The road is exhilarating to drive with superb views. Take every opportunity to stop and look. Make the most of any time that the fog doesn't intrude.
The signs says road is impassable in wet weather, and they mean it. I would recommend something sturdier than a sedan any time of year. Road is rough, steep, and narrow. That said, it is a beautiful drive through redwood groves and mountain peaks. Amazing views from behind Bixby Bridge out to the water.
I live on the Central Coast and have seen this little road many times that veers off the highway. It looks like a path and have always been curious about it. So today I took it on a whim in my little Toyota Yaris as I headed north from Big Sur. Was hoping for a lot more than a rock... More
We have done many back roads, and thought this one to be OK, but nothing special. About 10 miles with a few nice mountain and ocean views, but very weather and wildflower dependent. Little payoff for a long and rocky ride. We were in a 4x4 SUV, but today it would have been doable in a conventional vehicle with a... More
Drove the 10+ miles between Bixby Bridge and Molera Park on Mother's Day in a standard car (Infiniti). There were no other cars nor humans in the few properties along the route, and no cell signal (AT&T). It was beautiful, and all went smoothly. However, considering the condition of the road, the steepness in substantial sections, and the isolation, I'd... More
Well worth the effort, the views are nothing short of amazing. However, on a regular two-wheel drive with low ground clearance you might be in for an unpleasant surprise even in dry conditions.
With my family having been some of the origina homesteaders, have driven the road many times. SUV is recommended, and don't go if it has been raining. Wonderful views of both the coast and back-country. Have watched the hawks hunting in the grasses near the start - the one just hovers until it sees something and then dives. Give yourself... More
If you can make this drive from north to south, you will be on the seaward side of the road.
A friend told me that while I was in the area that I had to do this drive. Some of the locals had not even heard of it! We did it on March 8, 2003 just two days before they were due to do some major work on it. It was a blast and the only time that I was... More
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