Big Sur Closures
Post-fire repercussions of the 2016 Soberanes wildfire
Updated: 5 May 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 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
East Molera Trail, Creamery Meadow Trail , Bluffs Trail, Ridge Trail, Panorama Trail, Spring Trail, and Bobcat Trail.
Specifically, the closed trails includes the Headlands Trail; the campground is closed.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pine Ridge 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 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.
Closures at Gorda & Salmon Creek limit southern access.
The closure is expected to end in September 2018 (after a new road is built over Mud Creek landslide)
Caltrans Route 1 conditions
Interactive map of Route 1 closures
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.
The closure is expected to last until at least Nov. 1, 2018.
Old Coast Road
Closures at MileMarkers 1.7 & 9.8 prevent access to western end of Litte Sur Trail.