Monterey Ranger District

View of ocean coast with wild flowers on the side of cliffs.

Updated:  May 22, 2020

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Monterey Ranger District office for information about road condtions, campground camping, disperse camping, backpacking, hiking, hunting and beach access.

  • Monterey Ranger District: (831) 242-0619  Mon-Fri, 8-4:30pm  (temporarily closed for walk in visitation, but you can call for information)  
  • Big Sur Visitor Center is temporarily closed

Monterey Ranger District Forest Order No. 05-07-51-20-08 COVID19 Emergency Closure

In alignment with current Federal, state, and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors, volunteers and employees, Los Padres National Forest will temporarily close roads and trails on the Monterey Ranger District to the public effective May 16, 2020.

This forest closure order will be in effect through May 31, 2020.

These roads, trails, and trailheads are drawing increasingly heavy vehicle traffic and large groups of people, creating circumstances where social distancing is not possible. Additionally, some roads, trails, and trailheads are located adjacent to residential properties and could potentially contribute to exposure risks to local residents. Roads and trails may create unmanageable vectors for further community spread of COVID-19.

This forest closure order includes the following roads, trails and trailheads:

Roads

  • Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05 (North Coast Ridge Road)

Trailheads

  • San Carpoforo Trailhead
  • Salmon Creek Trailhead
  • Buckeye Trailhead
  • Soda Springs Trailhead
  • Cruickshank Trailhead
  • Prewitt South Trailhead
  • Prewitt North Trailheal
  •  Mill Creek Trailhead
  • Kirk Creek Trailhead
  • De Angulo Trailhead
  • Boronda Trailhead

Trails

  • Forest Road No. 20S03 (Boronda Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 2E07 (De Angulo Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 4E17 (Kirk Creek Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 5E06 (Prewitt Loop Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 5E10 (Cruickshank Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 5E17 (Soda Springs Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 5E09 (Buckeye Trail)
  • Forest Trail No. 6E11 (Salmon Creek Trail) 

This closure is an interim measure. Los Padres National Forest will continue to evaluate the emerging circumstances around COVID-19 and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as State and local health departments to ensure that the safety of our employees and our visitors remains our top priority.

Forest Order 05-07-00-20-07 Developed Recreation Sites

Developed Recreation Sites (Concession-managed campgrounds) temporarily Closed Through June 1, 2020.

Campground Closures

The following devleoped recreation sites (concession-managed campgrounds) in the Monterey Ranger District are temporarily closed through June 1, 2020:

  • White Oaks Campground
  • China Camp Campground
  • Nacimiento Campground
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
  • Escondido Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Campground
  • Kirk Creek Campground

Forest Order 05-07-00-20-09 Developed Recreation Sites

Developed Recreation Sites (Campgrounds managed by the Forest Service and group campgrounds) temporarily Closed Through June 19, 2020.

Campground Closures

The following devleoped recreation sites (campgrounds managed by the Forest Service and group campgrounds) in the Monterey Ranger District are temporarily closed through June 19, 2020:

  • Alder Creek Campground
  • Arroyo Seco Group Campground
  • Plaskett Creek Group Campground
  • Piney Creek Campground

Day Use Areas in the Monterey Ranger District that are now open

  • Arroyo Seco Day Use/Picnic Area (undergoing maintenance and will reopen on May 22, 2020)
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area (open May 16, 2020)
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area (open May 16, 2020)
  • Sand Dollar Day Use Area (open May 16, 2020)
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area (open May 16, 2020)

Current Restrictions

Current Highway 1 Status

Hwy 1 is open

Highway 1 Closure Alert

Caltrans may close Hwy 1 in the vacinity of Mud Creek and Paul's Slide before, during and after a signifcant storm. For more information, please visit the Caltrans website:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/  This closure would prevent access to the Hwy 1/Big Sur Coast from the south just north of San Simeon/Ragged Point. Access to Big Sur would either be from the north along Hwy 1 or Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd through Fort Hunger Liggett. 

Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Information

California State Park Information

  • All Callifornia State Park Campgrounds are temporarily closed due to CA State "Stay at Home" order due to COVID-19
  • For more California State Park information and updates on current conditions, please visit the California State Parks website

Parks Management Concession Company

For more information about the Parks Managemnet Company that manages recreation sites for the Forest Service (Plaskett Creek, Kirk Creek, White Oaks, China Camp, Nacimiento, Ponderosa and Arroyo Seco Campgrounds and day use areas (Sand Dollar Beach, Mill Creek, Willow Creek, Pfeiffer Beach), call (805) 434-1996 ext. 0 or visit: www.campone.com

Weather Information

The National Weather Service is a good resource for information about weather..





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