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Big Sur Trail and Road Closures

Updated: May 26, 2020

For a map showing closed trails and roads:
(where PINK = "Closed to hikers & vehicles")
interactive Trail Conditions Map
[last rating change: May 27 ]



Coronavirus closures

Big Sur Station is closed. 

State Parks
All State Parks are closed to vehicles. 
The following Big Sur State Parks are open to hikers: The following Big Sur State Parks are closed to vehicles and hikers: I've not seen any projected end dates
For full text and list of fully closed state parks, see State Park Closures - May 22

National Forest
Coastal roads and front-country trails in Montery District of Los Padres National Forest are largely closed. 
These roads were opened on May 15: These coastal trails were opened on May 15: All day-use areas were opened on May 15: These roads remain closed: These coastal trails remain closed: Remaining closed are these USFS rec sites: The current closure has been extended until June 1
For full text with list of closed roads, trails, and trailheads, see updated USFS Forest Order - May 15
USFS Closure Map



National Forest Trail Closures

USFS Los Padres NF Alerts & Notices webpage
gives USFS trail, campground, and road closures, fire restrictions, etc.

Post-fire repercussions of the 2016 Soberanes wildfire
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). 
The adjoining Terrace Creek and Ventana Camp Trails are also closed. 

Access to camps along those trails remains blocked:
Barlow Camp, Redwood Camp, Sykes Camp, Terrace Creek Camp, Ventana Camp
(The Pine Ridge Trail has been destroyed by several landslides, with sections gouged out by hillside erosion, resulting from the 2016-2017 heavy winter rains - re-routes and possible blasting are needed to re-open the trail.  For more info: Why can't I go to Sykes? The state of Pine Ridge Trail)



State Park Trail Closures

State Parks Alerts in Effect webpage
Official list of closed Big Sur State Park trails, campgrounds, and roads


Andrew Molera State Park
Beach, Hidden, River, Twin Cottonwoods, and Headlands Trails are closed.  The campground is closed. 

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pine Ridge, Pfeiffer Falls, Post Creek, and Oak Grove Trails are closed.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Canyon Falls and Ewoldsen Trails are closed.

  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. 
Unofficial state park "closed trail" reports



Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Closures

Mill Creek Preserve (and so Mill Creek Preserve Trail) is closed



Vehicular Road Closures

During the rainy season roads are subject to sudden closure due to possible or actual slides or other weather related conditions - notably at Pauls Slide (just north of Limekiln State Park - map) and Mud Creek Slide (south of Gorda - map) I will post longer-term closures here but will not attempt to keep up with transient closings/openings - see the Monterey or State closure information contacts below for up-to-date information

Mountery County Road Closure Info
Alternative:  Phone: 831-755-4925

CA Route 1 Road Closure Info
Alternatives:  Phone: 1-800-427-7623   Mobile

USFS Road Closure Info
Phone: 1-831-385-5434 - phone tree #3  

Tassajara Road - dirt section 
Officially closed by Montery County at National Forest boundary.  But is "soft" closure, i.e. sign but no barrier, and many high-clearance vehicles are successfully driving it when it is dry - but it is rough, more so beyond China Camp. 

Palo Colorado Road 
Closure at "Hoist" (west end of Long Ridge Road) prevents vehicle access beyond.  Indefinite closure due to construction. 

Cone Peak Road 
Open to (high-clearance) vehicles for summer

Escondido Road (South end of ArroyoSeco-Indians Road) 
Open to (high-clearance) vehicles for summer



Trailhead Inaccessability

Los Padres Dam Road Closure 
Closure at parking area and fencing across road prevents access to landslide area with lost roadbed.  For more info

Palo Colorado Road Closure 
Closure at "Hoist" (west end of Long Ridge Road) prevents vehicle and pedestrian access to Bottchers Gap, western end of Skinner Ridge Trail, and Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.