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Hwy 1 south of Big Sur Closed due to road collapse

Old 03-17-11, 07:45 PM
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Hwy 1 south of Big Sur Closed due to road collapse

I just saw that a 40 foot chuck of road fell into the sea a few miles south of Carmel (near the Rocky Creek Bridge). Here is the article I read.

If you are planning a ride down the California Coast soon, better check to make sure you can get through on Hwy 1.

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Thanks Ray.

Good thing no one was hurt. Aren't slides fairly common this time of year?

Big Sur River Inn? Isn't that the place on the left (as you are going south), on a climb, just before you go into Big Sur (memory is fuzzy, t has been a few years)
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Land slides often happen on the Big Sur coast. The whole road washing away is unusual. We've had lots of rain this year and more is coming our way.

The Big Sur River Inn is, indeed, in the village just before the Park entrance.

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From CalTrans:
S CLOSED FROM 12 MI NORTH OF BIG SUR STATE PARK
/AT THE BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE/ TO 10 MI SOUTH OF THE CARMEL RIVER BRIDGE

Obviously, conditions and end points of the closure will change, so please check for yourself before you set out....

But given the above, here's a detour using Nacamiento-Fergusson road:
https://goo.gl/maps/HX3s

This is a route I used on a loop tour, in the other direction. You can certainly simplify it by staying on the coast route until Carmel, then heading down the Carmel Valley, paralleling Hwy 101 on it's west - but since I haven't done that part, I can't tell you which of those roads is the best. If you use the route I mapped, there are services in San Juan Bautista, Hollister, Paicines (sometimes, tiny store, may be out of business by now), and at the pay campground at Pinnacles NM.

King City is the last services I's sure of before heading out through Fr. Hunter-Legget and over the coastal range. This is a HUGE CLIMB, there's no getting around that! I did it the other way, and it was very very steep - I think the south/westbound way is less steep, but it's still a giant climb.

There are 2 or 3 campgrounds with no services on the east side of the climb. There's a stream at one of the campgrounds near the top, where I filtered water, I don't think there was piped water available.

After the long, seriously steep descent, you're pretty much at the south end of the big sur coast. If you must have services, the closest are at Lucia a few miles north, and my favorite coastal campground, (Edited out wrong site name) Kirk Creek, is also a few miles north.

This route is a great touring route in and of itself, but it would be really sad to have to skip the Big Sur Coast.

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I'm a local. Today's paper said the road will likely be closed for at least a month. They also quoted someone saying the road was closed to bicycles as well as cars.

If you are heading south and want to bypass the slide, the route mentioned - Carmel, inland to the Carmel Valley south, then back to the coast on the Nacimiento-Fergussen (sp?) Road will work. Another option would be to continue inland to Paso Robles, then head back to the coast on Highway 46, which is a bit more gentle of a grade. When you get back to the coast on Highway 1 it's just a short ride north to San Simeon State Park, which has a hiker/biker site.
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BigBlueToe - have you ridden 46? I'm curious about that - I've driven on it, but only east of Hwy 101 (not where you're suggesting), and the traffic is terrible.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
have you ridden 46? I'm curious about that.
I rode from Paso Robles on a tour down to San Diego when Hwy 1 was closed several years ago. It was a rainy, windy day. I don't recall the traffic being all that bad and there was some shoulder. The views were pleasant. Once over the crest, it was *very* windy and the coast down treacherous. I don't recall the grade being any worse than the coast road.

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valygrl... I live there too. Hwy 46 West of Paso is waaayyyy less traffic than east of Paso Robles. In fact, the road east of Paso is one of the most dangerous roads in California.
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raybo, pat from ca - thanks for the clarification, that totally makes sense. It probably picks up all the traffic right at Paso Robles, coming from the Bay Area. The part I drove, east of PR, was terrifying in a car!
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Originally Posted by valygrl
- have you ridden 46? I'm curious about that
I've ridden 46 eastbound to Paso Robles. The traffic was moderate but it didn't matter as there is a HUGE shoulder all the way.

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I've ridden on Hwy. 46 both on the section east and that west of Paso Robles and agree with the above comments that the part to the west is much better. Still has quite a bit of traffic, although not nearly as much as the part to the east, but the nice smooth shoulder is the main difference. I'm planning to ride down to the Great Western Rally again this year and generally ride down Hwy. 1 to Cambria and then take 46 to Paso Robles. Hope the coastal road is clear by then.
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