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to find your own adventure.
Black Butte Pano photo
to find your own adventure.
Printed map screenshot
the print/PDF/Garmin maps ...
Metrics calculation screenshot
the route planning tools ...
Trail Conditions screenshot Trail Conditions screenshot overlay
the trail conditions map ...
Interactive map screnshot
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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 = 70%   [Pre2016Wildfire=74%: ]
The trails need YOU - do good while outdoors: 



 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Mar29  State Park closed to vehicles: must park along Route 1  
Mar24  USFS rec site closure update: will be closed until at least April 30  
Mar18  Coronavirus closures: State campgrounds, USFS "rec sites", Big Sur Station, USFS King City Office - parks and forest open to hikers  
Mar 1  Cone Peak Road temporarily CLOSED
Feb12  Accurate Wilderness Press Big Sur Map: updated version to be released pre-May
Jan11  Access road to Escondido Camp now CLOSED: apparently for the winter
Jan8  Tassajara Road offically closed, but high-clearance vehicles driving it when dry

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Mar10  Gaia "Layer" users: Gaia update breaks old "layer" installation - new install required. 
March3  "Shaded" print maps: you now get a choice of printed map backgrounds
Feb26  Roads closed to vehicles: now turquoise on "Trail Conditions" map (ala gated roads), pink means closed to hikers
Feb25  Tiled map failures: if your GPS app uses them,
Feb18  "Trail condition" road type+color change: now public & gated (was paved & dirt)
Jan29  Ft. Ord NM: georeferenced multi-scale KMZ trail map now available (GoogleEarth,Garmin,etc)
Jan15  Bordered lines now used on interactive Big Sur Trailmap
Latest blog post: 
Latest forum 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, Carmel River, Skinner Ridge Trails 


 90-day TRAIL NEWS 
Mar29  State Park closed to vehicles: must park along Route 1  
Mar24  USFS rec site closure update: will be closed until at least April 30  
Mar18  Coronavirus closures: State campgrounds, USFS "rec sites", Big Sur Station, USFS King City Office - parks and forest open to hikers  
Mar 1  Cone Peak Road temporarily CLOSED
Feb12  Accurate Wilderness Press Big Sur Map: updated version to be released pre-May
Jan11  Access road to Escondido Camp now CLOSED: apparently for the winter
Jan8  Tassajara Road offically closed, but high-clearance vehicles driving it when dry

 90-day SITE NEWS 
Mar10  Gaia "Layer" users: Gaia update breaks old "layer" installation - new install required. 
March3  "Shaded" print maps: you now get a choice of printed map backgrounds
Feb26  Roads closed to vehicles: now turquoise on "Trail Conditions" map (ala gated roads), pink means closed to hikers
Feb25  Tiled map failures: if your GPS app uses them,
Feb18  "Trail condition" road type+color change: now public & gated (was paved & dirt)
Jan29  Ft. Ord NM: georeferenced multi-scale KMZ trail map now available (GoogleEarth,Garmin,etc)
Jan15  Bordered lines now used on interactive Big Sur Trailmap
Latest blog post: 
Latest forum 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, Carmel River, Skinner Ridge Trails 











(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) 



(what icons & line colors show) 

(those who have given time or data) 

(culled from other websites) 









View the interactive
Big Sur Trailmap

USGS shaded topo background
gives context and terrain contours

[last update: Apr 7]
View the interactive
trail conditions map

Colors show USFS trail conditions
and state park trail closures

[last rating change: Apr 5 ]
Download one-page-
printable Trailmap sections

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

[last update: Apr 1]
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 1]
Download a PDF-format
Trailmap for a smartphone

For Avenza, can add
searchable "Features" layer

[last update: Apr 2]
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: Apr 1]










(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) 



(what icons & line colors show) 

(those who have given time or data) 

(culled from other websites) 











If you have something to contribute or find an error,
please post to the

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