The CCC helps build Big Sur emergency trail

CCC at Big Sur State Park

California Conservation Corps members work on clearing brush from the proposed Pfeiffer Canyon Trail in Big Sur, Calif. on Wednesday, March, 8, 2017. The trail would link the south and north of Big Sur so residents can have access to either side of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1, which has been closed and condemned due to damage from recent storms. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

March 30, 2017

Corps members from centers in the Monterey Bay area and San Luis Obispo helped get an emergency trail in Big Sur ready ahead of schedule. The CCC assisted California State Parks in building the trail for local residents, allowing them to go from one side of Pfeiffer Canyon to the other after the collapse of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1.

Crews worked in rain, cold, wind and mud for nearly two weeks straight, lugging 200-pound beams uphill for the half-mile trail.

The trail is now open from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, limited to local residents, children and workers in the area.