Effective June 14, 2020 virtually all trails in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest are OPEN. 

The following trails remain CLOSED:

- The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, Sykes and Redwood Camps remains CLOSED. 

- The Terrace Creek Trail from Coast Ridge Road to the Pine Ridge Trail remains CLOSED. 

Most Developed Recreation Sites are now OPEN as are most US Forest Service roads in the Monterey Ranger District. 

The following roads remain CLOSED:

- Palo Colorado Road from "the Hoist" to Bottchers Gap remains CLOSED

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: USDA Forest Service has instituted the following fire restrictions for the Los Padres National Forest (which includes the Monterey Ranger District) effective 05/12/2020. This means:

- No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires

- No smoking except in a vehicle

- Stoves are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit

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Suggestions for backpacking trip

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Re: Suggestions for backpacking trip

Postby jack_glendening on Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:30 pm

Additional backpack routes, with photos, also including the ones mentioned below, can be found at

Note that if planning to stay at Goat Camp those routes have it correctly placed (unlike Gaia).

Big Sur Trailmap:
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Re: Suggestions for backpacking trip

Postby gfelsman on Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:50 pm

All, those suggestions are good. Be aware as of right now. No Campfires are allowed in the backcountry. A valid campfire permit is required to use a portable stove. If the weather is warm be prepared for bugs. A face net is well warranted on any of these trips. Be sure to check the VWA Site for latest trail conditions posted by users. Trail conditions will very greatly depending on the trails chosen.
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Re: Suggestions for backpacking trip

Postby gvirtue on Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:50 pm

Cone peak lolipop would be great.

Night 1 - Vicente Flat
Night 2 - Goat Camp
Night 3 - Vicente Flat

Gaia clocks it at 25.4mi but it ends up being closer to 30 - 32mi from the Garmin.

There's also some shorter mileage loops in Silver Peak Wilderness that I am fond of.

Silver Peak loop lets you tag the peak (some bushwhacking required) and you can sign the registry.

You could make that a two or three nighter:

Night 1 - Lion Den Camp
Night 2 - Buckeye Camp


Night 1 Spruce Creek Camp
Night 2 - Lion Den Camp
Night 3 - Buckeye Camp

Suggestions for backpacking trip

Postby kmahony1 on Sat May 30, 2020 2:06 pm

I am looking for suggestions for a 3-4 day backpacking trip 20-30 miles to do instead of the Pine Ridge Trail I was planning to do.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
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