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Wilderness Trail Conditions
and State Park Closures
Interactive Map

Based on VWA Trail Reports + private reports
Click on a trail for its conditions summary or to read/submit a VWA trail report
Click also provides "Metrics" tab with trail distances+gain/loss
Note date of latest report - if old, its report may no longer be valid !
Please contribute by submiting a trail report after your hike
This information provided as a service - my best guess can be erroneous

May 2021:  many trails burnt by 2020 Dolan wildfire - absence of post-fire trail reports makes Trail Conditions Map unreliable in burnt area 

Jump down to Ratings & General Use Info
  Smartphone users should read its "Smartphone Use Info" section for a better experience !  
Jump down to Ratings & General Use Info
  Smartphone users should read its "Smartphone Use Info" section for a better experience !  

Data updated:  Sep 28


Clear - Wilderness Freeway
Passable - Clear
Difficult - Passable
Impassable - Difficult
"Almost Lost" (some tread remains)
Officially Closed
Trail Ratings:  use my distillation of VWA (Ventana Wilderness Alliance) Trail Reports plus private reports, parsing out different ratings for different trail sections - use at your own discretion.  These ratings consider "defined tread" more important than "clear of brush", since knowing where the route lies is more important than the ease of following it.  Clicking on a trail line pops up a window giving a summary and date for the latest reports, and a link to the detailed trail reports.  The indicated condition of any trail depends upon the date of its last trail report,.  For "non-green" trails, reading the detailed reports is strongly suggested (and do recognize that each might only report on one section of the trail)Red means hikers are losing the trail and not getting through, or getting through only with great difficulty, with there is little tread to follow.

 Open Rd 
 Gated Rd 
Thin Lines = unrated  trails/roads, shown to supply context:  dark green = unrated trail orange = "use trail" blue = open public road (paved or dirt) turquoise = gated road or closed road (i.e. pedestrians allowed but not vehicles) State Park trail closures are indicated but otherwise are unrated (since no VWA reports are available) - if open, they should be "passable" or better. 

  Closures:  Magenta line = closed trail (hiking not permitted) or road closed to pedestrians Public roads "closed" only to vehicles are turquoise = gated road - for longer term closures, a barrier Separated barrier icon is also displayed.  Due to budget limitations, Monterey County has been officially "closing" some roads with a "soft" closure which are being driven (carefully with 4WD when dry, with the usual cautions) by residents and others - such are shown in turquoise with a separated-barrier Separated barrier icon. 

  Gold overlay  = wilderness area 

Trail ConditionsBig Sur Trailmap  Modes:  for clarity, the "Trail Conditions" map does not include less needed details such as "use" camps, "lost" trails, water sources, waterfalls, scenic points, distinction between dirt and paved roads, etc. - instead, such information is provided by the more detailed "Big Sur Trailmap" display mode.  (Note: with interactive buttons hidden, you can quickly switch between "Trail Conditions" and "Big Sur Trailmap" modes by clicking the mode display box) 

SHOWHIDE  Button:  toggles between show/hide of interactive buttons ("Search", "Mode Use", "Legend", "Mode"), to provide more map area when desired. 

 Search box:  (if not visible, click SHOW button)  Partial word/name searches allowed - all matches containing the search phrase will be displayed.  Clicking on a found name will mark and pan to that location.  VERY USEFUL if unfamiliar with region but know a (partial) trail or place name (always use a partial word/name when unsure of entire name or spelling - e.g. 'Bot' or 'chers' or 'Gap' will find 'Bottchers Gap') If no Big Sur Trailmap match found, gives Google search results, with location, for Big Sur region.  Also, inputting a latitude & longitude — e.g. "36.1,‑121.5" — will move map to that location. 

FullScreenDisplay  Full-screen display icon:  provides a full-screen display for the current location, zoom, and background map.  For bookmarks, a direct link to the full-screen version (with controls hidden) is:

Map Legend:  map legend link

Smartphone use info:  The full-screen version of the trail conditions map provides a much better small-screen experience than this map-in-a-window webpage!  Smartphone users should read info provided on this webpage once, then use the full-screen webpage for subsequent usage.  (Still, this is not a smartphone-intended slimmed-down app and its download has much data - so is susceptible to small-screen limitations and slow display times.)
For a better small-screen experience, use the following tips:

  • SHOWHIDE button gives less/more available map area by showing/hiding the interactive buttons - for small screens, the interactive buttons should hidden, displayed only when needed

  • With interactive buttons hidden, a map title box appears - tapping it will switch between "Trail Conditions" and "Big Sur Trailmap" map modes

  • Tapping the map, away from a trail or icon, removes any displayed pop-up bubble or highlighting

  • Wait time can be reduced by zooming in, so fewer lines/icons are displayed

  • Often works best in "landscape" orientation

FYI if a small-screen device is detected the following changes occur:

  • Hides interactive buttons when pop-up bubble opens

  • No mouse "hover" display of trail or icon names

  • Uses larger fonts and buttons, narrower info bubbles

Smartphone/Touchscreen display features depend upon user feedback reported to the Trailmap Forum, since I rarely use mine. 

Hidden features:  

• Popup info bubbles can be closed by clicking on:  the map or a provided bubble link or the bubble's top-right corner "X" or the "Escape" key

• Entering a lat/lon ala "36.78,-123.45" in the "Search" box will place a magenta marker and center the map at that location

Many specialized functions are available using a right-click/long-press on the map:

• Marker displaying the lat/lon at that location (can be moved with a mouse drag)

• Ruler marker(s) displaying distance from the first marker (can be moved with a mouse drag)

• In "Trail Conditions" mode, restoration of last highlighted trail/camp with info window 

• A current-map-specific URL link for bookmarking or sharing (uses current map center, zoom, and mode - includes currently displayed magenta trail/camp highlighting or lat/lon marker) 

• A PDF single-page-printable 5½x7½ mi Trailmap section for downloading  More section map information

Technical details:  

• Map is updated weekly based on latest reports

Zoom level maxima:  16 = "USGS Topo" & "USGS Quad"  ❘  18 = "Terrain"  ❘  20 = "Satellite"

• You can create a browser bookmark to initially display a full-screen interactive Big Sur Trailmap with customized values for the initial mode, lat/lon, zoom, and interactive button display - right-click/long-press at desired location and select Display Map-Specific Link URL - for details, see link creation

If you find an error (or for smartphone users something needing improvement) you can do your bit to help improve the map by reporting it: Trailmap Forum

Disclaimer:  This information is provided 'as is', without warranty of any kind - It is believed the best available but can contain errors.