After a massive landslide deposited six million cubic yards of rocks and created 2,400 feet of new shoreline, the iconic Highway 1 has been closed at Mud Creek — south of Esalen — for more than a year. The reopening of the southern Big Sur coast as of Friday, July 20, will allow full access to the Central Coast from southern California without detouring north through Salinas or via the mountainous Nacimiento Fergusson Road.
This new section of highway is built across the slide material and buttressed with a series of embankments and compacted soil.
Driving Directions After July 20, 2018
After the July 20 highway opening (scheduled for 11:00 a.m.), guests coming from the south can take Route 101 north to San Luis Obispo, and then take Highway 1 north to Esalen.
- We are approximately 100 miles north of San Luis Obispo.
- When you reach Lucia, a bend in the road where there is a restaurant and motel, you are 10 miles south of Esalen.
- Look for the Esalen Institute sign on the left side of the highway, at mile marker 32.4.
See our Getting Here page for driving directions from the south if you plan to visit before July 20.
Photos of the Mud Creek slide and construction site featured on this page are courtesy of Caltrans.