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Big Creek and Esalen
On the Big Sur coast, California

South of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park the former Slate's Hot Springs, a modest old-fashioned resort, in 1962 became the Esalen Institute, a center for human potential development and New Age studies and teaching. It is open only to program participants, except for "public night bathing" at the hot springs between 1 and 3 am (by reservation).

A large tract of land north of Gamboa Point, running from the coast up the mountains, is protected as the Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, managed for research and teaching by the University of California and not open to the public.

Many people stop at the Caltrans viewpoint south of Big Creek to photograph the double-arch bridge. An even more impressive unofficial (and dangerous) viewpoint is below the road at Gamboa Point.

Esalen Institute, Big Sur
Wikipedia: Esalen Institute

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Debris nets on the landslides north of Big Creek

Debris nets on the landslides north of Big Creek

Debris nets on the landslides north of Big Creek

near Big Creek on the Big Sur Coast, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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On a sharp ridgeline below the road at Gamboa Point

On a sharp ridgeline below the road at Gamboa Point

On a sharp ridgeline below the road at Gamboa Point

near Big Creek on the Big Sur Coast, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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