PCH Likely Won’t Re-Open Until Summer
A large chunk of the road collapsed during heavy rains in late January. Currently, the road remains open from Carmel/Monterey thru Big Sur to about two miles south of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and the popular McWay Falls at milepost 34.
Visit California posted this information on Twitter in response to a PubClub.com inquiry:
“Road repairs have closed Hwy 1 about 12 mi south of Big Sur in Monterey County to 12 mi north of Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County. For alternate routes & open businesses & learn the best ways to complete the coastal road trip during the closure here: bit.ly/2OO22Xj.”
Road repairs have closed Hwy 1 about 12 mi south of Big Sur in @SeeMonterey to 12 mi north of Ragged Point in @VisitSLOCAL. For alternate routes & open businesses & learn the best ways to complete the coastal road trip during the closure here: https://t.co/Zktl7u5CMD.
— Visit California (@VisitCA) February 16, 2021
The repairs will take a while – likely several months according to CalTrans – because the area is too unstable for crews to begin repair work. “It is too early to establish a timeline,” CalTrans spokesperson Kevin Drabinski said.
Northbound drivers can still take in the lower portion of PCH, which goes through Morro Bay and its famous rock and past Hearst Castle (which is currently closed due to COVID-19).
The quaint town of Cayucos is just a few miles south of Hearst Castle and is an excellent option for a short vacation.