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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Pine Ridge Trail

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Coon on Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:31 pm

Date Hiked: February 3, 2016
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

A friend and I departed around 10:30am from China Camp. Trail was covered in snow and had a lot of brush blown over the trail which was covered in snow. It made the first 2 miles difficult. There was a large downed tree right before divide that mad us hike off trail. Once we passed the divide the trail conditions got very severe. At times it was all most impassible with snow covered brush. We stopped at around 3pm just short of Pine Ridge camp due to fog rolling in and temps dropping below freezing and we were soaking wet.

Next day we hiked to Sykes... Trail conditions were fairly decent from that point on. We cleared most heavy brush along the way.

Sykes was great, not many people Thursday and Friday. pools were in good condition.

Note - Barlow was very muddy

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Fatpopi on Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:56 am

Date Hiked: February 10, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

I did 17 cuts on 12 downed trees. That was before nobles rine report. Thanks again noble for reporting,it was great meeting you and mike.
I left all the trees he is reporting,only removed obstruction to passage.
Figured crosscut would wanna have some fun too.
Also did 10 hours of trail work around terrece creek,both sides of trail before terrece up to ridge,and terrce creek trail up to spring before outlaw.
Pulled small bag of trash from sykes,but overall pretty clean.

There is huge bay down on the post creek overlook trsil,right before the overlook . completely blocking the trail

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Noble on Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Date Hiked: February 9, 2016
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Coming back to Big Sur Station from Sykes, there were several deadfalls. Between Sykes and Barlow Flat, there were seven downed trees obstructing the trial. Four of these could be skirted around, as they did not fall completely across the trail. The closest to Sykes was pretty high up, so we only had to duck a little, and probably only 25cm in diameter. Between Barlow and Logwood Creek there was one big downed tree, one burned tree that had rolled onto the left half of the trial, and a step/reinforcement that had fallen out of place coming down from the ridge. Between Logwood Creek and Terrace Creek, there were eight downed trees, up to 50cm in diameter, but two of these were very easy to step over. Between Terrace Creek and the turnoff for Ventana Camp, the trial was completely clear, and in very good shape. Between the Wilderness sign and the turnoff for Ventana Camp, there was one tree that was somewhat obstructing the trail at the washed-out stream crossing that has been repaired recently with a new switch back. Overall, the trial is extremely clear, and easy to navigate.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Fatpopi on Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:35 pm

Date Hiked: January 21, 2016
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hikednout today from Terrece creek,spent few days at terrece waiting out the rain,boy did it rain. I really expected problems ahain at the bad gulch washout,but was amazed to see no new issues.
I must say what flying brian Robinson has done to the pine ridge trail is mind boggling! Thank you so much brian!
Trails in amazing shape

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Fatpopi on Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:34 pm

Date Hiked: December 22, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Hiked from china home to big sur for the solstice. 3 inches of snow most of the firat 6 miles from china camp. 1 major tree requiring crosscut on trail before church creek divide.
Pine valley,pine ridge connector is full of thigh thick blow downs.
Another cross cut ne2ded just before sykes.
Fire restrictions still in effect,but I stoped asking people to put em out. 10 inches of rain,6 inches of snow.....water at pine ridge is flowing free.

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby fat popi on Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:19 am

Date Hiked: November 21, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Sykes to redwood is now clear of all the logs except one toward redwood. Still lots of work to do on this section as far as encroaching brush.
Went to pine ridge twice after the rangers cut the hot tube hose in to peices and stomped, destroyed a sacred drum left at sykes for less then 4 days(14 days is the rule for private property)mostly to pray for guidance, and to forgive those who have that much hate for me.
The trail up to pine ridge is slowly being lost between big sur trail junction and the top. Mostly manzanita growth,gonna be a real pain trimming that back.
After seeing my freinds drum and sleeping bag that was left to dry destroyed, my days of trail work, sykes clean up, general ambassadorship of the backcountry is over.
I have learned that this org relies on the narritive of sykes is crappy,partly to dissuade use"murky and luke warm" ect. And also I jow realize 7ts ur rally wagon for fundraising.
Anyway,seeing the anger directed at me,being used to clean up pine ridhe between sykes and redwood is rewarding. Lets keep it up,glad I lit a fire under someones ass for the lack of action on ur parts.
To restart a trash pile is the stupidest thing u cam do. Do what I did,bwg it in small bahs and leave a note,people will carry ot out. Trust me.
P.S. since we will never get reimbursement for destroyed items,can we at least get reimbursement for the trash bags we had to buy ourselves to make the cleanup happen?
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby rt1 on Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:00 pm

Date Hiked: November 8, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Section: China Camp to Church Creek Divide
The tread is in good condition and the trail is generally clear, except for 2 areas: the top of the first ridge coming out of China Camp, and the descent to the Divide. In these locations, there is a lot of encroaching brush that is over head high. It's easy to push through but can be frustrating.
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby Nico on Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:25 pm

Date Hiked: November 4, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

My destination was Sykes Hot Springs. I encountered some new blowdowns at least twice. Some of the other deadfall may have been there for awhile, as it seems they are just part of the trail. The overall condition of the trail was good. I did notice a clear plastic bag, and a grill covering some other garbage, that needed to be packed out. I also saw some human/dog excrement right on the trail...quite disappointing :roll: . Overall, a very beautiful place! :D
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Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby HoosierHiker on Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:13 pm

Date Hiked: October 28, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Big Sur Station to Sykes was clear and hiking was easy with plenty of water at the camps. Sykes to Redwood, the path was a little overgrown in sections and water was available at Redwood. Redwood to Pine Ridge Camp, trail is overgrown and a few sections of the trail have crumbled away. Passable, but I recommend gaiters and bringing lots of water. Camp was dry. Didn't make it past that point. Didn't see anyone past Sykes. Beautiful trail, I highly recommend it.

Re: Pine Ridge Trail

Postby fat popi on Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:29 pm

Date Hiked: October 22, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked out today,grabed the trash at terrece creek trail crossing. Bog black trash bag.
Trail inretty great shape,rain firmed up the tread and no dust now.

Met hiker on trail,chatted and he donated some food to me,thanks alot man!
Got a few bags carried out,trash pile is down to 4 big bags.

Some russians helped carry out the nearly 30lbs of trash that was left last week by the group from sacramento.
As always,thamks ro all who have helped me get this done. Cheers
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