Pacific Coast Route Section 4

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San Francisco, CA - Santa Barbara, CA (383 miles)
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Adventure Cycling Association
  • Current Stock: 2055

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: 2014


Average rating: based on 16 reviews.

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Reviewed By: Klaus Paffhausen on 10/31/12

I bought the pacific coast route and trans america 15 years ago and they were absolutely top notch, but the upgrade is even better... especially the new waterproofed quality. Next year, i plan a trip from Alaska down to Yosemite where i live. Soon I'll order great parks north and Lewis and Clark routes. Your maps are the best, thank you Klaus

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Reviewed By: David Woods on 7/10/12

I recently did a 6 day ride from Big Sur, CA, to Redondo Beach, CA, on the Pacific Coast Route. I was leery of paying $15 for a map so I purchased only the San Francisco to Santa Barbara segment prior to departure. I felt I could find my way through Santa Barbara and the Ventura/Oxnard area which I managed to do but when I ran off the end of the ACA map I kicked myself for not buying the Santa Barbara to San Diego map as well. At first glance the format of the map did not appear to me like it would be a useful tool but in practice it worked very well! It presents the route in concise segments that can easily be displayed in a standard map holder. In contrast, I used a standard road map for the Ventura/Oxnard area and it was very cumbersome and not possible to fold it in such a way as to show the route well or to fit the map holder. The campground, lodging, dining/food information and elevation profile on the ACA map were also very helpful. In summary I will not go on another tour without ACA maps of the entire route.

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Reviewed By: Steve Kurek on 1/9/12

The summer of 2010 I used your maps to ride the TransAm Trail from Yorktown, VA to Florence, OR. In my opinion there is no better way to bike tour than using your excellent maps. You can navigate this entire country turn by turn without any other help. An added bonus is that they are waterproof.

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Reviewed By: A customer from Los Angeles on 11/8/11

This is a good map with much information. However, what is missing is how to travel north through the Gaviota tunnel on US 101. We have tried and needed to stop each time because of the tunnel.

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Reviewed By: Dylan Haley on 10/4/11

hello there. yes, your map was excellent. I do have 2 comments. Some of the camp sites where not great... perhaps the good sites should have stars? Or "campsites" with concrete floors and ONLY rv's should be noted as such? Also, After i started the trip I saw that this route was not suggested in the month of August, and I saw why when i got to the shoulder-less section of Big Sur. If you ever re-print the map you could add in HUGE letters to make sure to avoid the route during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Monterey Auto Week August 13-19. I guess this is an annual event and it's just my luck that I was in the Big Sur area during that week! I had to turn around and call it quits early due to the Ferrari's and the like passing me at 100 mph! Not your fault, but that would be my suggestion. Adversity is part of bike touring, I still had a great trip. Thanks for doing what you do!. Dylan (dyl-doggy)

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