Old Coast Road

Total Miles


354.6 ft


2 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview


Easy: Suitable for passenger cars when dry, but you'll want 4-wheel drive if you get caught in the rain. Road can even be impassable in very wet conditions.


Towards the end of the trip on a clear day, you can look down and see the Point Sur Lighthouse perched atop a large rock dome along the shore. The lighthouse was a manned facility from 1889 to the early 1960s. Today it is automated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of Point Sur State Historic Park. Call (831) 625-4419 for information on guided tours.

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Access Description

Take Hwy. 1 south from Monterey about 17 miles. Turn left immediately before crossing Bixby Bridge. There is an overlook on the right at this point. To start on south end, take Hwy. 1 north from Big Sur about 2.5 miles and turn right opposite the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park.