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Old 03-08-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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Route Questions in Big Sur Area

Hey fellas... And gals!

I am planning to do a ride with friends in the Big Sur Area, but none of us have ever been there.

I have a couple questions on whether roads are open/ok to ride and if there are better roads to take. We are looking for some road but a good chunk of dirt if possible. Some us are pretty experienced off road, and others a little less. We will be riding a Tigers, and GSes... so the big bikes!

Here's what i got so far:


ROUTE 1 (On the left)

Coast Road. This one i know is open and ok because there have been so RRs done on this... but what do you guys think it will be like this time of year???

ROUTE 2 (On the right)

This takes Palo Colorado Canyon Rd all the way through Little Sur Campground, and then throws us back onto Highway 1. From Google Maps, seems to be a pretty nice, single, paved road. Is this true? If so, would you recommend this route or another (possibly more dirt??)


Second part will be this:



This route is:
  1. Nacimiento Fergusson Rd
  2. S Coast Ridge Trail
  3. Prewitt Campground (Maybe to sleep)
  4. S Coast Ridge Rd
  5. Salmon Creek Rd
  6. Burnette Creek Rd
  7. Hearst Castle Road
  8. Back to Highway 1

I really don't know that area and Google Maps isn't always the best source! Please help!!

Thank you!
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:58 PM   #2
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Someone please answer this!

I have taken the dirt road at Andrew Molera State Park and it went inland and back south dumping out in Big Sur somewhere. It has been a long time but as long as it is dry you can do it on big bikes no problem.

One of my favorite pictures was taken on this loop:
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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I'm almost positive Hearst Castle Road is closed to the public. It is paved, but the only vehicles that travel it are the buses that take you from the parking lot at Hwy 1 up to San Simeon.

Your Route 1 was definitely open in November, I've never heard of it being closed.

If you want some good dirt (and views) that I just did back in October coming home from the Horizons Unlimited gathering, this was doable back then. Not sure how muddy it would be now, but definitely worth checking out. You'll not that Apple campground is on that route, but I don't have any details about it.

A buddy and I are planning on being down there this weekend, so if you have time, we may explore/discover some other routes and report back.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:26 AM   #4
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Route Questions in Big Sur Area

Nice shot brianwheelies!

Thanks for the input ThirdBestFriend. I was leaning towards it being closed as I did more b more research. I'll look into the route mentioned though! Mud just makes the adventure more adventurous!

Please do update though if you go in the area!


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Old 03-10-2014, 10:46 AM   #5
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We've done the Coast Rd on Tigers no problem. It is half exposed and half under the trees. Might be a bit slippery in places after a rain, otherwise should be fine.

I don't think your Route 2 goes through, but I'd love to hear about it if it does... .

Route 3 is mostly exposed and goes through if you come down to Hwy 1 on Los Burros Rd. It's a great road. I'm pretty sure TBF is right, the road through to Heast Castle is gated
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:01 PM   #6
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Route 1 (Coast Road) goes through.

Route 2 (Palo Colorado Rd) does not. I believe you can get
back as far as Camp Pico Blanco, a Boy Scout campground.

Route 3 (Nacimiento Rd/south Coast Ridge Rd) goes through
but you need to access Los Burros Rd. back down to HWY 1
on the south end. It brings you out on HWY 1 just north of
Gorda by the Treebones resort.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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Ok thanks guys.

And are either Nacimiento Rd/south Coast Ridge Rd or Los Burros Rd dirt or are they paved??

If time permits, i will try route 2 and update you guys/
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:57 PM   #8
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Nacimiento is paved but it is one of the curviest, most beautiful roads anywhere. Count on low speed due to numerous switchbacks.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:38 PM   #9
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Ok thanks guys.

And are either Nacimiento Rd/south Coast Ridge Rd or Los Burros Rd dirt or are they paved??

If time permits, i will try route 2 and update you guys/
I can guarantee you route #2 does not go through.

My brother is a scoutmaster and has put time in at Pico Blanco for years
now. That is rough steep country. It's hiking trails after that. If you're
not with the scouts you might not be able to even access Pico Blanco.

Nacimiento is paved. SCRR is dirt, Los Burros is dirt. It's about 25 miles
from the top of Nacimiento/South Coast Ridge Rd. back down to the
bottom of Los Burros/HWY 1. South Coast Ridge Rd. continues on
down the spine of the Santa Lucia mountains for another 15+ miles
after the Los Burros Rd. intersection. It finally dead ends at a gate to
the Hearst San Simeon property.

That would be a pretty challenging 30 mile round trip on a big bike
if you miss the Los Burros rd. turnoff.
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Oh ok thank you! That avoids a trial and fail attempt!

Ok i will be sure to create a waypoint on the GPS ahead of time! So i checked online and Google calls Los Burros "Will Creek Rd"... is that the same? Seems like Los Burros branches off from will creek rd and dead ends...

What about Plasket Ridge Road?

Answered the ^that^ question...

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Anyone have issues camping off Coast Ridge Road or some of the other dirt roads listed above?
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:29 AM   #12
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Anyone have issues camping off Coast Ridge Road or some of the other dirt roads listed above?
Plaskett Ridge road unfortunately is gated. It runs through private
property and the property owners allow emergency vehicle access
only.

There are good camping locations off of Coast Ridge rd, especially out
on Prewitt ridge. Incredible views.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:42 AM   #13
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Plaskett Ridge road unfortunately is gated. It runs through private
property and the property owners allow emergency vehicle access
only.

There are good camping locations off of Coast Ridge rd, especially out
on Prewitt ridge. Incredible views.

Damn. thanks for the heads up though!

Sweet... Looks like we will just set up camp somewhere out there.r

Looking like a wonderful weekend! Can't friggin wait!

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There are good camping locations off of Coast Ridge rd, especially out
on Prewitt ridge. Incredible views.
By this, did you mean we could setup camp several places along the road, or were you referring to campgrounds...?
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By this, did you mean we could setup camp several places along the road, or were you referring to campgrounds...?
It's all primitive camping up there, no established campgrounds. Find a
place you like and set up.
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