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Forums » California » PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

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ohno9999

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by ohno9999 »

I live in San Luis Obispo, CA where you can connect to Highway 1 to Morro Bay and up the coast to Carmel.  This is a very popular route as it is one of the most beautiful drives in America, so I wanted to let people planning a trip to this area to be aware of this closure.

There is a beautiful old bridge, often seen in photos of this drive, called Pfiffer Bridge.  It is crumbling to the point that it cannot be repaired so they are going to tear it down and build a new bridge.  Earlier this week when this was announced they throught it would have to be closed for 6-9 months but they have already updated that to more likely a year. 

I know this will greatly disappoint people who plan a trip around this beautiful section of California that hugs the coastline so here is what you can do:  you can drive up as far as Ragged Point from the South.  This is about a third of the way to Carmel.  From the North you can drive down to Big Sur.  It is the area in between that is closed and there are no alternatives to get back to Highway 101 except to turn back around.  That would mean from the South you would go back to Morro Bay and then across to 101 to continue North.  You could, if you had the time, drive down from Carmel to Big Sur.  Both drives would be beautiful but inconvenient.

There is a old, but magnificantly situated hotel at Ragged Point (called Ragged Point Inn) with both a restaurant and a fast food place so it is possible to spend the night right on the edge of the Pacific, and have a meal.  They are going to be suffering big losses in tourism this next year so would be nice to support them.  Also, you could visit the fishing village of Morro Bay, San Simeon (Hearst Castle) and depending on the time of year, a hugh colony of elephant seals and their pups, in that area.  There is also a fun small town called CambriaPines North of Morro Bay about 40 minutes, so there is no shortage of things to do and see.  I am not as familiar with the drive South although I have been on it many times in the past.  You could still have a wonderful time in the part that is open.  There is some beach access as well.

There was a very large article about the closure in todays' local newspaper (2/26/17) that you could likely google.  It is the San Luis Obispo Tribune.  I hope this helps some of you thinking of doing this drive to avoid last minute disappointment.

 

 

 

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mquartz

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by mquartz »

THANK YOU for this concise message!

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ohno9999

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by ohno9999 »

In Response to Re: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17):[QUOTE]

THANK YOU for this concise message!


Posted by mquartz[/QUOTE]

You are welcome although I want to add that the trip is still totally worth it if you have the time.

On the North side, after Big Sur, you can continue on Highway 1 North for a slightly different terrain.  I have driven it in a convertible sports car on a sunny day and there is nothing quite so enjoyable!  Two years ago I did a road trip to Lincoln, Oregon mostly on Hwy 1, but picked it up again from about Eureka to save some time  and that was a totally worth it drive as well.

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mews61

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by mews61 »

So if we wanted to drive down from San Francisco to Big Sur, those roads are fine?  I know the Post Ranch Inn is currently closed, but we were hoping to go there In June and we were told they expect to re-open in April. Given the current circumstances, we were prepared to change our plans (although unsure as to where to go!) Thanks for your help!

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55vineyard

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by 55vineyard »

It is not likely the road will be open by then, plans are being worked on by Caltrans and they do not expect to have anything other than possibly a pedestrian bridge for locals soon. Check the Caltrans website for updated conditions or BigSurKate's blog.

Check lodging in Monterey or Carmel. I stayed at the Highlands Inn in Carmel Highlands ten years ago (it is now a Grand Hyatt) and it has beautiful ocean views from high up on the cliffs. Food was good as well. There is also a Tickle Pink Inn a short walk away.

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Jennyrayne

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by Jennyrayne »

We are arriving in San Francisco, California late July.  This route is on our bucket list.  I know we can't do the whole route, but can you tell me the best way to get on it?  

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ohno9999

RE: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17)

by ohno9999 »

In Response to Re: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (HWY 1) CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BIG SUR 6-12 MONTHS (starting 2/23ish/17):[QUOTE]

We are arriving in San Francisco, California late July.  This route is on our bucket list.  I know we can't do the whole route, but can you tell me the best way to get on it?  


Posted by Jennyrayne[/QUOTE]

There are a couple of ways to connect with Highway 1 from SFO, but slightly different if you are leaving from the city of San Francisco.  I just googlemapped it and suggest you do that too.  If coming from the airport you could take Highway 101 South to 92W, then about 21 miles later, take 280S to 84W to HWY 1 South.  For this trip to Big Sur it is about 3 1/2 hrs.  By using 280S instead of 101S, you can avoid the nasty traffic of San Jose.  280S is a pleasant alternative.

 

However, if you are leaving from the city of SF, I would take 101S to 280S to HWY 1, just above Serramonte (after Daly City (61 miles on 280) and connect much higher on HWY 1, and it is a different kind of beautiful then the lower coast road.  From SF to Big Sur on this route takes approximately 3 hrs and 17 minutes.  You would get to see more of the coast on this route.

 

I  used googlemaps.com to map these routes.  Hope this helps.  I would use the website for CalTrans to get up to date information on just how far South you can go on HWY 1 for your dates.  And, important if watching the clock, these routes don't include time for the many many times you will want to pull over and take pictures or just enjoy. 

 

 

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