TUESDAY, JULY 18-HWY 1 CLOSURE UPDATE: PAUL'S SLIDE OPENS AT 9 AM THIS MORNING WITH 35 TOTAL MILES OF HWY 1 TO THE PUBLIC FROM GORDA (PM 10) TO JUST SOUTH PFEIFFER CANYON (PM 45.5)
HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, July 17:
Highway 1 in Monterey County has opened 35 total miles of Hwy. 1 to the public from south of Gorda (PM 10) to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.5) accessible only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. State Route 1 remains closed from north of Salmon (just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek event. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County, past Ragged Point to Salmon Creek.
REMINDER: travelers CANNOT go all the way through Big Sur on Hwy 1 but local businesses are open on both sides of the closure points at Pfeiffer Canyon and Salmon Creek.
Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing 5 million cubic yards of material. Geotechnical and radar assessments continue at the site and it remains impassable.
Paul's Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul's Slide reopens Tuesday, July 18 at 9 am to the public 24/7, with one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers; which means a lane of travel is open 24/7.
All businesses and campgrounds north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are open exceptAndrew Molera State Park and *Garrapata State Park.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is open. Day Use Parking lots one and two are open for picnic areas. TheWarden's Path, River Path, Nature Trail, and Liewald Flat trails are open. Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View, Buzzard's Roost, Oak Grove Trail, Mount Manual Trail and the Big Sur Gorge remain CLOSED due to fire and flood damages. Please respect park closures and stay out of these areas for your own safety.
North of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge All lodging, restaurants and campgrounds north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge are open except Andrew Molera State Park. Please call for availability.
• Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
• Andrew Molera State Park is closed.
• Garrapata State Park; all trails and beaches west of Highway 1 are open.
All trails east of Highway 1 remain closed. • Point Lobos State Reserve is open.
• Point Sur Lightstation is open.
You can access Treebones, Gorda Springs Resort, Limekiln State Park, Kirk Creek Campground, Plasket creek Campground, Pondorosa Campground, Nacimiento Campground via Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. Public access on Highway 1, using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20) to the north. (See map above)
Los Padres Prohibits Camping Along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road
Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2017
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
GOLETA, Calif., August 11, 2017– Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that dispersed camping along the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (Forest Road No. 22S01) on the Monterey Ranger District is prohibited under a new Forest Order. This prohibition is effective immediately, and will be strictly enforced due to public health and safety concerns.
This Forest Order will remain in effect through August 10, 2018, and violations of the Order are punishable by a fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
The video below shows the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge demolition which occured Saturday, March 18, 2017. This bridge was located at Mile Marker 45.5 which is about a mile south of the Big Sur Ranger Station. The bridge replacement is expected to be completed by September 2017.