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Old 10-20-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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offroad graded roads between LA and SF (near coast)?

in two weeks my friend and i will be headed off on our adv-ified drz400s & dr350s for 4-5 days starting out in LA. we feel like getting back to the coast after some death valley sort of rides. i have done the LA-SF (and beyond) coastal route quite a few times, but always on a street bike, so i'm not familiar with non-paved routes.

we're looking for off the beaten path roads but nothing too technical. gravel or just disrepair would be ideal (keep the cars away).

i have some decent maps but can't seem too many roads close to the coast like i am looking for. there are some roads inland but they are indicated as gated and i can't figure how to get to them (they start out of nowhere on the maps). i am sure some of you have ridden these roads. those are options, with popping out to the coast to camp a few times.

any input is appreciated! if i can't find anything we may just head inland either north or south but i haven't been up the coast in years could use the catharthis of the ocean right about now.

thanks.

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Old 10-20-2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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Old Coast Road is the most popular one on the northern end. It's near Big Sur and goes from Andrew Molena State Park to Bixby Bridge.

There are a lot of dirt roads around Nacimiento-Fergusson Road...check out Day 2 on my ride report around San Simeon.

Check out California Coastal Byways.



I've got a copy of that book at home and can give some more suggestions after work if you'd like.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:56 PM   #3
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in two weeks my friend and i will be headed off on our adv-ified drz400s & dr350s for 4-5 days starting out in LA. we feel like getting back to the coast after some death valley sort of rides. i have done the LA-SF (and beyond) coastal route quite a few times, but always on a street bike, so i'm not familiar with non-paved routes.

we're looking for off the beaten path roads but nothing too technical. gravel or just disrepair would be ideal (keep the cars away).

i have some decent maps but can't seem too many roads close to the coast like i am looking for. there are some roads inland but they are indicated as gated and i can't figure how to get to them (they start out of nowhere on the maps). i am sure some of you have ridden these roads. those are options, with popping out to the coast to camp a few times.

any input is appreciated! if i can't find anything we may just head inland either north or south but i haven't been up the coast in years could use the catharthis of the ocean right about now.

thanks.

wes
Right now a fire between San Luis Obispo and Monterey has closed some of the good stuff in that area. Meantime, see if you can find West Camino Cielo Road up behind Santa Barbara.. may be just up your alley. Paved, kinda, but real goaty and off the beaten path. Need more dirt.. try Sierra Madre Road off Hwy 166 East of Santa Maria.

Just a little more inland is the Carrizo Plain National Monument. 20 miles of graded dirt on the West side on Soda Lake Road, connecting Hwy 166 to Hwy 58, and closer to 40 miles of dirt on the East side on Elkhorn Road.

What kind of bikes are your riding? That info will help folks direct you to appropriate roads.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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What kind of bikes are your riding? That info will help folks direct you to appropriate roads.
In the OP: "adv-ified drz400s & dr350s"
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:21 PM   #5
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In the OP: "adv-ified drz400s & dr350s"
oops. Yeeesh. I guess we now know who the real noob in this thread is!
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:44 PM   #6
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Hey there;

I'm the other rider in this upcoming trip. Thanks for the ideas, I ordered up that book you recommended. Keep those ideas coming!

I was checking out your thread here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=CEDRIC

Looks like an AWESOME ride. At a more exploratory pace, that might fill up lots of our four days. Would those roads be mostly open?

Great stuff. I'm flying down from Canada, where it's now -5 degrees Celsius in the morning, and I can't wait to get back to the land of milk and honey...

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Old 10-20-2008, 08:08 PM   #7
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I was checking out your thread here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=CEDRIC

Looks like an AWESOME ride. At a more exploratory pace, that might fill up lots of our four days. Would those roads be mostly open?
Barring rain (and none is forecast for the area for the rest of the month) all those roads should still be open by the time you get here. It will be considerably warmer than home!
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:43 PM   #8
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Woah, that ride does look like it was awesome!!
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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dyvking wont steer you wrong Him and ideaman have told me about some roads near Mammoth that did not disappoint. then another near Wrightwood a little on the short side but still very nice!
I have ridden on West Camino Cielo on my K75s it was more like a exercise in dodge the pot holes for 20 or so miles the best part of it was that I drug my friend Rick and his GF Betsie plus their little doggie that rides too.
All this on a bigazz Screemin Eagle Electra Glide

Walt How you doin?sorry I missed you at the plains
cleanup day. I was the pit crew at my friends desert race.

I saw John/Computerless at the BMW Ventura open house
when I ordered some liners for my new TOAD SUIT!!







Hope to see you guys at a bike ride or other function soon! OK highjack over carryon
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:28 PM   #10
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I saw John/Computerless at the BMW Ventura open house
when I ordered some liners for my new TOAD SUIT!!
Hiya Don! Did you get the suit yet?
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:50 PM   #11
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O yeah I talked to dude the following Tuesday and had it by Thursday and it fits like a glove perfect!!

I took lone pine cyn.to angeles crest to big pines to valyermo too...well you get the picture. I turned a 3hr 150 mile ride into a 6hr 270 ride home all on twisty roads with no freeways.

All the next week you could'nt wipe that smile off my face!!
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:02 PM   #12
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oops. Yeeesh. I guess we now know who the real boob in this thread is!
Adjusted a little

And the dirt portion of West Camino Cielo is gated right now after the Gap fire
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:33 AM   #13
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Well, yeah. That too!

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And the dirt portion of West Camino Cielo is gated right now after the Gap fire
Hmm.. that's kind of a bummer. I wonder if you can still get down the Santa Ynez side of Refugio Road? Maybe they could ride up and over from Refugio Beach.

East Camino Cielo should be open for these guys though, right?
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:29 AM   #14
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Well, yeah. That too!

Hmm.. that's kind of a bummer. I wonder if you can still get down the Santa Ynez side of Refugio Road? Maybe they could ride up and over from Refugio Beach.

East Camino Cielo should be open for these guys though, right?
Don't know for sure about Rufugio but probably open. And yes Gibralter Rd and east Camino Cielo would be a good diversion from the slab.


How many days left, Walt?
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:34 PM   #15
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Don't know for sure about Rufugio but probably open. And yes Gibralter Rd and east Camino Cielo would be a good diversion from the slab.

cool thanks, you guys are very helpful. off to google maps to plot out these roads!

what is the park services district up there? i am assuming i can call to see which roads are open.

i can't believe rincon is still not open. its been, what, a year now? i'm glad i rode it right before it closed.
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