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Big Sur still closed?

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Big Sur still closed?

Hello is Big Sur still closed? If we go now, will we be able to see the iconic photo of Big sur cliff that features on many travel sites?

Also, is Jan a good time to do highway 1 trip in california?

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1. Re: Big Sur still closed?

The replacement bridge at Pfeiffer Canyon has not been opened yet. The latest is they have postponed the completion date from September to October. But nothing is for sure until they schedule for the opening ceremony. A big part of Big Sur is not accessible by car for the time being. If your trip is not until January, I think you have a good chance to reach Big Sur and see those sights, although you won't be able to drive all the way south through Highway 1 until they have repaired the Mud Creek mudslide (another highway closure) around mid 2018.

Edited: 16 September 2017, 05:25
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2. Re: Big Sur still closed?

Big Sur was never closed....the road leading to it was closed. And yes, that road is still closed. There are many posts on this subject with the latest info. The locals there are great in keeping folks up to date.

Jan is good in that it's not as crowded. Keep in mind though that it's the rainy season then and you MAY encounter further closures and rockslides. Also, daylight hours are somewhat shorter leading to shorter touring days.

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3. Re: Big Sur still closed?

Maybe if you share your plans we can give more specific advice. Where are you starting and ending, where are you planning to stay, and how many days do you have to visit Big Sur?

As far as the month, January can be marvelous, with clear skies and even mild temperatures. Or it can be rainy, windy and cold. If it has been raining heavily or is forecast to rain heavily, I would probably not drive into the heart of Big Sur. That kind of weather is what brought the road down last winter (and causes smaller landslides pretty much every winter).

Even though you can't drive 'through' Big Sur, you can still access at least 25 miles of northern Big Sur by driving south from Carmel. By January, you may well be able to go beyond that current closure.

What will not be open in January is the closure in southern Big Sur. But, depending on your plans, that might not be an issue for you.

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4. Re: Big Sur still closed?

"Big Sur" is often used to define a pretty large area of coastline. You could always reach a lot of what many term Big Sur - the village area, Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park - but the southern section remains inaccessible. In the "Top Questions" section at the top right of the page on non-mobile there is a link for "What's Accessible" that details what is and what is not open down there. Even things on the list are still accessible; they just now require a short hike and a shuttle ride.

January is not a good time to come. From about November to March is this area's rainy season. The massive storms that caused all of these closures mostly occurred in January and February. It's much cheaper and less crowded, but the weather may be terrible, and more of Big Sur may be inaccessible. The road closures there are almost an annual event, just not usually this bad.

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5. Re: Big Sur still closed?

Thanks guys. I am getting mixed reviews on January. Regardless, if we go, we'll be starting from San Diego direction. Can we see the following?

1) Arch at Pfeiffer Beach

2) McWay Falls

3) Bixby Bridge

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6. Re: Big Sur still closed?

You will only be able to access those view points coming from the north (Monterey/Carmel).

That means you'll have to drive straight up Highway 101 and cut over to Monterey from Salinas via Highway 68. You'll need at least one midway stop if coming straight from San Diego, so plan an overnight in Pismo Beach or San Luis Obispo.

Bixby Bridge is currently accessible

Pfeiffer Beach may or may not be accessible by January. They've been using the access road to store building materials for the bridge replacement. The road will need to be repaired once the bridge replacement is complete and we don't know how long that might take. Last winter's storms wreaked havoc on that road, as well.

McWay Falls should be accessible by January as long as there are no further slide issues.

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7. Re: Big Sur still closed?

Hi can you tell me which parts of big sur is assessable were planning on driving through on 18 October

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8. Re: Big Sur still closed?

#2, lisaparrot:

The situation has not changed until the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is completed and open. Please read posts 1-6 for details. It was anticipated to be opened some time in October. It may benefit you if it does before your arrival date. Check a couple of days before your trip. But plan assuming it is not opened yet.

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9. Re: Big Sur still closed?

>>> if we go, we'll be starting from San Diego direction. Can we see the following?<<<

You do understand that Big Sur is 500 miles north of San Diego, correct?

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10. Re: Big Sur still closed?

The Herald has an article today detailing the work done and still required at the Mud Creek site.

montereyherald.com/general-news/20170923/mud…

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