Big Sur Information

•July 21, 2018 • 95 Comments

Header Photo, by bigsurkate


For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide



New link added to the right under 3 categories: Big Sur/LPNF; Local News; and Representatives Monterey County Government Link


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.


(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Lost Dog – Reward

•April 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment
Went missing yesterday April 20th from upper Partington Ridge around 4pm – sweetest little gal named Susie.
Reward for helping to bring her home safe!
Please contact Linda 667 0241
Thank you!

More Tidbits on Gamboa Trail

•April 21, 2019 • 2 Comments

From Sylvia Trotter Anderson: The Californian, Salinas, CA 27 Oct 1916


The Californian, Salinas, CA 19 Jan 1917



Photo Sunday – Happy Easter, 4/21/19

•April 21, 2019 • 2 Comments

From Dan Danbom:

Big Sur Saturday Tidbits, 4/20/19

•April 20, 2019 • 8 Comments

Nov 24th 1916 Monterey American – Forest Trails Being Improved

Persons who travel frequently in the mountains of the Santa Lucia range within the Monterey National Forest will no doubt remember the “sore spot” in the Gamboa Trail on the seaward side of the main coast ridge just over the summit.  The trail crosses north of Cone Peak, dips down into a fork of Big Creek, and then climbs up again to “La Jollita,” running for a distance of about two miles on grades ranging from twenty-five to forty percent.

Since many of the people on the Monterey coast are obliged to pack their supplies in and driver or pack their produce out by this route, the steepness is a serious matter.

Forest Supervisor H. G. Merrill has secured authority from District Forester Coert Dubois in San Francisco to rebuild this stretch of trail on a grade of about fifteen per cent, provided the land owners who are interest will co—operate.  Already George Gamboa, Aaron and Paul Harlan, Santo and Tim Boronda and Ty Dani have pledged themselves to help and Ranger Robert Finley, who is in charge of the Forest Service trail crew, says he will have the project completed by New Year.

(Provided by Sylvia Trotter Anderson)

Draft (STR) Vacation Rental Ordinance now online

•April 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I realize I have surpassed my self imposed posting limit for today, but I know many of your are interested in this, so I wanted to get it out to you asap:

Vacation Rental Draft Ordinances and associated environmental analysis are available for public view at the following link:

In the link above you will find the following:

  • Notice of Public Availability of Proposed Vacation Rental Regulations [PDF]
  • Draft Ordinance Amending Title 20 (Coastal Zoning) Relating to Vacation Rentals [PDF]
  • Draft Ordinance Amending Title 21 (Non-Coastal Zoning) Relating to Vacation Rentals [PDF]
  • Draft Ordinance Amending Section 7.02.060 and Adding Chapter 7.110 Relating to Vacation Rental Activities [PDF]
  • Environmental Analysis





Climate Change & Big Sur, 4/19/19

•April 19, 2019 • 2 Comments

There is a fascinating history of science article that discusses the measurement of C02 emissions and the role a campfire in Big Sur played.

“Science historian Spencer Weart describes the Keeling Curve as “the central icon of the greenhouse effect.” It was, he writes in his book, The Discovery of Global Warming, “not quite the discovery of global warming. It was the discovery of the possibility of global warming.”

READ MORE: Climate Change History

Its origins can be traced to a campsite in Big Sur, California. In 1953, Charles David Keeling was a young postgraduate geochemist embarking on a study to compare the relative abundances of carbon dioxide in water and air. To do that, he first had to measure the level of CO2 in the atmosphere, which, to that point, nobody had done to any great precision. And because nobody had done it, there was no off-the-shelf equipment readily available to do so. So, Keeling made his own instrument, working from instructions for a prototype he found in a 1916 journal article, and he undertook the day’s drive to Big Sur. Unsure whether the CO2 even in pristine air next to the Pacific Ocean would be constant, he decided to take air samples every few hours over a full day and night, a meticulousness that would characterize his career.

“He lived by a kind of moral code that looked at there being a right way and a wrong way to do things, and the right way was always the thorough way,” explains Ralph Keeling, his son and the Director of the Scripps CO2 Program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.”

To read the rest of this fascinating article, see:

Big Sur Fire awarded grant, 4/19/19

•April 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment


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