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The only way out of Big Sur: Hike


CONRAD WAS IN BIG SUR AND HAS MORE MONTEREY. CAITLIN: THEY HAVE TO BUILD NEW TRAIL AND CONNECTED A TO PINE RIDGE TRAIL. PEOPLE CAN GO FROM HIGHWAY 1, PULL IN, WANT TO THE CAMPGROUND, AND DOWN TO BIG SUR STATION. IT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO GET TO THE GROCERY STORE, AND TO WORK. WORK IS ON THE WAY TO BUILD A TRAIL AROUND PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE.>>WE ARE CREATING A BRAND-NEW TRAIL STARTING FROM THE GROUND UP. CAITLIN: WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CHECK ON THE WORK BECAUSE IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS AND WOULD HAVE SLOWED DOWN CHRIS. — DOWN CREWS.>>THIS IS IN STEEP TERRAIN. NOT GENERALLY WHERE WE WOULD PLAN TO BUILD. CAITLIN: CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS EMPLOYEES AND CONSERVATION CREWS ARE GOING IN TO BRUSH IT DOWN AND STEPS IN PLACE.>>UNTIL YOU SEE IT, YOU DON’T REALLY REALIZE. CAITLIN: HIKERS CAN WALK INTO THE BACKGROUND AND REACH PINE RIDGE TRAIL. WHILE I WAS CARRYING ANY GEAR, THE MAN BEHIND ME WAS, AND IT MAKES FOR A LOT OF EXTRA WORK. STATE PARKS AS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRESPASSING IN THIS AREA, AND ARE ASKING THAT THEY HEED THE CLOSED SIGN UNTIL THE TRAIL IS FINISHED.>>WE NEED TO RESPECT THAT UNTIL WE CAN GET THIS WORK DONE. EVERY TIME SOMEBODY ENTERS INTO THE AREA, THE WHOLE CREW HAS TO STOP WORK TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO PASS, WHICH REDUCES EFFICIENCY. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION FOR THOSE IN THE PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE, WHO HAVE BEEN TRAPPED SINCE THE BRIDGE HAVE CAUSED. CAITLIN: ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS IS THAT PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK IS STILL CLOSED. THE SOBERANOS FIRE AND WINTER STORMS HAVE DAMAGED THE AREA. THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO WAIT UNTIL THEY GET THE TRAIL DONE, THEN YOU CAN WALK IN AND OUT.

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