California Trails

Living the Hike-In Life in Big Sur

Citizens in the coastal town--cut off from civilization by a damaged bridge and landslides--share the challenges of isolation.

Does living in a Pacific coastal town that can be reached only by trail sound like paradise? Not so fast, the residents of Big Sur told CNN. After storm damage ruined a bridge on the north side of town and two landslides buried the highway on the south, the people of Big Sur have had to hike between their homes and the rest of the world. Check the full story for the scoop on the many challenges, including isolation from medical care, a severe drop in tourist business, and having to supply local restaurants with a wheelbarrow.