Big Sur Closures
Post-fire repercussions of the 2016 Soberanes wildfire
Updated: 9 August 2018
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 by erosion from the heavy 2016-2017 winter rains.)
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
Mill Creek Preserve is closed
Official list of closed Big Sur State Park trails
Andrew Molera State Park
Beach, Hidden, River, Twin Cottonwoods, and Headlands Trails are closed. The campground is closed.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pine Ridge, Pfeiffer Falls, Post Creek, and Oak Grove Trails are closed.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Ewoldsen, Waters, Tan Bark, and Tin House Fireroad Trails are closed.
Although many state park trails are indeed closed due to hazardous or impassable trail conditions (for example the near-river trails at Andrew Molera State Park, where overflow from
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.
Unofficial state park "closed trail" reports
Palo Colorado Road
Closure between MileMarkers 3.0-3.5 (before
Long Ridge Road) prevents vehicle and pedestrian access to Bottchers Gap, western end of Skinner Ridge Trail, and Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.