Big Sur Closures
Post-fire repercussions of the 2016 Soberanes wildfire
Updated: 31 November 2017
The closed trails/roads listed below are depicted in black on the interactive Trail Conditions map
USFS closure order
USFS closure map
Pine Ridge Trail is closed from its western end to its intersection with Big Sur Trail (as are all camps along that section
Terrace Creek Trail and Ventana Camp Trail are closed.
(The primary problem is the Pine Ridge Trail, which has had several sections
gouged out from the hillside due to erosion by the heavy 2016-2017 winter rains.)
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
Mill Creek Preserve is closed
Andrew Molera State Park
All trails are closed except
Creamery Meadow Trail , Bluffs Trail, Ridge Trail, Panorama Trail, Spring Trail, and Bobcat Trail.
Specifically, the closed trails include East Molera Trail, Headlands Trail; the campground is closed.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pine Ridge Trail, Mt. Manuel Trail, Pfeiffer Falls Trail, Gorge Trail, Post Creek Trail, and Oak Grove Trail are closed
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Canyon Falls Trail, Ewoldsen Trail, Waters Trail, Tan Bark Trail, and Tin House Fireroad are closed
Note: Although many state park trails are indeed closed due to hazardous or impassable trail conditions (for example at Andrew Molera State Park, where movement of
the Big Sur River has caused extensive trail damage), I've been getting reports
that many "closed" state park trails are very hikeable and so seem closed only for bureaucratic reasons.
Closures at Gorda & Salmon Creek limit southern access.
The closures are expected to end in summer of 2018 (after a new road is built over Mud Creek landslide)
Caltrans Route 1 conditions
Interactive map of Route 1 closures
Closure on northern end forces access via Tassajara Road to Los Padres Dam and northern end of Carmel River Trail.
The closure is expected to last until February 2018.
Palo Colorado Road
Closures between MileMarkers 3.0-3.5 (before
Long Ridge Road) and pedestrian-blocking security gate just beyond Long Ridge Road prevent access to Bottchers Gap, western end of Skinner Ridge Trail, and Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.
The closure may last 2 or more years.
Old Coast Road
Closures at MileMarkers 1.7 & 9.8 prevent access to western end of Litte Sur Trail.