Is Overcrowding at Sykes Camp Getting Worse?

November 18, 2013

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Big Sur River at Sykes

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Trail Work

December 18, 2011

Pine Ridge Trail near Bad Gulch

The high winds at the end of November brought down an immense number of trees in the Santa Lucia mountains, leaving many trails looking more or less like this. Hundreds of trees, in fact,  have fallen on the Pine Ridge Trail between Big Sur Station and Sykes (the most heavily traveled section of trail in the Ventana Wilderness). Read the rest of this entry »


Zandy’s Bride at Molera: Part II

August 7, 2011

Last year we posted some photos from the set of  Zandy’s Bride – filmed at Andrew Molera State Park in 1974. The picture, starring Gene Hackman and Liv Ullman, was based on the book The Stranger in Big Sur, by Lillian Bos Ross. The set was constructed on the coastal terrace near the mouth of the Big Sur River.

As there’s been quite a bit of interest in the first batch of photos, we’ve now ventured deeper into the archives and uncovered some additional images …

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Flashback! Spring Equinox Celebration at Limekiln Creek 1968

March 19, 2011

Spring Equinox Celebration at Limekiln Creek. March 20, 1968

Photo by Jeff Norman


East Molera & Post Summit

March 13, 2011

The East Molera Trail begins with a moderate climb through live oak woodlands… Read the rest of this entry »


From the Vault: Zandy’s Bride at Molera

September 3, 2010

A good deal of the 1974 film Zandy’s Bride – based on the book The Stranger in Big Sur, by Lillian Bos Ross, and starring Gene Hackman and Liv Ullman – was filmed at Molera State Park, on a set constructed on the coastal terrace near the mouth of the Big Sur River.

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The Last Time Big Sur Burned – The ’72 Molera Fire

July 5, 2008

The last fire to burn through the Big Sur Valley was the Molera Fire in 1972 (we originally wrote 1974, but Sean Shadwell, who has clearly done less to damage his memory during the ensuing years, reminded us that it was really 1972). Whatever the year, the day itself was certainly memorable.

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