Weather, Road & Trail Conditions

CURRENT RULES, REGS, and CONDITIONS - updated November 14, 2021

Even with recent rains, fire restrictions remain in place. No campfires until further notice.  Stoves are OK.  

The use of a gas stove is permitted with a valid permit. You can secure a permit here. This permit does NOT allow for campfire use at this time. 

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

Know before you go: Call the U. S. Forest Service, Monterey Ranger District office if you need more information at 831-385-5434. 

State Parks: Check with individual State Parks to confirm access and for additional information. 


weatherYou'll find here a number of links to some pretty informative internet weather sites relevant to the northern Santa Lucia backcounty traveler. They should be helpful in determining what the weather's going to do while you're out there. But regardless of what these folks say, it's always smart to prepare for the worst.

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Local and Regional weather conditions and forecasts:

Real-time streamflow rates for regional rivers for the previous 31 days in graph format, courtesy of the USGS:

The California big picture courtesy of NOAA satellite imagery. 


Road Conditions

road conditionsUse these links and phone numbers to get the most recent road conditions:

Caltrans Road Conditions website

Toll-free Big Sur Road Conditions Hotline: (888) 836-0866 

Monterey County Public Works  

Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District: (831) 385-5434 

Fort Hunter Liggett: (831) 386-2513 or (831) 386-2530 


Trail Conditions

trail conditionsCheck the VWA Trail Conditions Reports and feel free to ask questions in our Ventana Discussion Forum

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