Vancouver, BC - Imperial Beach, CA (1,857.0 miles)
Adventure Cycling Association
The scenic Pacific Coast Route travels from Vancouver, B.C., to Imperial Beach, California. Breathtaking cliffs, redwood forests, lighthouses, beaches, and a rugged coastline makes this a very popular route. Discover the beauty to be found between Canada and Mexico.
For more information on this route or to print out the most up to date addenda for these maps please click here.
**NOTE: (March 2017) Due to mud slides and a bridge failure, SR 1 in the Big Sur area is closed until at least late 2017. See Pacific Coast Section 4 addenda for a detour.**
Average rating: based on 14 reviews.
Better than the book
Philip Fowler on 8/17/13
I have to disagree with another reviewer. On my ride I found the 'Bicycling the Pacific Coast' book to be inaccurate. Almost everyone that I met on the route was using the Adventure Cycling Maps. Those that weren't were begging to borrow and copy them. There were numerous occasions where the Adventure Cycling maps routed you off the roads and onto wonderful bike paths. I recall meeting some cyclists in Arcata that had followed the book along the highway (through construction); whereas, I had followed a delightful bike path through farmland. Using the Adventure Cycling maps I took a small ferry across the Columbia River; those using the book rode across the bridge (terrifying I am told). The Advenure Cycling maps may take a slightly longer route; but, they always take you along safe roads and to scenic spots.
Pacific Coast Route Maps
A customer from on 5/4/12
I find the maps hard to read and interpret. Granted, map space is at a premium. However, the route descriptions are so compact and abbreviated that interpreting them is difficult for me. Sometimes the abundant detail gets in the way of understanding the map. When I previously biked along the Oregon coast, I found the maps produced by the Oregon Dept of Transportation to be much easier to use than the Adventure Cycling map.
Excellent information source
Jackson Griffiths on 4/8/12
I bought these because I am in the planning stages of riding this route. I must admit that I was underwhelmed when I received these maps in the post. Where was the protector cardω The folded bits of paper look like they would be sodden in the first rain shower of the ride. On further thought and closer inspection these are exactly the maps one would need for a multi-day tour. The absence of any protector card makes it easy to fold and refold the map as one cycles the route. Although it does not seem like it the maps mentions the paper is waterproof. The information on the maps cannot be faulted: maps of each sections, vertical scale, riding conditions and climate. It is all there to plan and execute a tour.
Manfred Bertelmann on 1/7/12
Excellent content and successful fast arrival from abroad, especielly the additonal informations are very helpfull.
Experiences will follow later this year. Start of the ride is in August.
David Thomson on 10/8/11
The material prepared by Adventure Cycling Association is outstanding and quite factual. It is well prepared and provides accurate information which you can depend upon.
Pacific Coast Route
A customer from Sitka, AK on 7/12/11
I used the maps about 15 years ago for the Wash and OR portion, we are planning to use them this fall so have not used them as yet. We did use your maps for the GDR last year- they were AWESOME! And almost 9 years ago for the Souther Tier - again AWESOME. Thank you. Cheers, Jeff B
A helpful tool.
A customer from Murrieta CA on 7/12/11
This has been my first tour. I started just north of LA at the Santa Monica Pier and traveled all the way to Seattle and then back again. A very rewarding ride and I highly recommend the Pacific Coast for a first tour for unexperienced riders like myself. Initially I was planning on doing it without the help of the Adventure Map. The price seemed a little high so I was reluctant. Let me tell you, though, I am so glad that I made the 60ish dollar commitment and bought the set of maps. At first it's a little hard to get used to. The squares are read left to right or right to left depending on which way you're going. So even though you're going North/South it appears as you're traveling East/West. I got used to this pretty quick though. I pretty much stuck to the map religiously unless I was traveling through a town. The map seems to want to give you the most scenic experience but sometimes it diverts you off the main drags of these small towns. This was a bummer for me at first because, as I've never seen most of these places, I was missing out on the experience of being in these new areas. So I would divert through towns and find my way back to the map afterward. Which, usually, was pretty easy. The map is really strong through California and Oregon but in Washington it gets a little tedious. I actually diverted my entire Washington route from what the adventure maps wanted me to do. All in all it's a great and helpful tool. This being my first trip, it was good to have something that felt like it was holding my hand through most of the trip. It gave me confidence and good directions. Just keep your eyes open and your senses about you and you wont go wrong.
Pacific Coast route
A customer from Isle of Wight, Hampshire, UK on 10/6/10
Excellent product, has inspired me to book the trip with you next year.
I feel it could have been turned into 6 maps at a slightly larger scale so as one can refer to the route while cycling.
I realise that you probaly don't recommend that, but hey! what experienced cyclist dosen't do it.
Enticing map set
A customer from Carmel, CA on 6/29/10
The maps of areas I plan to visit are full of good information I would have trouble finding from normal road maps or guides. It is good to have everything in one place.
I wish the paper were more substantial, though; I doubt these will hold up to moisture and wind.
Malibu to Coronado
A customer from Suwanee, GA on 12/18/09
The route was great and the map was accurate and easy to follow. A couple of lesson's learned.
1. When riding on beach-side bike paths, the cross streets are not well marked. Twice we missed the point where we needed to turn inland and ended up off route.
My recommendation is when you know you are getting close to a turn, exit the bike trail and ride the parallel roadway. They are low traffic, generally wide, and good for riding as well.
2. The map shows the route only. If you miss a turn, its very easy to end up off the map. You need additional maps for land navigation. DO NOT RELY on the adventure cycling map alone. We used a Garmin Nuvi. A large paper map works better as you can see more of the area you are trying to traverse.
3. The route stays on PCH through Newport Beach. By following the route, we missed the harbor area and a great lunch spot. I wish we had looked closer at other maps so we would have known.
4. The section from San Clemente to San Onofre State Beach (SOSB) seems confusing. When you go up the hill and see the obvious street to the left, take it. This is Old Pacific HWY (its parallel to I5). Continue following it and everything will be OK. It leads straight into SOSB.
Honestly, the Bicycling the Pacific Coast Book is Better
A customer from San Diego on 11/5/09
I'm sure these maps are fine if nothing else is available. I barely glanced at them on my tour. Perhaps for other routes, the ACA maps are the best. For the Pacific Coast Route, Bicycling the Pacific Coast is a better option. The book provides large and readable cue sheets for your map pocket and all the information that you need is right in front of you in a useable format, including milepost markers, routing, lodging, food, etc... Nobody I met going southbound was using the ACA maps and all were referring to the book. I copied the pages that I needed and rotated them daily.
Again, I'm sure there are adherents of the ACA maps, but I didn't meet any and it was not money well spent for me.
A customer from LA, CA, USA on 6/14/09
Useful if following the route closely.
Kit Wennersten on 12/25/06
When used in conjunction with the book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast" you are provided several different options for making the trek from Canada to San Diego. Maps sometimes require writing out cue cards since the printing is very small and aged eyes cannot read the directions. My third set of maps.
E Gananian on 12/25/06
Without question, the maps are the single most important tool you need to tour on a bike. They are almost like a piece of art. Do you really want to bother with an electronic deviceωωω Not!