Gibraltar Road Damage

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Gibraltar Road Damage
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By the edhat staff

A resident of Gibraltar Road shared the below photos from the recent storm damage. A section of the road appears to be washed out with a Tesla trapped under some debris. 

The Tesla slide is located approximately a quarter mile past the Rattlesnake Canyon trailhead and the washed road is about a mile past the radio tower before reaching the west fork trailhead.

[Editor's Note: Photos of the Tesla submerged in debris in the above photos have been removed at the request of the vehicle's owner]


By Matt

I took some photos of lower/mid Gibraltar on Wednesday morning.

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Luvaduck Jan 12, 2023 08:03 AM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Amazing no one was hurt. You may know it's not safe out, but there's no warning when rocks tumble downhill or a road section collapses.

LDK57 Jan 11, 2023 08:03 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

My friends live directly above that. The Tesla owner is their neighbor. Flores Flats is quite a ways above that.

AQUAHOLIC Jan 11, 2023 10:01 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Do you know the story? I am a Tesla owner and would be very curious to know if the car was repairable after all the mud! Update if you can please.....thanks!!

FernaldPoint93108 Jan 11, 2023 12:22 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

The pictures of the Tesla were removed. That was the best part!

paglinsb Jan 11, 2023 08:04 AM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Thank you for these! I can’t get over it. I keep saying “wow” as I look at them.

a-1673398316 Jan 10, 2023 04:51 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

That road is nothing to mess with in a bad storm. I learned that firsthand a couple years ago. We had a really cold storm rolling through and I'd heard it was snowing in the mountains, so I decided to take my kids up Gibraltar to the snow along Camino Cielo. I was born and raised here and had gone up to Camino Cielo many times over the years as a teen and young adult to play in the snow. We get about a mile and a half up from El Cielito, come around a corner and I see the road ahead abruptly changing from black to white. As we crossed into the white, suddenly heavy snow/slushy hail is coming down extremely hard. I was starting to lose traction after driving in it for less than a half mile and we weren't even up to the Rock yet. I had to turn around in the middle of that narrow road mountain very slowly and carefully so I wouldn't lose traction and slide off the road, all the while hoping a car wasn't coming around one of the blind corners to collide with us. We made it out fine, but it was one of the scariest moments in my life.

sacjon Jan 10, 2023 03:02 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Oh man! That is really bad. I hope it's fixable. That road is one giant, long memory lane!

mm1970 Jan 11, 2023 09:15 AM
Gibraltar Road Damage

I'm thinking there's no Pier to Peak this year.

And also...folks who live at Flores Flats (which I believe are past that part where the road fell apart) - how do they get out? They can get to ECC, but 154 is closed...

Lew Riffle Jan 11, 2023 08:45 AM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Yeah this has got to be the worst it has been damaged since it was paved!

Basicinfo805 Jan 10, 2023 02:14 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

The Big Sur area slide on Hwy 1 is a giant version of this and yes, with a lot of time and money they can do amazing things. It won’t be fast and it won’t be cheap.

Currently, based on the photos it doesn’t even look sage for a single lane. The bikers and hardcore downhill skaters are probably stoked.

Minibeast Jan 10, 2023 02:04 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

How is this even reparable? Thank you for sharing these astonishing and frightful photos.

LCP112233 Jan 10, 2023 03:46 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Highway 1 through big sur deals with this type of problem on a regular basis, and always repairs it. The engineering is amazing.

Basicinfo805 Jan 10, 2023 02:03 PM
Gibraltar Road Damage

Tesla owner now realizes that wasn’t a good time to do Gibraltar.

paglinsb Jan 11, 2023 08:10 AM
Gibraltar Road Damage

What happened to them? Are they OK? Looks like they were caught in the slide.

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