TRAVEL NOTICE: Highway 1 closure updates 7/14/17:
Why not lunch at Nepenthe? The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge bypass trail is now open for all visitors and no longer for locals only according to the Monterey Herald. This has spawned a new shuttle service working on both sides of the bridge construction highway 1 closure; many people hiking the bypass trail are hiking the quiet highway asphalt the 1 ½ miles further to Nepenthe. The new shuttle service also goes to Nepenthe plus points south and from Andrew Molera State Park to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is run by Sur Transportation LLC (831-667-5075).
There are 3 closures on Highway 1 along the scenic central California coastline leaving a few areas isolated and harder to reach. The furthest north is just above Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (MON 46.3) it is being replaced and is tentatively scheduled to allow at least one line traffic by September 30; Paul’s Slide (mile marker 21.6) is scheduled to be partially repaired by July 4 allowing for at least one lane of traffic. There’s no word yet on when the big slide damage at Mud Creek (SLO PM 72.87) will be repaired but it looks like it will be closed at least be one year getting repaired.
Tourists who drive north towards Big Sur from San Luis Obispo County have been blocked off at Ragged Point Roadside Motel since late February but now can continue north on Pacific Coast Hwy 1 past the motel 4.6 miles north to Salmon Creek (Mon 2.2). The big "Mud Creel slide" may be fixed sometime in 2018.
Those headed for Big Sur must drive south via the Monterey Peninsula on Highway 1 open up to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge construction area on the south.
Campers and such who want to access Highway 1 from Limekiln State Park on the north end to Gorda on the south need to use the beautiful Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd, there are also a some nice campgrounds near Fort Hunter Liggett.
SORRY Maiden Publick House is closed but other Big Sur Village Businesses Welcome Tourists ; Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public; Public access on Highway 1 coming off Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd will be south to Gorda (PM 10), and north to Limekiln State Park (PM 20).
Highway 1 from the north is opened through Monterey/Carmel south down to Big Sur Station (MON 46.3); From the south on Pacific Coast Highway 1 you can get no further north than Salmon Creek (Mon 2.2). FOR LATEST BIG SUR AREA TOURIST INFORMATION VISIT: www.bigsur.tips
GREAT NEWS !!!: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (831-667-2315) is open for limited hiking, camping and day use.
There are large fines for going around closure signs & barriers barriers; this is against the law which is enforced, a violation is a serious offense, the... THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE!
THE PRECEDING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE!
If you don't want to take the time and trouble to access available middle Big Sur from Limekiln Creek to Gorda you can vacation in Monterey/Carmel at the northern end or entering from south PCH-1 and visiting the southern end of scenic Big Sur Coast Scenic Highway... One of my favorite summer Hearst Castle tours which covers the history of the development and over 30 years of construction of the castle in detail; called the Designing the Dream Tour is ongoing and available also there is a new limited time the Art of San Simeon Tour ; and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse(805) 927-7361 is offering tours of their grounds and facilities every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Piedras Blancas elephant Piedras Blancas elephant seals are always up to something; the cute baby seals and sea otters are both around now, see the SEALS ACTIVITIES MONTH by MONTH CALENDAR for the seals routines and look at the new Elephant Seal Webcam to see what they are up to right this second. Ragged Point has the closest restrooms you must stop there to at least check the coastal views anyway. In the tiny village of San Simeon historic Sebastian’s Store features a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines and a hamburger /deli-foods joint with big food and burgers made with Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!
DON'T MISS ... Just a reminder of some of my coastal favorites: Ragged Point
is always a must stop on anytime you are in the neighborhood...at the very least stretch your legs and check the California coastal views...In the tiny village of San Simeon at the south end of the Big Sur Coast try McPhee's new menu at Sebastian’s Wine Bar & Burger Joint who still feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef and try the tasting room of Hearst Ranch Wines! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!
WHAT TO WEAR... HOW TO DRESS WHEN YOU GO TO BIG SUR CALIFORNIA: The Big Sur area has a large variety of microclimates; weather even in winter is generally mild on the coast but it changes quickly and often so it is best to come prepared with extreme heavy warm clothing and light cloths too...layering is the best way to dress for Big Sur any season; peal clothes off when it warms, pile them on when it starts to get cool or damp.
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current USFS regulations
The Soberanse fire was started by an illegal campfire !!! DO BE CAREFUL! !! follow the rules, regulations and also be aware fire danger level, **ALERT** NO CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY; Campfires are only allowed in designated campfire use sites (developed car campgrounds)...
INFORMATION ON TRAILS, CAMPGROUNDS AND LOCAL STATE PARKS (see the above notice for there are many fire closures): also
Check the Campground Report
PRE-CHECK YOUR VENUE! some Parks, Recreation Areas, Trails and Campgrounds have closed or services have changed or are limited because of fires following the prolonged drought and great deluge, for instance Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and all burned areas are partially CLOSED : Ventana Campground, is closed temporarily, to reopen Oct 1, 2017. Most parks and recreation areas west of Highway 1 and all to the south like Plasket Creek and Limekiln Creek California State Park's and others are open; also a good choice near Fort Hunter Liggett Nacimiento Campground and Ponderosa Campground; for more info about campgrounds call Parks Management Co 805-434-1996.
Some places west of the Pacific Coast Highway and to the south you should soon reopen some of the now closed Big Sur back-country so you can spend... A Night Beneath the Stars on Buckeye Trail! or take a hike up the Salmon Creek Trail; now again accessible from the south on PCH 1.
Before you start any Big Sur adventure you should want phone ahead and to check online and double check by telephone that your desired trails and camping destinations are open and passable. Ventana Wilderness Alliance website is a great resource for all Big Sur area trails (V.W.A. Website) and can check for current conditions and closures via telephone or in person at the Big Sur Ranger Station (831) 667-2315. Personnel are available during normal business hours 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PST) and have information about hiking, camping, road conditions and more. While in Big Sur you can pick up trail maps, books, posters, and lots of other information. They also have public restrooms. At the more southern end of the Scenic Big Sur Highway you can get help and information via telephone or in person from the Pacific Valley Ranger Station (805)927-4211.
It's always a good idea to check Highway conditions; Pacific Coast Highway One, PCH 1, has been describe by Cal-Trans as geologically unstable and there is highway construction, delays and closures:
PCH 1, Pacific Coast Highway 1 -It is never really safe to travel the scenic Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 during or soon after a rain storm and it is especially dangerous when there has been a lot of rain and the ground is saturated. Although rock slides can happen at any time the more saturated the ground and if there is currently or in the near future a rain storm, especially if it is heavy then the more likely flash flooding and severe rock slides are imminent. It only takes one small falling rock to ruin your day and a one large boulder can end your life! The Pacific Coast Highway 1 remains open unless it is closed by the California Department of Transportation; for current California Highway conditions call 1-800.427.7623, or on the internet you can check California Highway Conditions:
PCH 1 and all California Highway Conditions at the California Department of Transportation website Mobile.