| Clear - Wilderness Freeway |
| Passable - Clear |
| Difficult - Passable |
| Impassable - Difficult |
|"Almost Lost" (some tread remains)|
| Officially Closed |
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 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 (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, since there is little or no tread to follow.
State Park trail closures are indicated, but otherwise unrated (since no VWA reports are available)
- if open, they should be "passable" or better.
trails/roads, shown to supply context:
= "use trail",
= dirt road, gray
= paved road,
pink = closed trail/road
Gold = Wilderness:
Gold overlay indicates wilderness area.
Trail Conditions⇄Big Sur Trailmap modes:
for clarity, the currently displayed "Trail Conditions"
map does not include less needed details such as "use" camps, "lost" trails, water sources, waterfalls, scenic points, distinction between gated and non-gated roads, etc. -
instead, such information is provided by the more detailed "Big Sur Trailmap"
(Note: with interactive buttons hidden, you can quickly switch between "Trail Conditions" and "Big Sur Trailmap" modes by clicking the mode display box)
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 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 trail or place name (or partial name)
If no Big Sur Trailmap match found, gives Google search results, with location
, for Big Sur region.
icon provides a full-screen display for the current location, zoom, and background map.
For bookmark use, a direct link to the full-screen version is:
Mobile phone 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!
Mobile phone users should read info provided on this webpage once, then use the full-screen webpage for subsequent usage.
(Still, this is not a mobile-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:
• SHOW⇄HIDE 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 names
• Uses larger fonts and buttons, narrower info bubbles
Mobile/Touchscreen display features depend upon user feedback reported to the Trailmap Forum
, since I do not own such.
• 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
• 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
If you find an error (or for mobile users something needing improvement) you can do your bit to help improve the map by reporting it: