Ventana Wilderness Trails

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. 

santa-lucia-trailEmbarking from near Memorial Park with the summit at the upper right

 

Note: Southern trailhead is located at a short, unpaved spur just southeast of the junction of the paved Milpitas Road and unpaved Indians Road at Santa Lucia Memorial Campground.

  • USFS Trail: #5E03
  • Parking: Santa Lucia Memorial Park, Arroyo Seco Gorge parking lot at Arroyo Seco Campground
  • Cost: Parking Fee
  • Watershed: Arroyo Seco River, San Antonio River
  • Junctions: Santa Lucia Peak Trail, Santa Lucia Connector, Camp Cawatre Trail
  • Connects: The Indians with Arroyo Seco Campground
  • Camps: Last Chance Camp
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