Weather, Road & Trail Conditions

CURRENT RULES, REGS, and CONDITIONS - updated May 25, 2022

Campfire Restrictions: Campfire restriction are in place effective Friday, May 27Campfires and smoking are prohibited at all backcountry camps in Los Padres National Forest. This includes the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas and dispersed (car) camping areas.  Stove use is currently allowed with a permit.  Note that despite its name this permit does not allow for campfire use. Only a stove during restrictions.  

Roads: It is wise to check Caltrans'  current Highway 1 conditions here before you drive the Big Sur coast. Closures may be put into effect at any time. You can also call a hotline at 800-427-7623It is also smart to check rural roads maintained by Monterey County. Check this link before planning a trip. 

Roads closed to vehicular traffic: Palo Colorado Road from the Hoist to Bottchers Gap, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from Nacimiento Campground to the coast, South Coast Ridge Road from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to the intersection with Prewitt Ridge Road, Cone Peak Road

Know before you go: Call the USDA 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. 

Weather

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 Caltrans Road Conditions Hotline: 1-800-427-7623

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

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