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Old 04-23-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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Nacimiento-Fergusson Road - need advice

I'm going to be in San Luis Obispo next Tuesday morning on my way back to the Bay Area. I was planning to ride up CA 1 (PCH) - which I have done before and like. However, I was wondering if this is the time I should ride the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road?
And if so, what is a good/enjoyable way to get there?
Do I go past Paso Robles on 101 to Jolon Road?
Do I get off 101 in Paso Robles, ride to Lake Nacimiento, then Interlake Road west of San Antonio Reservoir?
I understand that I have to enter and go through Hunter-Liggett. Where is the entrance? I need ID and insurance, is that all?
I've read that the road is all paved, but has many tight/blind curves and steep drop-offs. And no services till the coast. Anything else I should know or plan to do?
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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The most direct route is Jolon Road, which is the way I went to get to the National Forest this past fall. I ended up doing an extra loop in the FHL base because Mission Road seems to go 3 directions and I missed my turn, but got straightened out in less than 5 minutes. If you take a closeup map of the FHL roads you won't get lost. Speeding is a big no-no on the base, so you may as well go straight through.

The day I was there, nobody checked ID, hunting weapons, or anything else. I hear that is normal when there isn't any training exercises going on. You don't need to go into secure areas to get to Nacimiento Road.

The road is really twisty. I made my wife carsick in a Geo Metro, and she doesn't get carsick ever. There are probably some potholes, as it is secluded area. There also might be gravel in the road from long vehicles clipping the dirt in sharp corners. You may even see some wild pigs and deer.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Much more scenic and virtually no traffic the whole way and even a little easy graded dirt on Cypress Mountain Dr.


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Old 04-23-2013, 04:19 PM   #4
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You could also go a bit more out of the way and take in 229, which is a fantastic little stretch of road coming out of SLO and ending up in atascadero.
Gas up before heading over as once back on the coast after nac/fer there is no gas until Big Sur and that place is steep for gas $$. If you can make it to Carmel you have cheaper refueling options.
the entrance if I recall is on mission rd off of jolon rd. It is hard to miss.
No need to tell ya to keep it at/under the limit while in the base
The road can have lots of gravel in the corners as it is not that well used, but coming east to west you do get some awesome views.
You can also take the old coast road loop on the way up if you want some dirt.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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The most direct route is Jolon Road, which is the way I went to get to the National Forest this past fall.
The road is really twisty. I made my wife carsick in a Geo Metro, and she doesn't get carsick ever. There are probably some potholes, as it is secluded area. There also might be gravel in the road from long vehicles clipping the dirt in sharp corners. You may even see some wild pigs and deer.
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Much more scenic and virtually no traffic the whole way and even a little easy graded dirt on Cypress Mountain Dr.
Thanks for the map. Since I'm actually in Morro Bay, maybe I'll do this. I've had good, and bad, experiences on "easy graded dirt". How long? and flat, or up the side of the mountain?

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You could also go a bit more out of the way and take in 229, which is a fantastic little stretch of road coming out of SLO and ending up in atascadero.
Gas up before heading over as once back on the coast after nac/fer there is no gas until Big Sur and that place is steep for gas $$. If you can make it to Carmel you have cheaper refueling options.
the entrance if I recall is on mission rd off of jolon rd. It is hard to miss.
No need to tell ya to keep it at/under the limit while in the base
The road can have lots of gravel in the corners as it is not that well used, but coming east to west you do get some awesome views.
You can also take the old coast road loop on the way up if you want some dirt.
Someone has mentioned 229 to me before - maybe my buddy's brother-in-law who lives near there.
Thanks for reminding me that once I get to the PCH I still need to get to Big Sur or Carmel Valley for gas.
Watching out for gravel seems to be the big thing, as well as other vehicles on blind turns.

I appreciate all your help guys.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Much more scenic and virtually no traffic the whole way and even a little easy graded dirt on Cypress Mountain Dr.


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that's a good one. same route we did last year.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:37 AM   #7
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Flat and graded no more than 5 miles to Klau Mine.

This is Cypress Mountain Dr where it turns back to pavement at Klau Mine Rd intersection.



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Old 04-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #8
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note, be absolutely sure to have your drivers license, CURRENT vehicle registration, and CURRENT insurance info at hand, they often check this at the gates to Hunter Liggett Military Reservation.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:56 PM   #9
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hunter/liggett

there is not a need for any paper work to travel thru and over the hill in either direction as you enter the base from either direction
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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there is not a need for any paper work to travel thru and over the hill in either direction as you enter the base from either direction
when did that relax? never USED to be that way but as of 9/11, all bases like that were put under high security. I'll admit, its been 3-4 years since I've crossed Hunter Liggett, at that time they still had the barricades setup at the western border of the base, which is in the middle of freakin' nowhere, and a DHS rentacop toting a M15, checking IDs and registration, where'ya going? etc etc.
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i rode through in feb and also mar 25 weekend, Easter
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:05 PM   #12
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when did that relax? never USED to be that way but as of 9/11, all bases like that were put under high security. I'll admit, its been 3-4 years since I've crossed Hunter Liggett, at that time they still had the barricades setup at the western border of the base, which is in the middle of freakin' nowhere, and a DHS rentacop toting a M15, checking IDs and registration, where'ya going? etc etc.
You should get out more.
The military dropped the security facade sometime last year, and as of last February ... still no stopping required. You just ride through. No more tacky Rent-A-Cops checking ID/Insurance/registration.

But the advice to GO SLOW through the base still counts. They will nail you for 5 mph over the ultra low limit.

And be SURE to go see Mission San Antonio at the North end of the base.
One of our best and uncrowded California Missions. Perfect stop for a picnic.


Mission San Antonio

Ferguson-Nacimiento rd. as it drops down to Highway one heading West. Spectacular road all the way.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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ah, yeah, I haven't been out and around much this last year. broke a foot last summer and mostly been laying low.

and for sure, the views from N-F road on a clear day are gorgeous. I've had all sorts of fun around those parts in the past.

july 2001...


february 2003....
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:37 PM   #14
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My last view didn't look as good as Pierces'...But still awesome!



...and +1 on the Mission San Antonio.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:53 PM   #15
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I've camped out at Mission San Antonio a couple times, with my Astronomy club, providing a star party for a girlscout campout there.

mon, that place gets hotter than Hades in the Fall.
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