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IMPORTANT, READ THIS POST FIRST FOR INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING BIG SUR!!
Highway 1 is now open fully between Cambria and Carmel. Remember to drive safely, and there is no camping along the side of the road.
Portions of Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District are still closed in the area of the Dolan Fire including Nacimiento-Fergusson and portions of South Coast Ridge Road. Businesses are open.
Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps... if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.
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For generations, it was one of the most popular attractions in Big Sur.
Thousands of people every year hiked up the Pfeiffer Falls Trail, a 1.5-mile round trip route through a redwood-lined stream in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park leading to a 60-foot waterfall.
But the trail and six of its wooden bridges, stairs, signs, hand railings and an observation deck, were destroyed in the 2008 Basin Complex Fire. The landscape has long since recovered. And now a new trail has risen from the ashes after years of back-breaking work interrupted by floods, more fires, budget shortfalls, the COVID pandemic and other delays.
“This trail is going to make a lot of people’s day,” said Marcos Ortega, superintendent of state parks’ Big Sur sector, on a recent hike through the redwood forest. “It’s kid-friendly. You get to see a waterfall. You’re in the redwoods. It gives you the full Big Sur experience.”
12:20 pm – SiliconFire in San Jose in the foothills near the 101 X 85 interchange is running hard to the south for now. This is a harbinger/portent of things to come today and this week into this weekend. At 12 noon, it was reported to be 50 acres with rapid rate of spread.
From Los Padres Forest Watch. Some valuable information here on wildfires and forests that I felt was important enough to repost here.
Act Now: Tell Congress to Protect Forests Ask your members of Congress to protect Pine Mountain, Mt. Pinos, and other forests on public lands from unnecessary logging. Stop the push to reduce “regulatory hurdles” for projects proposed under the guise of wildfire mitigation, forest “health,” and “resilience” that can harm forests and put species and our climate at risk. We don’t have to sell out our forests to protect our communities. Contact your members of Congress.
Read the New California Wildfire Report Co-authored by ForestWatch StaffA new report on fire ecology and policy was recently prepared by the Environment Now Foundation and released to the public. The report contains sections authored by scientists and conservationists, including ForestWatch’s very own conservation director, Bryant Baker. Learn more and read the report here.
Recording of Smokescreen Webinar With Dr. Chad Hanson Now AvailableDr. Chad Hanson, forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, author of the new book, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate recently joined us for an excellent presentation and conversation about the misconceptions surrounding wildfire in California. A recording of the webinar is now available to watch. Watch the recording here.
I expect to start this feature up next week from something a friend is bringing me this week. More next Monday.
Actually, something I ordered came in today and it is an original, edited by Emile White, I will either start publishing Emil White’s 1954 take on Highway One, or Don Harlan’s 1988 version of Highway One.