A Big Sur mountainside that had been on the move for most of the winter gave way over the weekend in a landslide that locals say is the biggest along the scenic stretch of coast in decades.
The slide occurred at Mud Creek, just south of the community of Gorda and 25 miles up Highway 1 from San Simeon. The episode is the latest in a series of highway-closing slope collapses triggered by the extraordinarily wet winter along the coast.
Before this weekend, the most disruptive of those incidents involved a mudslide that knocked out a bridge just south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and just north of Big Sur Station.
Caltrans says a new bridge will be in place by the end of September.