‘Unprecedented’ landslide buries part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur
The damage is “unprecedented”, a Caltrans spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times, covering a third of a mile of Highway 1 in rock and dirt that is 40 feet deep.
Several mudslides on Highway 1 have caused Big Sur to become isolated and hard to reach, but never fear, if you’re willing to pay a hefty cost, Post Ranch Inn is now offering a helicopter package for guests to witness the California gem. Mud Creek is about 25 miles north of San Simeon (Hearst Castle).
“I think there’s been slides this big, but I don’t know that I’ve heard of any slides this big on Highway 1”, Madonna said of the latest slide at Mud Creek.
There are attractive driving roads all around the world, but California’s Pacific Coast Highway is among the best of the best.
After this most recent mudslide, the situation could become even more dire for restaurants in the area.
Now the only way into Big Sur south of Pfeiffer Canyon is by helicopter, or via the long and treacherous, over-mountain Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, which is being used by some locals to access the 101 freeway.
One of California’s rainiest and snowiest winter’s on record may have finally broken the devastating drought that had gripped the state for the last five years, but the damage caused by floods and landslides has taken its toll as the erosion of the state’s coastline accelerates. The highway is the main artery running through Big Sur, a remote, picturesque stretch of coast whose beauty makes it a major tourist attraction.
CNN reported that authorities have closed all access to that stretch of highway and have no timetable on when it will reopen.
“Typically when it rains for a few days, you can expect small slides that our maintenance crews can clean up in a few hours”, Jim Shivers, a CalTrans spokesman, said by phone on Wednesday.