Trail connecting two parts of Big Sur may open to public by June 1




Big Sur >> Local officials and business owners are hoping to allow public access on the foot trail that reconnected Big Sur by circumventing the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge by June 1.

A team of local volunteers, members of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, State Parks employees and California Conservation Corps members built the half-mile footpath in March to allow access for residents and employees of local businesses after the bridge connecting the canyon on Highway 1 failed. Brent Marshall, the Monterey District superintendent for State Parks, said the real issue for opening the Pfeiffer Canyon access trail to the general public is parking.

“We built the trail with no parking lot and no park planner or community planner would build an attraction with nowhere to park,” he said. “But we did it deliberately because it was an emergency.”

Marshall explained State Parks allowed locals using the trail to park at the Pine Ridge Trail parking lot and they mowed the meadow at Big Sur Station to provide further parking.

“We’re trying to find a shuttle system where we can have people park, maybe at Andrew Molera (State Park), where they can get shuttled in,” he said. “And then people could get dropped off, say in the campground.”

Kate Daniels, the chief of staff for Supervisor Mary Adams, said they are eyeing the portion of Andrew Molera used as a base camp for fire crews as a possible parking area for travelers interested in riding a shuttle into Big Sur and…

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