San Rafael Mountain Summit, January 20, photo Kevin Cody
- Just about all non-paved Los Padres roads are closed. There may be a few exceptions but again be sure to check ahead of time before assuming a road or gate will be open.
- Hwy 1 along the Big Sur Coast has been closed for most of the past month and remains closed between Big Sur and Ragged Point due to landslides.
- Hwy 33 in Ventura County was closed this past weekend due to landslides and snow but was just reopened. There are snow chain warnings still in effect.
- Hwy 41 between Morro Bay and Cerro Alto in SLO County is closed due to a landslide.
- Paradise Rd in Santa Barbara is closed at First Crossing Day Use Area. No time-frame has been set as to when First Crossing will reopen but it probably won’t be anytime soon.
- Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur remains closed due to road undercutting.
- Mt Pinos is closed this week due to icy conditions.
HARD HAT STICKERS
Perhaps you’ve seen this, especially if you follow college football…… Some college football teams give their players ‘helmet stickers’ as a way of recognizing either individual or team achievement. Each player has his personal football helmet and if their team wins or that player does something excellent in that game, the team rewards the player with a sticker that he then puts on his helmet. More stickers = more recognition. It’s a cool tradition and in some cases you can hardly see the helmet as it’s covered in stickers, indicating that player is a superstar.
First Crossing, 6 Feet Under, photo Beeman
– The Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club is once again offering their Wilderness Basics Course designed to teach backpacking skills to hikers of all skill levels. The classes are offered in Ventura County and start February 8.
– We’re getting lots of reports of damaged trails across the Los Padres – thank you everyone! Remember that HikeLosPadres.com is a great resource for sharing that information and getting those damaged sections of trail onto the inventory of trails to fix. Check it out!
Piedra Blanca & Montañas Blancas, Sespe, photo Humphrey