Pacific Coast Route Section 3

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Crescent City, CA - San Francisco, CA (407.8 miles)
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Adventure Cycling Association
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March 2022

Because the heavy motorized traffic tends to be even heavier in the summer, we recommend that you ride this route in the spring or autumn. If riding in summer is your only option, be advised that motorized traffic often increases after 10:00 a.m. You'll encounter climbs several miles in length as the route crosses two major headlands between Crescent City and McKinleyville. This is redwood country, so take some extra time to enjoy the scenery in the state and national parks along the route. At Leggett you'll leave US 101 and return to the coast via SR 1, but not before climbing abruptly to 2,000 feet above sea level. From either direction this roads is a steep, twisting climb and descent on a narrow roadway that is hemmed in by heavy forest cover. From Westport to Bodega Bay SR 1 hugs the coastline, passing through small towns that cater to tourists. In Marin County, the traffic increases on the route from Valley Ford to Marshall, especially on weekends after 11 a.m. Between Fairfax and the Golden Gate Bridge you'll be riding in an urban environment. The route follows a signed bike route along residential streets and bike paths wherever possible.

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Average rating: based on 10 reviews.

Can't go wrong!


Reviewed By: Kermit Cain on 12/1/21

I have been doing long distance touring for over 40 years and without exception these maps will exceed any expectations for the perfect bicycle tour. Purchase the maps months before the planned tour for rain average, temperature, terrain, etc. campsites and any other information required for a successful adventure. Even if you should download the computer map for your Garmin or other bike computer being able to view the next day's ride on a paper map sets the day in your mind. OBVIOUS that touring bicyclists created the maps from their years of touring.

Eureka SB


Reviewed By: pete Jack on 11/4/16

The route through Eureka in the inset is terrible. All kinds of twists and turns that are easy to miss and miss them I did. Why not just turn right on Broadway which you cross and has a bike lane? It's where the twists and turns bring you out at anyway about half a mile after where the maze starts.

a couple comments that may be helpful..


Reviewed By: mark swedlund on 6/28/15

The Map was great. I deviated once, just north Of Fort Bragg and stayed on the "official" pacific coast bike route. It was a mistake. No shoulder, too much traffic. Follow the MAP! The "bike store" in Garberville is a bike, toy and hobby store. Very limited bike supplies when I was there.. like no CO2 cartridges. It may not be clear from the map but there are essentially very very few services from Garberville to Fort Bragg. Just a couple gas stations. There are zero services from Leggett to Westport, so be prepared.

Patrick Points - SF


Reviewed By: A customer from CA on 6/5/12

Section 3 was a GREAT help! Benbow and Ave of the Giants are not to be missed. Eureka is bit tricky but with the map's help we had a good diversion.

Review of Pacific Coast Route Section 3


Reviewed By: A customer from New York, NY USA on 10/26/11

Overall very good, and essential for the many times I got no cellular service in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Criticisms: In Eureka, the map specifies that you follow Waterfront Drive. While this is the designated bicycle route in Eureka, it goes through a desolate, seedy part of town. Even with the added vehicular traffic, I think a route that went through town would be safer and more picturesque. Most important, Waterfront Drive dead-ends at West Del Norte St., and the map instructs you to follow the bike path that starts at the dead end and goes down to Bayshore Mall. This bike path is DANGEROUS. There are homeless drifters and drug addicts living in tents and shacks all along this path, and it is far from any public areas or roads. The path itself is in very poor condition, with deep mud and sparse gravel. Cyclists, especially cycle tourists, should not be directed to go through here. It's an isolated area and if someone tries to mug you, there is no way for anyone to see what's happening or come to your aid. I suggest you change the route as soon as possible. My only other criticism is that the final panel of the map, showing the route from Francis Drake Blvd. to the Golden Gate Bridge is unclear. The route from Corte Madura south to the GG Bridge is complex and the map is hard to follow.

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