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Isolated Stretch of Big Sur Opens to the Public Again

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    Isolated Stretch of Big Sur Opens to the Public Again
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    The Big Sur landslide that closed off a portion of California’s coast was so big it “could have filled 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools, buried Highway 1 more than 65 feet deep, and created about 13 acres of new land,” USGS scientists said Thursday.

    A portion of Big Sur which has been cut off since February by a collapsed bridge and a massive landslide is accessible again.

    The San Jose Mercury News reported a public hiking trail that links visitors to popular tourist attractions in south Big Sur opened on Saturday.

    A daily shuttle takes visitors to the half-mile trail, which was initially built for locals to circumvent the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge after it was badly damaged by winter storms and had to be demolished.

    It was narrow, rugged and slippery but recent upgrades to make the trail safer now allows visitors to reach the isolated stretch of Big Sur.

    Kirk Gafill, the president of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, estimates the area has been losing $300,000 in revenues every day.


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