I'd also suggest, if at all feasible, drive an hour or so south on Hwy 1, just beyond Lucia, to Nacimiento-Fergusson road. This is opposite Kirk Creek campground, and is arguably one of the most spectacular climbs on the coast. It switchbacks up almost 3000 feet, with views that are unparalleled. This is THE "must ride" on the central coast as far as I'm concerned. Don't miss it !!!