Wildfires suck. They destroy everything—including your favorite hiking trails, sometimes leaving them closed for decades at a time. But now a popular Big Sur trail flanked by redwood trees that leads down through a gorge to a 60-foot waterfall is set to open Friday after a 13-year closure.
13 years ago, a wildfire destroyed access to the Pfeiffer Falls Trail near Big Sur, California. Now, $2 million in restoration expenses, and over a decade later, the trail is set to reopen to the public on Friday, June 18, according to the California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League, a San Francisco conservation group.
ABC News reports that California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League officials replaced more than 4,150 square feet (385 square meters) of asphalt and concrete and seven stream crossings—all of which were destroyed by the 2008 Basin Complex Wildfire. They even put in a newly aligned trail and a 70-foot-long (21-meter-long) pedestrian bridge that spans the Pfeiffer Redwood Creek ravine.
The views on the new pedestrian bridge are “dramatic,” eager officials with California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League told ABC News.
Please recreate safely in the outdoors this fire season and remember the never-too-true cliché that only you can prevent wildfires.
California State Parks and @savetheredwoods to Reopen Fully Renovated Pfeiffer Falls Trail in @PfeifferBigSur on June 18.
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Photo courtesy of @savetheredwoods. pic.twitter.com/CPXBM3s6ys
— CA State Parks (@CAStateParks) June 14, 2021