It is fall and the weather is changing. These past few weeks we’ve seen our Los Padres autumn colors coming in, temps are cooling quickly and we’ve even had a few early season storms knock back the summer dust and in some places ash from the 2017 wildfire season. While we haven’t seen a whole lot of rain up and down the forest, most of the Northern Los Padres has received over an inch of rain with select locations closing in on 2 inches. Many of the creeks are starting to flow again as the riparian trees settle into their winter dormancy cycle and the trails are ripe for exploring. Hope you get out there soon and be sure to check the latest conditions of your favorite trail or camp at HikeLosPadres and share your experiences after you get back.
Highway 1 at Carmel River, Sign Slightly Modified
• Unfortunately, Hwy 1 still doesn’t connect with San Luis Obispo due to the Mud Creek slide in Southern Monterey County. Mud Creek remains closed between Gorda and the Salmon Creek Guard Station. Crews continue to work on the slide but Hwy 1 at Mud Creek is expected to remain closed throughout the winter and most likely until summer 2018.
• Access to Bottcher’s Gap Campground and trailhead remains closed as work continues along Palo Colorado Road.
• All other normal public forest access roads should be open across the Monterey Ranger District. This includes Nacimiento Fergusson, Tassajara, Sycamore Canyon and South Coast Ridge Road. That being said, this time of year storm closures should be expected so be sure to contact the FS if you have any questions or need clarification.
• That being said, it’s not all rainbows and moonbeams just yet. There was substantial fire damage along the very popular Pine Ridge Trail and as a result the Pine Ridge Trail between Big Sur Station and Redwood Camp remains closed indefinitely. This includes Sykes, Barlow Flat, Terrace Creek, Ventana Camp, Redwood Camp, Ventana Camp Trail and the Terrace Creek Trail. There is no established timeframe as to when these camps/trails will reopen. Patience is the word of the day and hopefully more information on a reopening date will surface in the coming weeks.
• You can view the closer order here and a map of the closure here.
• There are likely quite a few trails within the Soberanes Fire perimeter that have not been properly surveyed. Be careful if you’re out there and please take photos of any trail slides or downed trees and share them with either the Forest Service, Ventana Wilderness Alliance or post on HikeLosPadres.com. The more information that is shared, the sooner the trail issues can be resolved. Thanks…..
Once again, if you have a great LP photo you’d like to share that you think would make a good addition to the calendar, please send it our way and if we use it we’ll send you a free calendar. All photos will only be used for the calendar and your name will be credited on the month that the photo is used. We’ve done this the past two years and it’s been a lot of fun seeing the great photos submitted by you and incorporating them into the themed calendar.
You can also pre-order the calendar for $15.00 at the following link: http://lpforest.org/2018-los-padres-calendar/ We plan on having the calendar printed and shipped by mid-December, just in time to stuff the stocking of your favorite Los Padres adventurer! Happy Holidays…….
“Has anyone seen the bridge?” – Newly re-built Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge