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Address: Big Sur, CA

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#1 adventure on PCH

Great detour from Bixby bridge. AWD recommended but not required when it's dry. Great nature and scenic views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great detour from Bixby bridge. AWD recommended but not required when it's dry. Great nature and scenic views.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco and took the Pacific Coast Highway. The drive through Big Sur was spectacular. We stopped as often as we could to take photos (which never do it justice). We also were able to feed a family of squirrels along the way, which we later found out are considered vermin in the US?!... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

There are a couple of reviews that are NOT of this road. This is the old, dirt-only road. It was a tough, long ride for me, but I'm the nervous one. Personally, I hated it and have never wanted off a road so badly in my life. Close to the cliff, no barriers, ruts from small to very deep, no... More 

4 Thank lillik932
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

this was a great trip. we started on the North end of the trail. There was a sign that said Impassable when wet and it was absolutely poring with rain. being that i had a 4x4 i wasnt worried, so off we went. you climb up a bit first and when you look back you have an awesome view of... More 

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Athens, Greece
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Turn off to the left going south just before Bigbie bridge. The entrance to this dirt road is poorly marked (on purpose?). A long 11.5 mile drive on rough terrain through the heart of the El Sur ranch. Not for the faint hearted. The road is narrow, pitted and muddy in places. But you drive through every conceivable landscape with... More 

2 Thank ZombietheGreek
Big Lake, Minnesota
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

This scenic gem starts just before the north side of Bixby bridge and quickly goes up hill from there! You start with great views of Bixby bridge from the back (the first 1/4 mile of this road is great for pics of the bridge with a turn around area up top), then quickly descend into a single lane through a... More 

1 Thank SkolVikings
Coronado, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

First let me acknowledge that it's an El Niño year, only 24 hours after serious rain, and I drove it in a Prius. Even under these conditions it's possible to make the drive but I wouldn't advise it … any one of 50 things could have gone wrong and I'd have been stranded in the middle of nowhere. Having done... More 

7 Thank TravisGood
Washington, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This is part of the historic dirt road that led south down the coast before Bixby Bridge and other bridges were built in the 1930's. Over the course of 11.4 miles, there are areas with steep switchbacks, dark redwood groves, pastures, ocean vistas, great views of Pico Blanco, the El Sur Ranch, Bixby Bridge, and more. Today, only the occasional... More 

4 Thank Adam M
Malibu, California
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

In the many years I've been driving up and down the coast, I never knew this road existed. Great detour off Highway 1 that leads you up through the redwoods and gives you some great views. We did the road on our Triumph Tigers and it was perfect for the motorcycles and easy.

3 Thank zjmikke
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous drive along the California coast. A bit twisty at times, but I recommend it anyway.

4 Thank Sandi V

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