Pacific Coast Route Section 4

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San Francisco, CA - Santa Barbara, CA (383.1 miles)
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Adventure Cycling Association
Current Stock
Current Map Version
September 2019

Because the heavy motorized traffic tends to be even heavier in the summer, we reccommend that you ride this route in the spring or autumn. May and September/October are the best months for riding. From the Golden Gate Bridge, the route heads directly to the coast via city streets. After rejoining SR 1, you'll encounter heavy traffic but here SR 1 has shoulders in most places. From Carmel Heights to San Simeon there are few services. This is a beautiful but demanding road with minimal shoulders traversing open grasslands and timbered slopes above the ocean. State and national campgrounds provide sites overlooking the beach. They are quiet in the off season but extremely busy in the summer. You'll encounter five major climbs along the border of the Los Padres National Forest; one of these takes you to almost 1,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The route flattens south of Harmony. From Morro Bay to Pismo Beach you'll leave SR 1 for local, county, and state roads with intermittent shoulders. At Oceano you'll head inland, then join US 101 and ride back to the coast. West of Goleta you'll leave US 101 and travel along business arterials to enter Santa Barbara.

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Average rating: based on 20 reviews.



Reviewed By: Jennifer Seely on 3/31/19

Rode Sunset Beach (south of Santa Cruz) to Pfeiffer State Park (just south of Big Sur) and back. I adored this ride and found the map essential to keeping me off highway 1 where it was unsafe. I would never have found the agricultural backroads on my own. Very much recommend stopping at the artichoke stand just off the bike path north of Monterey! I also found that the campgrounds listed first on the map amenities section were independently the ones most recommended by locals - Monterey Veteran's Memorial Park and Pfeiffer each had great hike/bike sections with showers nearby.

Get you there


Reviewed By: Luke M on 12/6/16

I did a 1.5 day trip starting at the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending just shy of Half Moon Bay. The map was a good reference for getting there, and its references like for the Montara Hostel were useful. There were two main difficulties/annoyances I had with the tiny part of the map my route was on. First I had troubles with correlating the map with the world around me in the Golden Gate Recreation area. While I was faffing about trying to figure out if I needed to turn around at one point a nice gentleman pointed me the direction I needed to go. Even then I thought I was off route, and only now looking at Strava I find out I was on route... Chalk it up to me being dumb if you like, it only would have taken an ounce of local knowledge for the map to be sufficient in that case. The other thing is that in Pacifica there is a bike path that gets you off of the 1 which is not marked on the map. I think that small part of the trip had some of the best views. Going SB you would have to be blind to miss it. Would I use again/buy again? Yes but I would approach the route with a little more skepticism than I did this time.

The book was better


Reviewed By: Steve o on 10/5/16

I purchased the book for the pacific coast trail and like it so much I bought the maps as well. I found the map print to be too small and wasn't the best resource. I ended up tearing the directions out of the book for each day's ride and following that instead. And then for times we needed food or a bike shop, we used google in our iphones. By the time I got to the second map of the trail, I didn't even use it at all - overall, good quality, good information, but too small and wasn't really useful during the ride.

Map is easy to use.


Reviewed By: Harry on 9/13/16

Rode San Francisco to Santa Monica, the route map was indispensable.. Got us through to Santa Barbara perfectly...recommended for traveling with bike extremely handy!

Good job


Reviewed By: Klaus Paffhausen on 10/31/12

I bought the pacific coast route and trans america 15 years ago and they were absolutely top notch, but the upgrade is even better... especially the new waterproofed quality. Next year, i plan a trip from Alaska down to Yosemite where i live. Soon I'll order great parks north and Lewis and Clark routes. Your maps are the best, thank you Klaus

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