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Get local, up-to-date trail knowledge!  Trail and camp locations are incorrect on most 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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      "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 = 69%   [Pre2016Wildfire=74%: ]
The trails need YOU - do good while outdoors: 



   CURRENT STATUS   
Dolan Wildfire:  Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed, the National Forest is closed.  Andrew Molera and Pfeiffer Big Sur (including campground) State Parks are open
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is closed except for Partington Cove Trail.  Limekiln State Park is open for day use.  Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, and Willow Creek Day Use Areas are open. 
Level 2 fire restrictions:  Stoves allowed in backcountry, but not campfires.  Campfires allowed in designated campgrounds. 
National Forest closures:  all of Los Padres National Forest is closed
State Park closures:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns (except Partington Cove Trail)
Long-term Road closures:  Palo Colorado Road
Wildfire Road closures:  Nacimiento_Fergusson Road west of Fort Hunter-Liggett

 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Nov 20 State Park Openings: Limekiln SP is open for day use only)
Oct 30 State Park Openings: Limekiln SP beach (day use only) and Partington Cove Trail in Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park
Oct 9 Day Use Area Openings: Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, and Willow Creek Day Use Areas
Oct 4 State Park Opening: Pfeiffer Big Sur SP campground
Sep28 State Park Openings: Andrew Molera SP and Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
Sep25 Route 1 now open: with some one-lane sections  
Sep25 Route 1 now open: with some one-lane sections  
Sep15 Andrew Molera SP is open west of Route 1  
Sep7  National Forest Closed: Lost Padres National forest is now closed
Sep4  USFS Closure Expansion: national forest is now closed from Pine Ridge Trail south to Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road. 
Sep3  Road Closure: Milpitas Road
Aug29  Campground Closures: China Camp, White Oaks, Santa Lucia Memorial Park, Nacimiento, Ponderosa Campgrounds
Aug28  Road Closure: Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed from Route 1 east to Fort Hunter-Liggett boundary
Aug27  Road Openings: Cachagua Road has re-opened and Tassajara Road opened from Carmel Valley Road to the National Forest boundary. 
Aug25  Dolan Fire update: Plaskett Creek Campground now closed
Aug23  Forest Closure order: Forest closure from Boronda-MarblePeak Trails south to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and from Route 1 east to Indians-Milpitas Roads. 
Aug21  Dolan Fire: all Big Sur State Parks are closed, Kirk Creek Campground and Arroyo Seco Rec Area are closed, Route 1 closed between Pfeiffer Big Sur SP and Gorda.  Smoke and unhealty conditions througout area. 
Aug19  Carmel Fire: Tassajara and Cachagua Roads closed at Carmel Valley Road. 
Aug17  USFS CLARIFICATION: the southern road closures are vehicle prohibitions only, not for hikers
Aug11  Los Padres Dam Road Closure: USFS officially declares Los Padres Dam Road closed due to slide
Aug7  USFS ROAD CLOSURES: Due to overuse and illegal campfires by road campers, all southern dirt roads have been closed until Oct. 19
Jul8  State Park OPENING: re‑routed Andrew Molera SP Headlands Trail

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Aug11  Print/Garmin/PDF map updating change: will only show long-term closures, e.g. not COVID-related closures. 
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   CURRENT STATUS   
Dolan Wildfire:  Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed, the National Forest is closed.  Andrew Molera and Pfeiffer Big Sur (including campground) State Parks are open
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is closed except for Partington Cove Trail.  Limekiln State Park is open for day use.  Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, and Willow Creek Day Use Areas are open. 
Level 2 fire restrictions:  Stoves allowed in backcountry, but not campfires.  Campfires allowed in designated campgrounds. 
National Forest closures:  all of Los Padres National Forest is closed
State Park closures:  Julia Pfeiffer Burns (except Partington Cove Trail)
Long-term Road closures:  Palo Colorado Road
Wildfire Road closures:  Nacimiento_Fergusson Road west of Fort Hunter-Liggett

 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Nov 20 State Park Openings: Limekiln SP is open for day use only)
Oct 30 State Park Openings: Limekiln SP beach (day use only) and Partington Cove Trail in Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park
Oct 9 Day Use Area Openings: Pfeiffer Beach, Mill Creek, and Willow Creek Day Use Areas
Oct 4 State Park Opening: Pfeiffer Big Sur SP campground
Sep28 State Park Openings: Andrew Molera SP and Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
Sep25 Route 1 now open: with some one-lane sections  
Sep25 Route 1 now open: with some one-lane sections  
Sep15 Andrew Molera SP is open west of Route 1  
Sep7  National Forest Closed: Lost Padres National forest is now closed
Sep4  USFS Closure Expansion: national forest is now closed from Pine Ridge Trail south to Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road. 
Sep3  Road Closure: Milpitas Road
Aug29  Campground Closures: China Camp, White Oaks, Santa Lucia Memorial Park, Nacimiento, Ponderosa Campgrounds
Aug28  Road Closure: Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed from Route 1 east to Fort Hunter-Liggett boundary
Aug27  Road Openings: Cachagua Road has re-opened and Tassajara Road opened from Carmel Valley Road to the National Forest boundary. 
Aug25  Dolan Fire update: Plaskett Creek Campground now closed
Aug23  Forest Closure order: Forest closure from Boronda-MarblePeak Trails south to Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and from Route 1 east to Indians-Milpitas Roads. 
Aug21  Dolan Fire: all Big Sur State Parks are closed, Kirk Creek Campground and Arroyo Seco Rec Area are closed, Route 1 closed between Pfeiffer Big Sur SP and Gorda.  Smoke and unhealty conditions througout area. 
Aug19  Carmel Fire: Tassajara and Cachagua Roads closed at Carmel Valley Road. 
Aug17  USFS CLARIFICATION: the southern road closures are vehicle prohibitions only, not for hikers
Aug11  Los Padres Dam Road Closure: USFS officially declares Los Padres Dam Road closed due to slide
Aug7  USFS ROAD CLOSURES: Due to overuse and illegal campfires by road campers, all southern dirt roads have been closed until Oct. 19
Jul8  State Park OPENING: re‑routed Andrew Molera SP Headlands Trail

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Aug11  Print/Garmin/PDF map updating change: will only show long-term closures, e.g. not COVID-related closures. 
Latest blog post: 
Latest forum post: 











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