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.
Current Printed Version: 2012
Reviewed by: A customer from Vancouver, BC Canada
This map is full of excellent information, particularly the HILLS! haha Thank you for providing a great source of information for our trip down the coast.
Reviewed by: A customer from Santa Monica, CA USA 6/11/09
The map was great. It fit right into my handlebar bag. The route took us off the main highway where possible to avoid traffic and to enjoy the scenery. I really enjoyed the half moon bay bike path. The campsite listings and bike shop listings were also very useful. The route does pass up the 17 mile drive in the Carmel area. It would be nice if the map included a possible detour to include part of the 17 mile drive.
Reviewed by: A customer from Hercules, CA 7/1/09
I have used this map for 4 or 5years as i ride down the coast from the San Francisco Bay area almost every summer. Last year i met two Canadian riders heading north from just above the Malibu CA area. They were young and adventurous and had no maps or idea of what they were getting into. I offered them both the southern section i carry and the section 4 map. They took the Santa Barbara to SF section and so i needed to replace it. I don't feel comfortable without a map and these are great maps.