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to find your own adventure.
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to find your own adventure
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Get local, up-to-date trail knowledge!  Trail and camp locations can be incorrect on online 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 and state park trail conditions.  Created by a Big Sur explorer, updated weekly from local reports. 

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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 = 48%   [Pre2016Wildfire=74%]  
The trails need YOU - do good while outdoors: 



   CURRENT STATUS   
Level 1 fire restrictions:  Campfires & stoves allowed in backcountry  
National Forest closures:  Dolan Fire closure area (map)
State Park closures:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns (except Partington Cove and McWay Falls Overlook Trails) and Limekiln (except for beach)
Long-term Road closures:  Route 1 at Rat Creek
Palo Colorado Road
Tassajara Road (soft closure)
Wildfire Road closures:  Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, Milpitas Road, Los Burros Road, South Coast Ridge Road

 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Apr13  Pine Ridge Trail FULLY OPEN: with two re-routes on western section
Apr2  Limekiln State Park OPEN: for camping only
Feb19  USFS Campgrounds OPEN: Kirk Creek and Plaskett Creek Campgrounds
Feb5  Road opening: Old Coast Road
Feb4  USFS opening: Arroyo Seco Rec Area Campground
Feb3  USFS "temporary" closures: Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use Areas.  All USFS Campgrounds.
Feb2  Tassajara Road: USFS reports difficult vehicle access beyond White Oaks Campground
Feb2  Route 1 closure shrinks: now from Burns Creek (North) to Los Burros Road (South)
Feb1  Fire Restrictions Lifted: Campfires & stoves allowed
Jan31  Route 1 closure: Current North closure at Anderson Creek (personal obs.)
Jan30  Storm-related Closures: Arroyo Sec Rec Area closed (USFS webpage info incorrect) and likely unknown others
Jan28  Storm-related Road Closures: Multiple closures, notably Route 1 washed out at Rat Creek [map]
Jan27  Road Closure: Currently many storm-related closures Route 1 washed away at Rat Creek and possibly closed for indefinite period (Montery County Road info)
Jan 22  National Forest now partially OPEN: excludes Dolan Post-fire Closure [map]

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Latest blog post: 
Latest forum post: 


   CURRENT STATUS   
Level 1 fire restrictions:  Campfires & stoves allowed in backcountry  
National Forest closures:  Dolan Fire closure area (map)
State Park closures:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns (except Partington Cove and McWay Falls Overlook Trails) and Limekiln (except for beach)
Long-term Road closures:  Route 1 at Rat Creek
Palo Colorado Road
Tassajara Road (soft closure)
Wildfire Road closures:  Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, Milpitas Road, Los Burros Road, South Coast Ridge Road

 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Apr13  Pine Ridge Trail FULLY OPEN: with two re-routes on western section
Apr2  Limekiln State Park OPEN: for camping only
Feb19  USFS Campgrounds OPEN: Kirk Creek and Plaskett Creek Campgrounds
Feb5  Road opening: Old Coast Road
Feb4  USFS opening: Arroyo Seco Rec Area Campground
Feb3  USFS "temporary" closures: Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use Areas.  All USFS Campgrounds.
Feb2  Tassajara Road: USFS reports difficult vehicle access beyond White Oaks Campground
Feb2  Route 1 closure shrinks: now from Burns Creek (North) to Los Burros Road (South)
Feb1  Fire Restrictions Lifted: Campfires & stoves allowed
Jan31  Route 1 closure: Current North closure at Anderson Creek (personal obs.)
Jan30  Storm-related Closures: Arroyo Sec Rec Area closed (USFS webpage info incorrect) and likely unknown others
Jan28  Storm-related Road Closures: Multiple closures, notably Route 1 washed out at Rat Creek [map]
Jan27  Road Closure: Currently many storm-related closures Route 1 washed away at Rat Creek and possibly closed for indefinite period (Montery County Road info)
Jan 22  National Forest now partially OPEN: excludes Dolan Post-fire Closure [map]

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Latest blog post: 
Latest forum post: 











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Big Sur Trailmap

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gives context and terrain contours

[last update: Apr 16]
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trail conditions map

Colors show USFS trail conditions
and state park trail closures

[last rating change: Apr 15 ]
Download one-page-
printable Trailmap sections

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

[last update: Apr 13]
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: Apr 22]
Download a PDF-format
Trailmap for a smartphone

For Avenza, can add
searchable "Features" layer

[last update: Apr 13]
Download a "Google
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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: Apr 16]










(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, wildfire areas) 

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



(what icons & line colors show) 

(those who have given time or data) 

(culled from other websites) 















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