Contact: Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director
831-625-6226 /

Traffic Delays Expected On California Highway 1 For Big Sur International Marathon

The 32nd annual Big Sur International Marathon is Sunday, April 30th. The 26.2-mile foot race, a major sporting event on California’s Central Coast, necessitates the temporary closure of California Highway 1 from south of Carmel to Big Sur for a half day. Highway 1 traffic throughout the Monterey Peninsula north of Rio Road will not be affected.

Though Highway 1 is closed to through traffic south of Big Sur, residents needing to access their homes and travelers wishing to view the coastline and village of Big Sur are able to do so only in CHP-escorted caravans at designated times between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. The highway will be re-opened to through traffic at 1 p.m.

Thousands of runners and walkers from 49 states and 35 countries will be traveling north on a point-to-point course along Highway 1 from Big Sur toward the finish line at Rio Road in Carmel. The inland lane of Highway 1 will be used for emergency vehicles and the car caravans between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Southbound traffic along Highway 1 to Big Sur will be restricted south of the Carmel Highlands beginning at 4 a.m., though travel to the Carmel Highlands is open until 7 a.m. For Monterey Peninsula residents and tourists needing to head south after this time, CHP-escorted convoys will leave from the Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel at 8:45 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Northbound traffic from Big Sur will be closed at Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park at 3 a.m. All others traveling north from Big Sur Village must leave by 6 a.m. or enter into a northbound caravan leaving from Big Sur at 7:20 a.m., from Pt. Sur at 9:50 a.m. or from Palo Colorado at 11:55 a.m. All times are approximate and subject to delays.

Race spectators wishing to enjoy the excitement of at the Marathon finish line can travel from Highway 1 onto Carmel Valley Road and south on Carmel Rancho Blvd. to nearby public parking areas. The finish line can be best viewed from the west (ocean) side of Highway 1 just south of Rio Road. Runners and spectators can also gather in the “Marathon Finish Village,” the location of participant service tents offering food, massage, merchandise, entertainment, awards and more.

The Big Sur Marathon’s By-the-Bay 3K taking place on Saturday morning, April 29, will also result in minor short-term street closures and delays in the city of Pacific Grove. The By-the-Bay 3K for local school children and their families will take place along Ocean View Blvd. heading west from Lovers Point to Coral Street beginning at 8 a.m. Ocean View Blvd will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. between Fountain and Coral to accommodate the gathering of 5,000 children and adults registered for the race. Post-race festivities in Lovers Point Park will conclude by 11 a.m.

For a copy of the car caravan schedule or questions on access and travel delays, please contact the Big Sur International Marathon office, 831-625-6226 or


Posted by: Stan Russell | April 25, 2017

Big Sur All Strings/Fiddle Camp June 19-25, 2017

Big Sur All Strings/Fiddle Camp June 19-25, 2017

We are in the middle of sign-ups now. We have space for 15 more students, preferably, but not restricted to the ages of 11-24. I hope to have sign-ups complete by May 15th.

The new website and registration is found at

We have 16 stellar instructors from as close as Big Sur and as far away as Russia.

Community and friends save the date for The Big Sur Fiddle Camp Concert on June 24th – second poster to follow in late May.

Applicants can Write me here or at info

Lygia Chappellet

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 25, 2017

New additional access times for Paul’s slide


*New additional access times for Paul’s slide*


  • [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.]

· Starting tomorrow, Wednesday April 26th there will now be a noon time opening for traffic.

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM


· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

· Note: Mud Creek access hours remain unchanged.

· Another update will be provided mid-day on Friday, April 28.

This was a collaborative effort with Unified Command and Caltrans.

Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
para Caltrans en el Distrito 5

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***Tickets for the BIG SUR FASHION SHOW: IN YOUR DREAMS go on sale this Monday, April 24th at high noon (12 pm PST) HERE. ***

(The show will be Fri, May 19, 2017, 6 pm at the BARNYARD SHOPPING CENTER in Carmel, California!)

Get ready! Set your timers! Tell your friends! Don’t hesitate for a minute! TOMORROW IS THE DAY TO ACT!


Our audience theme this year is “Chasing the Rainbow.” We invite you to wear your favorite color or rainbow attire. Please join in the fun!

Live entertainment at the Reception/Will-Call/Glamour/Music/Bar hang-out from 6:30-7:30PM in the Barnyard Gardens before moving to the plein air main venue for the Main Show starting at 8PM with the Big Sur Fashion Kids Show!

Remember, this is a FUNdraiser with 2/3 of the net proceeds going to the CPOA’s Big Sur Relief Fund of the show and 1/3 going to The Henry Miller Library!

Please consider joining us this year with a personal or business sponsorship!!!

Your sponsorship is not only an opportunity to generate focused attention for your business to an ever-growing, devoted fan base, but directly supports, in a one-of-a-kind-way, an event that beautifully delivers a grassroots arts program to all ages, serves as a leadership development platform for community members, and supports a vibrant, joyful arts community in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula.

(You will also get some great perks with your sponsorship!) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

We are happy to announce that Treebones is our title sponsor!

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017

Waste Management services/schedule update for Big Sur

Here is updated information regarding Waste Management services/schedule for Big Sur:

  • Businesses and residents north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will be serviced on schedule with no delays.
  • Businesses and residents south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will have their material picked up every other week on Friday. The next pick up day is tomorrow, kskromme (831-796-2220) to process an adjustment.
  • Roll off dumpsters are placed north and south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and are available to be used by residents and businesses. On Friday, April 21st WM, Inc. will be sending another covered 40 yard roll off box south of the road closure.
  • Credit adjustments are available to businesses and residents south of the road closure. Please contact Kristin Skromme ( (831-796-2220) to process an adjustment.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017

Slide at Chimney Chute has been cleared

From Caltrans:

The slide this morning at Chimney Chute, PM 20, was not large. As a result the Caltrans Willow Springs Maintenance group just reported that the slide has been cleared and all lanes are open near Limekiln.

IMPORTANT NOTE – CALTRANS PFEIFFER CYN. BRIDGE (PM 45.5) All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.
It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.

There is a reported slide on State Route 1 at Chimney Chute, PM 20, just south of Limekiln on Thursday, April 20 at 11 am that closed both lanes.

We hope to provide an update when there is more information to report and when the slide is cleared.


All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area. It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 20, 2017



All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout area south of the bridge

by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.

It is very important that the construction team have access to this area.


*Same information as Tuesday, April 18, with new information on parking area south of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge noted above*

SR-1 Full Closure—Ragged Pt (SLO PM 72.87) to the Multi-Agency Facility “MAF”(MON PM 46.35).

• As roadwork to restore Mud Creek (PM 8.9) gets underway, effective Monday, April 17, residents going through Mud Creek (PM 8.9) will have an access window similar to Paul’s Slide, but longer to allow passage through both work sites. Resupply schedule on Fridays is also slightly longer.

• Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is open to the public. 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.

• Friday deliveries: Residents and deliveries will be allowed through at Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek once per week on Fridays between 5:00 am – 9:30 am, and 5:00 pm – 8 pm. Delivery

vehicles are limited to 30 feet in length and up to 50,000 pounds.

• Residents have unlimited access between Gorda and Limekiln State Park and from north of Paul’s Slide to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Four gates are closing the roadway overnight

at the following locations: 1) south end of Mud Creek (PM 8.8); 2) north end of Mud Creek (PM 8.9); 3) North end of Limekiln Creek Bridge (PM 21.07) and 4) north end of Hermitage wall

(PM 22.42). Emergency services will have overnight access to the locked gates.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9):

• As of Monday, April 17, there will be limited resident access through Mud Creek due to major restorative work above the roadway; access is limited to 5 am – 6:30 am and 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

This will be for a minimum of four to six weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

• For now, unlimited resident access will continue to be allowed daily if they are in between the gated areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s, or north of Paul’s Slide to south of the Pfeiffer Canyon

Bridge closure.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6):

• As of March 22nd , there is limited access due to major excavation above the roadway; resident access is limited to 5:30 am – 6:00 am and 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This will be for a minimum six

to eight weeks and we will continually evaluate for opportunities to improve local resident access.

• For the Friday opportunities to resupply, access is limited to vehicles weighing 50,000 lbs., with a maximum vehicle length of 30 feet.

• Work will performed 24/7 as conditions allow, and updates will continue to be provided.


• All vehicles must be cleared from the Rancho Rico area, the turnout south of the bridge by Friday, April 21 so that construction equipment can access this area.

• Demolition of the bridge is complete: The final span (span 1) came down Wednesday, March 22. Bridge debris clearing from the canyon is nearing completion and utility relocation has begun. ** Please stay clear of the area for your own safety and to allow the construction team to work on re-building this vital part of the road.

• All business north of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure are open to the public.

• Due to changing weather conditions, sections of State Route 1 may be closed at any time in the interest of public safety.


• Due to the nature of the construction activities, access will be subject to change on a regular basis.

• Another update regarding the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast will be provided mid-day on Monday, April 24 or sooner if conditions change.

• NOTE: For information on emergency services only (not Caltrans inquiries) for the Big Sur Coast, you may contact Gerry Malais, Mon. Co. OES via email at: malaisg or

Maia Carroll, Mon. Co. OES PIO at carrollm.

• **Caltrans wishes to thank all the agencies that have been working with us to help expedite the repairs and reconstruction of the Highway 1 Big Sur Coast—especially and most recently,

utility companies PG&E and AT&T for their expedited work and support in the reconstruction efforts at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

Jim Shivers

Acting Manager

Caltrans District 5

Public Information Office

(805) 549-3237

Hello Everyone,

Post Ranch Inn, Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery reopening Thursday, April 20th.

Post Ranch, Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery are all reopening on April 20th. We are all excited to reopen our businesses, and hope that the community will pass on this message to their friends. Post Ranch will be flying its guests by helicopter, flying to and from Del Monte Aviation, which is located at the Monterey Airport directly to Post Ranch along the coast. Post Ranch will only be open for breakfast and lunch for its in house guests, and dinner by reservation. Nepenthe will be open for lunch, dinner and cocktails. The Phoenix Shop and the Hawthorne Gallery will be open 7 days a week.*

We look forward to getting our employees back to work, and appreciate everything that CPOA and the community have done to get the trail built and support the business community and its employees.

* Presently, Highway 1 south of Pfeiffer Canyon is still closed to the general public so Nepenthe, Phoenix Shop and Hawthorne Gallery will be serving locals and customers of Post Ranch Inn. Highway 1 south of the Pfeiffer Canyon is expected to open to the public at the end of May and we’re looking forward to seeing everybody again.

Post Ranch Inn has posted a nice video promoting their helicopter service.

Nepenthe/Phoenix Shop has an online store available. Also, the website camera has a view of the coastline.

Hawthorne Gallery

Mike Freed on behalf of Post Ranch
Kirk Gafill on behalf of Nepenthe and Phoenix Shop
Greg Hawthorne on behalf of Hawthorne Gallery

Posted by: Stan Russell | April 19, 2017

Update from CPOA

Hello Everyone,

Now that the dust has settled to some degree, the Coast Property Owners Association would like to bring you up to date on developments that have been taking place during this latest community disaster and a look at what may develop soon.

As soon as it was known that the Bridge was condemned, a Unified Command system was instituted. The core community organizations at the center of this process were, and continue to be, the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce and the Big Sur Coast Property Owners Association. These three organizations immediately partnered up with Monterey County Office of Emergency Services along with other cooperating agencies including California State Parks, Cal Trans, Monterey County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol, US Forest Service, as well as County Supervisor Mary Adams, Assembly Member Anna Cabellero, State Senator Bill Monning and US Congressman Jimmy Panetta and their highly capable, results oriented staffs.

It was this initial ad hoc group that coalesced to problem solve issues like the resupply of food for residents (estimated 450) trapped between Pfeiffer Canyon and Paul’s slide. It was also this group, in concert with Heather Lanier and Carissa Chappellet from Rancho Rico, that spearheaded the concept and implementation of a community trail on State Park property.

There are now ongoing efforts to establish a new normal on both sides of Pfeiffer Canyon.

At about the time the Community Trail was under construction a second group, the Big Sur Economic Recovery Taskforce, was formed by Supervisor Mary Adams. This group includes many of the same individuals and organizations populating the Unified Command as well members of the Monterey County Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Monterey County Hospitality Association and the Peninsula Chambers of Commerce. As implied by its title, the group’s focus is to work through obstacles to reestablish a robust tourism industry not only in Big Sur, but also throughout the Central Coast of California.

Currently, the group is focused on establishing parking solutions and alternate transportation modalities for visitors driving south from Carmel. Under discussion is parking to be developed at Molera Fire Camp, the Molera lower parking lot and around the ball field at Pfeiffer State Park. These locations would then act as loading zones for shuttle buses. To implement this strategy, a shuttle circulation plan between these points needs to be developed and a shuttle operator identified.

As part of the strategy for moving visitors, it has been suggested that local entrepreneurs may want to register themselves and their vehicles as UBER or Lyft transportation providers. One creative local has already taken steps to initiate an electric bicycle rental business.

Also under discussion is establishing a park and ride lot somewhere on the Peninsula (Marathon Flats, Rancho Canada) where employees could park and carpool and/or shuttle bus south to work.

South of Pfeiffer Canyon, the challenges are even more pronounced. The best-case scenario is that the Highway to the south will be open to the public, on some controlled level, by Memorial Day weekend. Until then, Helicopter guests visiting Post Ranch and public access through the Community Trail are the primary engines of commerce. Trail access by the public is predicated on a working parking-shuttle system operating on the north side of the Canyon.

That access will require a viable traffic turn-around solution somewhere near Loma Vista, completed Highway repairs up to and including at the Deli and some form of visitor transportation from the trailhead, to points south. Then there is parking for residents and workers using the trail to go north…… The next steps on these issues will involve Cal Trans Traffic and Construction Engineers in collaboration with adjacent land owners and the Unified Command.

Further South, the communities in and around Lucia, Pacific Valley, Treebones Resort and Gorda have endured great uncertainty due to the nearly constant closure of the Highway and, until recently, the closure of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. There is currently a request into Cal Trans to modify the open times for local and vendor traffic through Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek to allow for noon passage, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This would make life easier to manage for everyone as long as it does not add significant time to a full opening of the Highway to the public.

Many in the Big Sur Community are concerned with the degradation of both the environment and the quality of the visitor and resident experience. Traffic, illegal parking and lack of public restrooms are cited as major ongoing problems associated with living in and visiting Big Sur. With that in mind, this is an opportunity to pivot, hit reset, tackle proof of concept and provide some solutions to these problems.

The teams assembled above are working together toward positive outcomes. They are supported by the business leaders in Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula as well as the political and agency decision makers in Monterey, Sacramento and Washington DC.

If you have any ideas or recommendations to contribute, please email them to me at info

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Big Sur Coast Property Owners Association and the wider community, I’d like to thank the Community Foundation for Monterey County for their support and partnership in helping those impacted by the Sobranes Fire of 2016, and the winter storms of 2017. Additionally, I would like to recognize two members of the Hospitality Industry, specifically Mike Freed and David Fink, for their leadership in developing a campaign to provide economic relief to employees suddenly out of work. Well done Mike and David!

Butch Kronlund, CPOA

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