How Paul’s Slide got its name …

•January 15, 2017 • 13 Comments

I received this from a local (South Coast) businessman:

“Sorry kate..i don’t follow the ‘local vernacular names of slides..’ not sure where ‘Paul’s Slide’ is.” Hmmm… You don’t follow?? What does that mean? You think these are just the names we locals made up for each other? Paul’s Slide is north of the Rock Shed, and south of the Hermitage. It is listed on Cal Trans  – and many other Mile Markers guides. As I was answering him/her, I realized that many of you are relatively new to my blog or the South Coast and may not know the history of the names of our most re-occurring slides.

Paul’s slide was named after Paul Collins who worked with Rock Knocker in the 80’s and 90’s at Willow Springs. Some of these names have persisted for over 60 years. Long before many of us were even here. Paul’s Slide, as a name, has only been around a bit over 30 years. I have been sworn to secrecy as to WHY Don Harlan named this one Paul’s Slide.

Here is what I responded to the South Coast business man.

“XXXX, these aren’t “local vernacular names of slides.” Don Harlan named them. And all Cal Trans and the locals follow the tradition Don started.

Don Harlan was born and raised here. His family dates back to the 1800’s. [He watched the North and South sections of Highway One get connected in the 30’s.] They had equipment on the ranch which he learned to run as a child, and when Cal Trans needed an equipment operator, they hired him. He was sent up to Livermore, where he was a lead worker, and then he was returned to the South Coast as Supervisor at Willow Springs in the 50’s until he retired in the 80s. He taught Rock Knocker every thing he knows. He came to Rock Knocker’s and my wedding (in 1993) wearing his hard hat when he was in his 80’s. He was never without it.

Don Harlan typed up the names of all the slides in an 11 page document, how the names came to be, and a hand drawn map of the area indicating where they were. I scanned and posted all of this in a continuing story on my blog a few years ago. Don Harlan was an Original Road Warrior, and there was no one like him then, and none now. Cal Trans has a copy of this historic document, as do I. I scanned it.

If you are interested in the area in which you live, look it up on my blog. Then read it….”

Here is my introductory piece to get you started. Now it is up to you to learn the rest. (Enter Don Harlan or Personality One in the search box for more.)

How Elephant Trunk Got its Name

Also, one might be interested in reading the geological history and definition of terms about rock falls, rock slides, debris flows etc. with maps etc. which can be found in the pages links to the right on the History of Highway One.

This is an absolutely fascinating study on the history of mud and rock slides along Highwsay One in Big Suri from the opening of the hiway until 2000. MUST read for all of us interested in this,

History of Closures of Highway One in Big Suro (Thanks Jeff Mallory for finding this and sharing it.)

Mud Creek Photos – Now and then

•January 14, 2017 • 1 Comment

These are by Cal Trans from yesterday:

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What these photos do not show, thus the dangerousness, is the view up top. There is a whole hillside breaking loose.

Rock Knocker has been taking photos of this area since 1980. He has claimed the entire slide are. I’ve posted photos of this last year, 2011, and 2010. You can find a few at these links:

2011:

2010:

 

And there was one last year, too. Just use the search engine on the right, and type in Mud Creek, and you get ALL sorts of information!!

Road Closure Update, 1/14/17

•January 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

CALTRANS UPDATE
Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:00 AM

State Route 1 continues to be closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down in multiple locations.

Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Lucia or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.

In addition, there a full closure on Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to a mud/rock slides within the existing boundary of this closure.

Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south from Monterey who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 3 pm this afternoon.

This escort will also take place from 8 am until 3 pm on Sunday, Jan. 15. However, no escorts will take place on Monday, Jan. 16 due to the State Holiday, hence the road will just remain closed from Ragged Point to Lucia. An update will be provided at 12 noon tomorrow.

South Coast, Big Sur – Almost an island, 1/14/17

•January 14, 2017 • 4 Comments

Although locals can be escorted through Paul’s Slide which is just north of the Rock Shed, and south of Lucia, the Mud Creek Slide, about a mile south of Gorda, has slammed shut.There is a manned closure at Gorda. This is expected to continue at least through the weekend. We are expecting an update around noon.

There is a contingency of 256 bicyclists leaving Monterey today to head south. I wrote them and advised them to take 68 to 101, due to our closures. Nacimiento would be EXTREMELY dangerous, even more than usual, as those of us who live here have only that option, and it is very narrow, only one lane in one spot. I hope they heeded my advice.

As you all know, Palo Colorado Canyon has been closed at about 3.3 miles in due to a failed culvert and the collapse of the road. This one will take quite a while to repair.

As always, take care of each other, be mindful of the closures and potential closures, and use this lull between storms wisely, as I know all Big Surians will.

bigsurkate

Mud Creek Closed to All

•January 13, 2017 • 5 Comments

Subject: RE: Hwy. 1 Closure Update as of 10:20 am

Full Closure on Hwy. 1 to everyone (including local residents) at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to an active mudslide at this time.
There is no estimated time when this section of Hwy. 1 will re-open.
There is no limited access through this location at the present time.

Next Update this afternoon, Friday, Jan. 13, around 3 pm

– The northern closure moves down to Lucia (PM 23) at 8 am today and the southern closure remains at Ragged Pt. (SLO PM 72.87)

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There is also still an active slide at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).

Road & Rain Conditions, 1/13/17

•January 13, 2017 • 11 Comments

Caltrans Afternoon Update – Monterey  Hwy 1 Closure Update at 3 pm

State Route 1 is closed from Ragged Point (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (MON PM 23.00) due to rock/mudslides and trees down in multiple locations.  Motorists may travel south on Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Lucia or travel north from Cambria to Ragged Point.  In addition, there is a full closure on Hwy. 1 at Mud Creek (MON PM 8.88) due to a mud/rock slides within the existing boundary of this closure.     Hwy 1 is open to local residents traveling south who will be escorted through Paul’s slide (MON PM 21.6) to Gorda (PM 10) until 4 pm this afternoon. This escort will also take place from 8 am until 3 pm Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15.  An update will be provided at 12 noon tomorrow.

Jim Shivers

Caltrans District 5

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High water on Rocky Creek forced a culvert to fail and cause a section of Palo Colorado Road to slide on Thursday. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

10 am –

For Immediate Release
January 13,2017
PALO COLORADO ROAD CLOSURE AT APPROXIMATELY MILE POST 3.3

The Monterey County Resource Management Agency – Public Works announces the closure of Palo Colorado Road as a result of a culvert/road section failure. The failure is due to flooding on Rocky Creek associated with the recent storms. Palo Colorado Road will be closed until further notice at approximately Mile Post 3.3, which is past the Fire Station but before Long Ridge Road.

Local and through traffic will not have vehicular access beyond that location.

Palo Colorado Road will be closed for an extended period of time (at least 30 days). However, RMA Public Works engineering staff will be evaluating damages to the road and will develop a plan to provide needed repairs as swiftly as possible. This is a major issue, and will require substantial road reconstruction.

For additional information, please contact County of Monterey Resource Management Agency Division of Public Works at (831)-755-4925 and our County website listed below.

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency/public-works/road-conditions-closures

8:30 am – and from the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade:
Cheryl Goetz, Mid-Coast LEAD
Anyone living above the Rocky Creek-crossing approx 3 miles up the road on Palo will be hard closed! Only emergency equipment allowed due to the road base deterioration. Plan accordingly for a possible long closure!

8:00 am –
Good morning everyone,

Thank you for your patience in receiving our updates.

Update to the Public and Locals:

Thankfully, the slide at Esalen (PM 33.10) was cleared last night, so the northern closure will move down to Lucia (PM 23) at 8 am. 200 cubic yards of slide material came down Mud Creek (PM 8.8) last night, so the southern closure remains at Ragged Pt. (SLO, PM 72.87).

LOCAL RESIDENTS, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND EMPLOYEES will have access to
and from Ragged Pt. to Pitkins (PM 21) but will most likely have to be escorted around Mud Creek. There is also still an active slide at Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).

HWY. 1 REMAINS CLOSED from Ragged Pt. (SLO PM 72.87) to Lucia (PM 23) as of 8 am.

5 am – fortunately we have several days of clear weather in which to recuperate and clean up. The highway is still closed to the motoring public from the Fuller/Grimes area to the County Line. LOCALS ONLY MAY be able to get through from south of Paul’s Slide to Ragged Point, and from Lucia north, but Paul’s Slide is problematic. If you are NOT a local, please do not try to travel in the closed areas, as you could be a ticket, get stuck, or worse, and cell reception is virtually non-existent.

There is also a slide at Esalen, which requires driving on the shoulder. The Willow Springs crew managed to open one lane at Mud Creek before dark last night, but did not expect it to stay open over night, as it continued to ooze. Moon and stars were quite bright after all the cloud cover. IF you are out and about at all today, be patient, obey closure signs, and thank a Cal Trans worker.

Here is the slide at Esalen, photo by Dawn Fielding of Esalen.

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Since I am able to upload photos, I suspect my satellite is sufficiently recovered to be back to what passes for “normal” for me.

Update to Rain & Road Conditions 1/12/17

•January 12, 2017 • 1 Comment

Another update from Kate (her internet is down again):

Willow Creek:

New slide of rock across the road at the big dirt turn out of Willow Creek towards the middle to north end. Since the big turn out is there you can drive into the turnout to avoid all the rock across the road.

Palo Colorado Canyon:

3 pm – I am getting reports of some nasty problems up Palo Colorado Canyon at 3 miles and at the Hoist. My internet is again extremely intermittent, so having difficulty following up on this and getting further information. As soon as I get something definitive, I will email it to Luke so he can post for me.

Esalen: there is a slide near Esalen, but locals can get past it on the shoulder, I understand.

Caltrans:

3:00 PM 12 January 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you for your patience in receiving our updates; cell phone reception was very difficult today.

Update to the Public and Locals:

The northern closure continues at Grimes Canyon (PM 42.0). The southern closure remains at Ragged Pt. (SLO, PM 72.87)

LOCAL RESIDENTS, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND EMPLOYEES will be allowed access from Grimes Canyon (PM 42) to Lucia (PM 23), as long as conditions allow.

LOCALS now have access to and from Ragged Pt. to Pitkins (PM 21.3). There are still multiple slides between Mud Creek (PM 8.8) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6).
but LOCALS needing access will be allowed in between.

So the update to the PUBLIC is: HWY. 1 REMAINS CLOSED from Ragged Pt. (SLO PM 72.87) to Grimes Canyon (MON PM 42). The hotline recording will be refreshed to reflect the changes. Another update will be provided tomorrow morning, soon after 9 am.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there.

 
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