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Get local, up-to-date trail knowledge!  Trail and camp locations are incorrect on most maps of the Big Sur Ventana & Silver Peak wilderness areas.    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.  Plus current wilderness trail conditions.  Created by a Big Sur explorer, updated weekly from local reports. 

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      "Experience nature in the wild"         "The wild is still there, just off a trail"            "Find your own adventure"        

Wilderness hikers: 
Wilderness trails are not park-like walking trails !
Additional knowledge/preparation often required
A wilderness trail may not be signed or passable or followable  
Know the current trail conditions rating  
Average Forest Trail Conditions = 66%   [Pre2016Wildfire=74%: ]
The trails need YOU - do good while outdoors: 



 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Dec5  Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park now OPEN but Tassajara and Old Coast Roads are CLOSED
Dec2  Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park CLOSED: due to heavy rains and flooding
Oct31  Buckeye Trail trailwork: VWA trailcrews repaired north end to Alder Creek.
Sep10  Mill Wildfire closures end: Cone Peak Road and fire closure area are now open.

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Nov10  New blog post: Albino redwood dies in fire frown
Oct19  New wilderness backpack suggestion: Elk Camp - for adventurous solitude seekers
Latest forum post: 
Latest blog post: 

   CURRENT STATUS   
Level 1 fire restrictions:  Campfires & stoves allowed in backcountry  
National Forest closures:  three wilderness trails remain closed after 2016 wildfire (Sykes Camp access blocked) 
State Park closures:  many trails are officially closed  (but some are hikeable)  
Long-term Road closures:  Palo Colorado Road
Road closures block access to many northern trailheads:  Big Pines Trail, Carmel River Trail, Skinner Ridge Trail 


 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Dec5  Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park now OPEN but Tassajara and Old Coast Roads are CLOSED
Dec2  Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park CLOSED: due to heavy rains and flooding
Oct31  Buckeye Trail trailwork: VWA trailcrews repaired north end to Alder Creek.
Sep10  Mill Wildfire closures end: Cone Peak Road and fire closure area are now open.

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Nov10  New blog post: Albino redwood dies in fire frown
Oct19  New wilderness backpack suggestion: Elk Camp - for adventurous solitude seekers
Latest forum post: 
Latest blog post: 

   CURRENT STATUS   
Level 1 fire restrictions:  Campfires & stoves allowed in backcountry  
National Forest closures:  three wilderness trails remain closed after 2016 wildfire (Sykes Camp access blocked) 
State Park closures:  many trails are officially closed  (but some are hikeable)  
Long-term Road closures:  Palo Colorado Road
Road closures block access to many northern trailheads:  Big Pines Trail, Carmel River Trail, Skinner Ridge Trail 




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(those who have given time or data) 


(culled from other websites) 




(trails, camps, USGS names, etc - gives description and location map) 


(search for words in webpages) 


(Personal-use-only copyright - not to be promulgated to public source ala OpenStreetMap/GaiaCloud)


(USGS quads, wilderness areas, Soberanes wildfire area) 


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map

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[data updated: Dec 9 ]
View the interactive
Quadrangle Trailmap

USGS quadrangle map provides
context and terrain contours

[last update: Dec 9]
Download one-page-
printable Trailmap sections

Trails, camps, etc. on printable
PDF USGS quadrangle map

[last update: Nov 20]
Use the Trailmap in a
smartphone GPS app

Multiple options available,
depending upon the app
Download a Garmin-format
Trailmap for a GPS

Routable, so along-trail distance-
to-go can be viewed as you hike

[last update: Dec 2]
Download a PDF-format
Trailmap for a smartphone

For Avenza, can add
searchable "Features" layer

[last update: Nov 21]
Download a "Google
Earth
"
Trailmap for your PC

Saving this link to GE "My Places"
loads latest trailmap at GE start
Compute route metrics
between two locations 

Cool Grin   For mileage &
cumulative gain+loss

[last update: Dec 9]



(what icons & line colors show) 


(those who have given time or data) 


(culled from other websites) 




(trails, camps, USGS names, etc - gives description and location map) 


(search for words in webpages) 


(Personal-use-only copyright - not to be promulgated to public source ala OpenStreetMap/GaiaCloud)


(USGS quads, wilderness areas, Soberanes wildfire area) 


(Lat/Lon OR UTM OR Section/Township/Range) 






































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   Latest blog post: 
"Albino redwood dies in fire"




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