Road & Highway Info
|The Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) provides the only road access to Big Creek Reserve. The highway bisects the coastal slope of the reserve, crossing over the double-arched Big Creek Bridge right at the reserve entrance.|
Cal Trans recorded highway information - call 1-888-836-0866
Note: the reserve entrance is not marked and is easily missed unless you are alert and follow these directions:
From Monterey...drive south about 40 miles from Monterey, passing through Big Sur. Look for the sign that says "Esalen Institute". After Esalen, drive past the Lime Creek bridge and the Dolan Creek bridge. Then, 4 miles south of Esalen, you will cross the Big Creek bridge, 600' long and straight, made of cement. At the south (far) end of the bridge make a sharp left into a unmarked, gated driveway. The gate is made of metal, formed in the shape of a wave. If you come to Lucia, you have gone too far and must turn around and drive 5 miles back to Big Creek. (Monterey-Big Creek travel time = about 75 minutes, can be longer in heavy traffic.)
From Cambria...drive north about 50 miles. Drive past Lucia, a small restaurant/motel. Pass the Vicente Creek bridge, made of cement. 5 miles north of Lucia is the Big Creek bridge, made of cement with huge arches supporting it. Turn right into the unmarked, gated driveway at the south (near) end of the bridge. The gate is made of metal, formed in the shape of a wave. If you come to Esalen Institute, you have gone too far and must turn around and drive 4 miles back to Big Creek. (Cambria-Big Creek travel time = about 90 minutes).
If you get lost, call 831-667-2543 (manager's residence) or 831-667-0208 (steward's residence) for directions.