Old Coast Road

Total Miles
10.1

Elevation

354.60 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Winding dirt road meanders downhill through cool wooded valleys with large sycamore and redwood trees, then climbs steeply to scenic rangeland high above the Pacific coastline. Take binoculars to see every detail below, including historic Point Sur Lighthouse. Street-legal vehicles only. Drive road in either direction. No turns to get lost. Great hiking in Andrew Molera State Park at south end.

Photos of Old Coast Road

Old Coast Road
Old Coast Road

Difficulty

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.

History

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.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Parth Bapat
Jun 19, 2024
2023 Rivian R1T
Open
Normal
Dusty
Avanish
Jun 16, 2024
1990 Land Rover Defender 110
Open
Dusty
Beautiful redwoods and views of the ocean.
Trevor L
Jun 15, 2024
2024 Ford Ranger
Open
Normal
Dusty
Mike Hall
May 31, 2024
2022 Ford F-Series
Open
The trail was in good condition. We saw one other truck and a mountain biker. We started on the south side and it took us 1.5 hours.

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.

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