Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

San Francisco to So Cal - Pacific Coast route

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

San Francisco to So Cal - Pacific Coast route

Old 08-11-20, 12:44 PM
  #1  
delilo
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 113

Bikes: Jamis

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
San Francisco to So Cal - Pacific Coast route

Leaving soon for my first time on this stretch of the route, will be mostly camping --- looking for some ideas of must see spots along the way and some great food.
Suggestions? thanks
delilo is offline  
Old 08-11-20, 01:05 PM
  #2  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,315 Times in 826 Posts
Did it in 1985, (Pre universal internet) but much has changed .. I suggest reading California History books..
(I Grew Up There, so had to.. )
Ano Nuevo Beach is an Elephant Seal Rookery & Cal state park https://www.parks.ca.gov/


https://dot.ca.gov/travel

https://dot.ca.gov/programs/design/l...cenic-highways

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver...s-pedestrians/



...
fietsbob is offline  
Likes For fietsbob:
Old 08-11-20, 05:04 PM
  #3  
raybo
Bike touring webrarian
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,969

Bikes: I tour on a Waterford Adventurecycle. It is a fabulous touring bike.

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 78 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 31 Times in 18 Posts
I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA. You might find some useful information there.

It would also help to know what things you find interesting? Missions? Museums? Burrito Places?
raybo is offline  
Likes For raybo:
Old 08-12-20, 07:09 AM
  #4  
delilo
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 113

Bikes: Jamis

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by raybo View Post
I wrote a guide to riding from SF to LA. You might find some useful information there.

It would also help to know what things you find interesting? Missions? Museums? Burrito Places?
Thank you, museums, burritos for sure!
delilo is offline  
Old 08-12-20, 09:05 AM
  #5  
alan s 
Senior Member
 
alan s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 6,945
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1481 Post(s)
Liked 174 Times in 115 Posts
Monterey aquarium if itís open. Unfortunately the aquarium and most museums will likely be closed. Fortunately most of the must see spots are part of nature.
alan s is offline  
Likes For alan s:
Old 08-12-20, 04:55 PM
  #6  
headwind15
Bikeable
 
headwind15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 81 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 38 Times in 26 Posts
Touring the coast

Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Did it in 1985, (Pre universal internet) but much has changed .. I suggest reading California History books..
(I Grew Up There, so had to.. )
Ano Nuevo Beach is an Elephant Seal Rookery & Cal state park https://www.parks.ca.gov/


https://dot.ca.gov/travel

https://dot.ca.gov/programs/design/l...cenic-highways

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver...s-pedestrians/



...
Think that I did this the wrong way.
In July 1985, I hitchhiked (basically) from San Francisco to San Diego and then toured back. 1st self sufficient tour!
headwind15 is offline  
Old 08-12-20, 05:12 PM
  #7  
wgscott
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: CZU
Posts: 7,130
Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2366 Post(s)
Liked 2,225 Times in 1,106 Posts
There is a book that is very detailed called Bicycling the Pacific Coast Highway.



A lot of stuff is going to be closed.
wgscott is offline  
Old 08-12-20, 07:47 PM
  #8  
RandomlyWest
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 61

Bikes: 2002 Montague MX, 1989 Schwinn Impact, 2018 Micargi Avant, 1985 Asahi 790, 1974 Schwinn Continental, 2018 Allen Sports Atocha

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 8 Posts
Cycling the Pacific Coast is a great book, newer (2017) than even the revised edition of the classic Bicycling the Pacific Coast.

https://www.maps.com/products/cyclin...RoCJ24QAvD_BwE
RandomlyWest is offline  
Old 08-12-20, 10:17 PM
  #9  
schoolboy2 
Easily Led Astray
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Sonoma County, California
Posts: 82

Bikes: Trek 5200, Trek Domane 5.2, Surly Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Spend the night at Kirk Creek Campground if it's open. It's the only campground in the Big Sur area which is on the ocean side of the highway. It does have a hiker-biker section, but you must bring your own water. Be aware that most of the Big Sur section has no mobile service. Spectacular sunsets!
Have fun!
__________________
Opinions are like noses, everybody has one.
schoolboy2 is offline  
Likes For schoolboy2:
Old 08-15-20, 12:13 PM
  #10  
fourfa
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 179
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 75 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 27 Posts
You'll pass Moss Landing halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey - ride out to the sea wall north and west of the harbor, there's usually a pod of sea otters there and in my experience that's the closest you can get to them anywhere (without a boat anyway). Then grab a meal of fresh seafood at Phil's Fish Market & Eatery.

It's no secret spot, but I'd make sure to follow the 17 Mile Drive from Monterey to Carmel.

Not sure how COVID has affected this, but recently the hiker/biker sites from Santa Cruz through Big Sur were partially homeless encampments. Monterey's Veterans Park was particularly dense (seems to be open, and it's probably impossible to camp legally anywhere else near Monterey. Hope you have a granny gear to get to it). Not necessarily a good or bad thing, just something to be aware of. A lot of coastal H/B sites are just you and the trees and the sea breeze - not these.

Hwy 1 through Big Sur has some narrow spots with not much in the way of bike lane or shoulder - I highly recommend a good mirror, situational awareness, bright flashing rear light, and extra caution around rented RVs whose drivers are still learning how wide they are (evergreen advice).
fourfa is offline  
Old 08-15-20, 05:55 PM
  #11  
timdow
Pie Smuggler
 
timdow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 447

Bikes: 2010 LHT (Blue), 2018 Trek 520, 2005(?) Fuji Club LE, 1998 Schwinn Moab (converted for commuting).

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by schoolboy2 View Post
Spend the night at Kirk Creek Campground if it's open. It's the only campground in the Big Sur area which is on the ocean side of the highway. It does have a hiker-biker section, but you must bring your own water. Be aware that most of the Big Sur section has no mobile service. Spectacular sunsets!
Have fun!
I did Monterey to Santa Barbara year before last. I second staying at Kirk Creek - nice place. Thee are three state campgrounds almost to Santa Barbara - Refugio is the nicest. looks like McGrath just South of Ventrua is closed. If it's open, don't stay there unless absolutely necessary. It is run down. The campground host stated that he had his bike stolen there. Big Sur, Morrow Bay and San Luis Obispo are all worth spending some time in. Hearst Castle is closed right now I hear.

Are hiker-biker sites open?
timdow is offline  
Old 08-16-20, 12:01 PM
  #12  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,315 Times in 826 Posts
Yea bikes get stolen in campgrounds ... lock them up to the picnic tables or trees etc ..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 08-19-20, 06:55 PM
  #13  
LeeG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,950
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 78 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Don’t be in a hurry. I did it a few times in the 70’s and 80’s when I was young and had a tendency to hammer. Mornings can be damp and cool. You won’t have much shoulder so be visible and go in a predictable straight line.
LeeG is offline  
Old 08-20-20, 04:23 PM
  #14  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,315 Times in 826 Posts
It's Fire Season Now..
fietsbob is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.