to find your own adventure.
the GPS or printed maps ...
and the route planning tools
Use the trail conditions map ...

Big Sur Ventana/SilverPeak Trailmap
with Camps, Water Sources, and Points of Interest
for wilderness explorers

Trail & camp locations on many maps of the Big Sur Ventana & Silver Peak Wilderness Areas are incorrect!  (USGS example) This Big Sur Trailmap provides accurate trail and camp locations based on local knowledge (GPS'd), plus locally-known "use trails", seasonal water sources, waterfalls, and other features in Big Sur state parks and wilderness areas.  Created by a Big Sur explorer, updated weekly from local reports. 

Wilderness hikers take note:
"Find your own adventure" "Experience nature in the wild" "The wild is still there, just off a trail"
  Wilderness trails are not park-like walking trails !
Additional knowledge/preparation often required !
A wilderness trail may not be signed or passable or followable   click
Trailmap line width ⇒ Wilderness trail usability   click

Jan.28:  Many "officially closed" state park trails are hikeable
Unofficial state park trail reports
(FYI: the 2016 Soberanes wildfire did not burn any Andrew Molera or Julia Pfieffer Burns SP trail
- yet only two trails on the inland side of Route 1 have been opened since 2016!)

Dec.5:  Trailmaps now depict closed trails/roads as black lines
Routings from "route metrics" webpage and Garmin-format files now ignore closed trails/roads

Nov.7:  The National Forest closure order has been modified
The NF is now open - BUT 3 NF trails affected by the Soberanes wildfire remain closed
and many State Park trails remain closed  (more info - last updated Nov 31)
Burned areas have potential hazards  (USFS trailhead sign)  (Burn area interactive map)

Road closures:  Route 1 closure creates southern coastal access difficulties
Closures on Palo Colorado Road & Old Coast Road prevent access to Bottchers Gap, Little Sur Trail, ...
 (more info - last updated Feb 20)

View the interactive wilderness trail conditions map 
Colors show trail conditions - can switch to "Trailmap" for details view

View the interactive "Gmap4" Quadrangle Trailmap  
USGS quadrangle map provides context and terrain contours

Download single-page-printable Trailmap sections 
Trails, camps, etc. on printable (geospatial PDF) USGS quadrangle map

Download a Trailmap link for your PC's "Google Earth" 
Saving this GE link to "My Places" loads latest trailmap at GE start

Download a Garmin-format Trailmap for your GPS 
Routable, so along-trail distances can be obtained as you hike

Use the Trailmap in a smartphone GPS app 
Multiple options available, depending upon the app

Cool Grin
  Compute route metrics between two locations  
with interactive map   For mileage & cumulative gain+loss      

Secondary Information:

Trailmap legend information (what the icons and line colors mean) 

Search Big Sur place names (trails, camps, etc - gives description and location map) 

Download GPX files for individual trails, camps, and water sources 
(Personal-use-only copyright - not to be promulgated to public source ala OpenStreetMap/GaiaCloud - abusers)

Display a specified location map  (Lat/Lon OR UTM OR Section/Township/Range) 

Create an interactive map webpage for your route or location 

Soberanes Wildfire information (burn and closure perimeter data) 

Trailmap user experiences  (culled from other websites)

Related Information:

Wilderness hiking basics 

Large printed maps for Big Sur 

Choosing a GPS for hiking 

Iconic places to visit in Big Sur wilderness areas 

Long backpacks in Big Sur wilderness areas 

Sykes Camp and Hot Spring info and maps 

Big Sur Map Collection (includes historical trail maps) 

Monterey County (not Big Sur) Map Collection 

The Big Sur - A Comprehensive Guide  

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce  

Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA)     

Big Sur Trails+Maps Blog  
Latest blog post:  Black Butte semi-bushwhack: views from the fifth-highest Ventana peak

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If you have something to contribute or find an error, please post to the Big Sur Trailmap Forum .  Trailmap additions or corrections will be credited. 

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