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Old 08-24-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Oct. 24/25 weekend - South Coast Ridge Road ride



There is some talk of a bit of camping and exploration of the South Coast Ridge Road (Los Padres NF). If you don't know where that is, it's between Fort Hunter-Liggett and the Pacific Ocean, south of Big Sur and north of Hearst Castle.

Picture riding up from/down to Hwy 1 on the foggy coast:


To the dry ridgeline of the Santa Lucia Mountains:


Last time I was there some interesting roads were closed:

but I am unaware of any fires in that area this summer, and the roads are open!

If necessary there are good eats to be had in the area:


but I am hoping for some good camp grub, refreshments of course, and exploration of a road I only just peeked at last year...


I have no idea where the the road ends. Maybe it goes all the way to Hearst Castle - Interested?

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http://ponart.com/2007_08_15/SCRR.html
Lots of pics; Alder Camp is an idea for the night(s).

http://motorcycle-intelligence.com/b...way-riding/59/

a Google Book

Google Book 2

Google Book 3
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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i think it will take you to plaskett creek.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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I remember taking that gravel road just north a few feet of Bixby bridge into the hills. I had to turn around because I was running late, but what a great view. Can't wait to get back in that area and do some more exploring. My garmin showed a TON of gravel roads in that region. Can't wait!
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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the road at the bixby creek bridge is the Old Coast Rd, and comes out near Andrew Molera S.P. Anything off it is private no tresspassing.

the South Coast Ridge Road is off the top of Naciemento-Fergeuson Rd, considerably farther south.

About 4.5 miles from Naciemento, there's a fork that goes to the west and dead ends on a knoll overlooking the coast, frequently used by hang gliders. another 2.3 miles, you meet the top of Plaskett Ridge Rd, which comes out at Plaskett Creek on the coast. AFAIK, you can't go any farther south on the ridge road.

There are various roads that drop down the EAST side onto Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, don't be surprised to find yourself in an tank testing range littered with UXB.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:11 PM   #5
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Sounds interesting. Don't know whether i'll be able to go at this time.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #6
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so pierce,

SCRR runs into Plaskett Creek Road eh? Gurgle has the other roads labeled "Fort Hunter Liggett" even if it places them in Los Padres NF; I am guessing it is the boarder road, since it's shape mirrors the nearby reservation boarder, and not a road leading to practice grounds. Probably a USFS fire road since they provide fire protection to the reserve (I read).

Eventually they connect to Hearst's Burnett Creek Road, but that must not be open since it goes to the castle...


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Old 08-24-2009, 08:55 PM   #7
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kick on the satellite view, and you can often tell where the gates are normally closed as the roads will have a sharp discontinuity

actually, I might have been too conservative there, I'm pretty sure you can usually get down to the coast on Los Burros Rd (NF route 23S01) somewhat south of Plaskett Creek, in fact just south of Willow Creek. But I wouldn't head down that way unless you A) have plenty of gas to turn around and head back the way you came, and B) are prepared for some bad roads.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:03 PM   #8
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You can loop back down to Hwy1 on Willow Creek Rd from the Ridge Rd. The Ridge Rd south of Willow Creek Rd. is a dead end, but still worth checking out. All the spurs were open when I was there (2007), and there are also a few roads heading into the fort that were un-gated. The road basically follows the border of Hunter Liggett, so as long as you don't go east from the Ridge, all is well!

Edit....and what Pierce said about Los Burros Rd.
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pierce you are such a tease and thanks to you too canpile for sharing. I'll take a look at the satellite photos a little closer...

una mas: another Google Book with specific info on SCRR. Says it hits a gate 26.1 mi after leaving the NF Road.

I remember going past the trail for Lion's Den but maybe I didn't get the few more miles before bike issues made me turn back - solo trips are not for testing issues in my book.

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:46 AM   #11
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I should be off dog sitting duties by then so I should/could make it.

It's been a long time since I've bicycled that area. Isn't there a look out station/tower a 1/4 mi hike from the end of the Ridge Rd? I remember some absolutely amazing views from there. And breathing really hard.
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Heya Mike,

A hall pass is always a good thing.

I think the bit your thinking of is the part that runs the other direction from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. They call it Cone Peak Road (pierce will know the FS route # - handy fella) and I think there is a watchtower there maybe atop Cone Peak? pierce also mentioned some amazing viewpoints on the South Coast Ridge Road.
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Heya Mike,

A hall pass is always a good thing.

I think the bit your thinking of is the part that runs the other direction from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. They call it Cone Peak Road (pierce will know the FS route # - handy fella) and I think there is a watchtower there maybe atop Cone Peak? pierce also mentioned some amazing viewpoints on the South Coast Ridge Road.
I think you've got it, Cone Peak sounds familiar.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:13 AM   #14
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I should be off dog sitting duties by then so I should/could make it.

It's been a long time since I've bicycled that area. Isn't there a look out station/tower a 1/4 mi hike from the end of the Ridge Rd? I remember some absolutely amazing views from there. And breathing really hard.
i believe thats off the ridge road on the north side of naciemento... Cone Peak. and its more than 1/4 mile hike, more like 1.5 miles, or something.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:30 AM   #15
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If you head down Los Burros Rd. a couple of miles
from South Coast Ridge Rd. you'll
come to a fork in the Rd. near a home alongside Los
Burros Rd.

If you take the left fork it goes out to a dead end
on the ridge above the ocean and a beautiful campsite.

Some decent dirt riding involved are there are a few
good downhill sections going out (uphills on the way
back). It sits right up above Gorda.







Not the most big-bike friendly of spots but it can be done.


Oh, and BTW: If you're doing this one in October and have room on the ride left, I'm in!!!

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