Ventana Wilderness Trails

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated December 7, 2020

Despite the closure of public lands, many Big Sur businesses (including private campgrounds) are open for business. Call the business you wish to visit ahead of travel for hours of operation. 

As of 12/07/2020, Highway 1 is open along the Big Sur coast. 

Most other roads in the region are closed.   

US Forest Service Managed Lands - The US Forest Service continues to maintain a closure of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas. Trails and backcountry camps are closed. Effectively, the entire Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest is closed.  Click here for the Forest Closure Order dated 10/09/2020.  This link includes a Forest Closure Map.  Call the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest for more information: 831-385-5434.  

Fines for entering closed areas can be up to $10,000.  

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 Hisoric 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. 

pine-ridge-trailLupines enhance the view towards the Church Creek drainage

 

Note: The trail and camps along the western section from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp (including Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat and Sykes camps) are CLOSED. The eastern (or upper) section accessed by Tassajara Road is open.

  • USFS Trail: #3E06
  • Parking: Big Sur Station, Tassajara Road
  • Cost: Parking Fee
  • Watershed: Arroyo Seco River, Big Sur River, Carmel River
  • Junctions: Church Creek Trail, Carmel River Trail, Bear Basin Connector, Bear Basin Trail, Black Cone Trail, Big Sur Trail, Terrace Creek Trail, Ventana Camp Trail
  • Connects: China Camp with Big Sur Station
  • Camps: Divide Camp, Pine Ridge Camp, Redwood Camp, Sykes Camp, Barlow Flat Camp, Terrace Creek Camp
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