropriate fire ring, all near the first saddle about 0.7 miles from trail head. Spot brushing was done along the rest of route. Maintained 2 fire rings at Divide Camp. Spring water is available at Divide camp (estimated flow = 1 liter / min).

Trail conditions are as follows:


China Camp to Carmel River Jct. - Clear with encroaching brush and two downed trees across the trail.

Carmel River Jct. to Divide Camp - Passable is passable with heavy encroaching brush is places.

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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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12" inch log across the trail. Easily stepped over.
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15" Log across that was swamped by the VWA Rangers.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby gfelsman on Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:27 am

Date Hiked: October 21, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

*** Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger/Trail Crew Report ***
Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22
Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

Description:

With the Monterey Ranger District Forest still closed, Volunteer VWA/USFS Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today volunteer VWA/USFS Rangers carried in a new Wilderness Boundary Sign and a 4x6 post two miles up the Lower Pine Ridge Trail.

They removed the old sign and installed the new one.

Note: the lower Pine Ridge Trail is still closed to the general public.

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DISCLAIMER: This report is for informational purposes only. Trail conditions may change at any time. It is up to the user to find the latest information and be responsible for their safety.
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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Taking a break.
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The Wilderness Sign Installed
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby gfelsman on Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:58 pm

Date Hiked: October 17, 2020
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

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

Forest/Trail Status: CLOSED, Los Padres Monterey Ranger District is closed per Forest Order 05-07-51-20-22

Current Fire Restrictions: No Campfires, No Stoves in backcountry. Cold Camping Only.

With the Monterey District Ranger Forest still closed Volunteer VWA/USFS Rangers continue to prepare for its reopening. Today they repaired the Wilderness Boundary Sign at the upper end of the Pine Ridge Trail.

As always do your part to protect your Forest. Leave a place nicer than you found it. Pack out all your belongings and trash.

For more information about the Volunteer VWA/USFS Ranger Program and the VWA visit http://www.ventanawild.org.

For the latest updated information, be sure to check the Los Padres National Forest Website.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf/
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby AaronP on Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:32 pm

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

Hiked from Tassajara Rd to Pine Falls before the closure order was in affect. We could see from the top of the first ridge that the Dolan fire had jumped over Marble Peak and into the Lost Valley Area. The trail from the road to the top of the ridge is starting to encroach into the trail but from there down to Jacks Cabin was fairly clear. At Jack's cabin we noticed something had broken into Jack's shed there and strewn miscellaneous tools, cans of oil, MREs, and rags about just behind the cabin. The culprit was obvious after we noticed evidence of bear scats and claw marks on the shed itself. It's going to be quiet the job cleaning all of this up and fixing the shed.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Snatchcutterz on Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:34 am

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

China to the divide is clear wilderness freeway. Divide camp to pine ridge camp is a little brushy with a few developing snatches. Pine ridge to redwood is mostly clear till the lower section right above redwood. The trail still has a few nasty old snatches on it but its mostly clear, tread is pretty washed out and still needs work. The trail is almost back to passible/ freeway.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Guest on Sun May 31, 2020 2:30 pm

Date Hiked: May 18, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked 11 miles to Redwood Camp
China Camp to Church Creek is a wilderness highway
Church Creek to Pine Ridge Camp is passable. It's fairly overgrown and there are some deadfalls.
Pine Ridge Camp to Redwood Camp is quite overgrown. There's some tread but it can be difficult to follow. Also a couple of washouts that are mildly treacherous. Passable but difficult.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail May 16/17

Postby taylorg353 on Wed May 20, 2020 1:42 pm

Captain George wrote:Date Hiked: May 16, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Short weekender into Pine Valley from China Camp trail head. The trail is in good shape for most of first 3.5 miles to Church Creek Trail Junction, however there is some overgrowth on the trail, particularly near the top of the ridge. Trail down into the valley is well traveled however it is becoming moderately to heavily overgrown with brush. The trail down to Pine Falls is even more overgrown, with substantial fallen trees but is still passable. Jack's cabin is still lookin' good.


Hey Captain George, what was the water situation at Pine Valley? Was the river flowing, or did you have to go to the spring?
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail May 16/17

Postby Captain George on Mon May 18, 2020 9:58 pm

Date Hiked: May 16, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Short weekender into Pine Valley from China Camp trail head. The trail is in good shape for most of first 3.5 miles to Church Creek Trail Junction, however there is some overgrowth on the trail, particularly near the top of the ridge. Trail down into the valley is well traveled however it is becoming moderately to heavily overgrown with brush [Ed. Note- this is the Carmel River Trail). The trail down to Pine Falls is even more overgrown, with substantial fallen trees but is still passable [Ed. Note- This is a use trail, there is no trail to the falls].
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby jfelts on Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:20 pm

Date Hiked: January 7, 2020
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Church Creek Divide to Pine Ridge Saddle and to Campsite.

Evident erosion on a burned creek drainage before divide camp. Tread still momentarily in tact.

Counted 13 downed trees before Bear Basin Jct. A mix of oak, manzanita, mostly charr. Brush is non issue for most this section, with little issue. Didn’t seem to burn as much on this shaded, often moist N facing slope.

A section of widow makers starts right before saddle that starts the Tassajara creek drainage to the S.
I counted around 6 downed trees before the saddle. Brush was a non issue. Most severely burned portion of the trail.

The section from the saddle downhill to Pine Ridge Camp is looking solid. With the only down trees right before the camp, deadfall maybe 1ft width.

Spring and creek across from camp had a very strong flow.
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Downed tree just before Pine Ridge Camp
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