to find your own adventure.
the print/PDF/Garmin maps ...
the route planning tools ...
the trail conditions map ...
Use the interactive map ...

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

Trail & camp locations are incorrect on many maps of the Big Sur Ventana & Silver Peak wilderness areas!  (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" "The wild is there, just off a trail" "Experience nature in the wild"
  Wilderness trails are not park-like walking trails !
Additional knowledge/preparation often required !
A wilderness trail may not be signed or passable or even followable   click
Check the current trail conditions rating   click
Average Forest Trail Conditions = 67%   [100%=all"Clear", Pre2016Wildfire=74%: history]

The following "news" items remain applicable
(newest first)

July 18:  Route 1 is open along the entire Big Sur coast  (following repair of post-Soberanes-wildfire "Pfeiffer Canyon" and "Mud Creek" closures)
Road closures:  road closures create trail access difficulties
Closures on Palo Colorado Road & Old Coast Road prevent access to Bottchers Gap, Little Sur Trail, ...
 (more info - last updated July 18)

Fire restrictions
Level 3 Fire Restrictions are in effect:  no campfires in the backcountry
stoves allowed with California Campfire Permit (available at Big Sur Station or on-line)

Many "officially closed" state park trails are hikeable
Official list of closed Big Sur State Park trails
Unofficial state park "closed trail" reports
(FYI: the 2016 Soberanes wildfire did not burn any Julia Pfieffer Burns SP trail
- but only one of its 4 trails on the inland side of Route 1 has been opened)

Note:  East Molera and Mount Manuel Trails are open, providing wilderness access from Andrew Molera and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Parks

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

The National Forest closure order has been modified
13 months after the Soberanes wildfire closure order, the NF has now been opened
BUT 3 affected NF trails 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)

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

View the interactive Quadrangle Trailmap  
USGS quadrangle map provides context and terrain contours
(why Gmap4 quadrangle maps can no longer be utilized)

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

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

Download a Garmin-format Trailmap for your GPS 
Routable, so along-trail distance-to-go can be viewed as you hike

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

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

Other Tools

  Site search page 

Search Big Sur place names (trails, camps, USGS names, 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 - abuser list)

Download GoogleEarth overlays  (USGS quads, wilderness areas, Soberanes wildfire area) 

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

Create an interactive map webpage for your route or location 

Related Trailmap Info

Trailmap legend (what the icons and line colors mean) 

Trailmap user experiences/testimonials  (culled from other websites) 

Big Sur Wilderness Hiking Info

Hiking basics for Big Sur wilderness areas 

Iconic places to visit in Big Sur wilderness areas 

Long backpacks in Big Sur wilderness areas 

Large printed maps for Big Sur 

Choosing a GPS for hiking 

Sykes Camp and Hot Spring info and maps 

Big Sur Trails+Maps Blog  
Latest blog post:  State of the trails - trailcrew vs nature

Other Big Sur Info

Soberanes Wildfire information (burn and closure perimeter data) 

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)     

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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