Monterey Ranger District

[image] Pine Ridge Trail - Ventana Wilderness
Photo: Ventana Wilderness, Monterey Ranger District

Updated: July 5, 2022

Know Before You Go!

Please contact the Monterey Ranger District office or the Big Sur Visitor Center for information about road condtions, camping, backpacking, hiking and beach access.

  • Monterey Ranger District: 831-242-0619. The office in King City is temporarily closed for walk in visitation, but calls are answered Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
  • Big Sur Multi-Agency Visitor Center: (831) 667-2315 ext 0 or select the option for Los Padres Forest Association, open daily 9:00am - 4:00pm. Open for walk-in visitation and phone calls.
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd is closed from Hwy 1 to the summit. No through traffic from the coast to Hwy 101. No access to Prewitt Ridge or Cone Peak Rd. These roads are temporarily closed due to damage from the Dolan Fire and washouts from heavy rains in January, 2020.
  • Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd is only open from Hwy 101 through Fort Hunter Liggett to Ponderosa and Nacimiento Campgrounds.
  • Contact www.recreation.gov to make or cancel a camping reservation or call 1-877-444-6777.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Closure

The atmospheric river storm event that stalled over Monterey County in late January dumped up to 15 inches of rain on the Monterey Ranger District. The Highway 1 washout at Rat Creek generated national headlines, however, the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road that connects Highway 1 with Fort Hunter Liggett and Highway 101 suffered significantly more damage but received far less media attention. Extensive slides, debris flows and road failures at a dozen sites along the road have rendered Nac-Ferg impassable to vehicle traffic. The road will remain closed under a Forest Order until repairs can be made. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid Nacimiento-Fergusson Road until the road has been cleared of debris and is safe for through traffic. Initial cost estimates for fixing the road run into the millions of dollars. The Forest Service is working with the Monterey County Department of Public Works and Fort Hunter Liggett, and will be applying for Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) through the Federal Highway Administration to secure additional funding.

The Pine Ridge Trail

The popular Pine Ridge Trail (PRT) on Los Padres National Forest reopened to public use nearly five years after the devastating 2016 Soberanes Fire and winter storms of 2017. Massive sections of the trail were repaired by volunteers, partner groups, and U.S. Forest Service-funded contract crews. Read more...

Dolan Fire Road and Campground Closure - Forest Order 05-07-51-22-06

Closed roads and campgrounds due to the Dolan Fire:

  • Chalk Peak Campground (Prewitt Ridge area)
  • Forest Road No. 22S01 (Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd from Hwy 1 to the Summit)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.4 (South Coast Ridge Rd - Prewitt Ridge)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.3 (Central Coast Ridge Rd / Cone Peak Rd)

Fire Restrictions

In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that fire restrictions will be implemented throughout the Forest effective May 27. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials, and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until January 31, 2023. 

  • No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites, even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit, which can be obtained free-of-charge at the Ready For Wildfire website. Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person always attends the stove during use.

Forest Orders and Restrictions

Open Roads

  • Arroyo Seco Rd to the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area
  • Escondido Rd to Escondido Campground
  • Indians Road to Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
  • Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros/Willow Creek Road)
  • Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road)
  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd from Hwy 101 is open through Ft. Hunter Liggett to Nacimineto Campground only. No access to Hwy 1 (the coast).
  • Forest Road No. 18S02 (Tassajara Road) - Drive with caution. 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles only. Road is rutted and damaged from winter storms.

Temporary Road Closures

  • Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (West of Nacimiento Campground to the Highway 1 intersection)
  • Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road)
  • Forest Road No. 20S05.3 (Central Coast Road/Cone Peak Road)
  • Forest Road No. 19S10 (Piney Creek Road) to the Piney Creek Campgrounds

Open Campgrounds

To make a future reservation, go to www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777

Campground Closures

  • Piney Creek Campground (Closed until further notice)

Day Use Areas

Hiking Trails

Silver Peak Wilderness

Open

Ventana Wilderness

Open

Refer to https://bigsurtrailmap.net/ for open/closed trails and trail camps

  • Pine Ridge Trail
  • Kirk Creek Trail
  • Vicente Flat Trail

Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Information

California State Park Information

Parks Management Concession Company

For more information about the Parks Management Company (PMC) 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), please visit: www.campone.com