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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Beedubyas, Dec 9, 2012.
I want to do this so badly but just don't know where to start. Start in Hungry Valley??
I don't have the wisdom of a lot of folks on here, but I am thinking you could incorporate Frazier park, Carrizo plain, Pozo and Hi-Mountain into the route.
I have done a little exploring up there. I really have not found too much north of SLO. It seems to me there are not too many ADV riders up there. I would love to have some good tracks for the central coast area, its my favorite place in CA. Coast Ridge Trail is a nice forest service road.
welcome to adv now fill in you profile it's the best way to start... than you could tell us alittle about what rock you've been under... just passing thur... or do you live in soca
you sporting a gs... maybe a drz... you could impress with a se
planning to camp... like to drink beer...
there's not just one route and your a noob
Thanks for sniffing my but, pics posted and info up.
The hardest is finding a way from Gorman or Frazier park to SLO. I want to take as many dirt roads as possible, even sleep on them on the way.
Any way these all link together?
Not that hard to do so I'd say you're in luck!
If you come north through Gorman, the longest stretch of dirt will be through California Valley from 166 to 58, then west on 58 blacktop to Red Hill Road (dirt), west & south to Pozo, south from Pozo on Hi Mountain Road (dirt) which will take you to Lopez Drive & dump you into the town of Arroyo Grande. From there north on 101 to SLO & north on 1 to Big Sur is all blacktop until the Coast Ridge Road, which starts North of the SLO/Monterey County line on Hwy 1 & runs north in the Los Padres NF and terminates on the north end at Nacimiento/Ferguson Road (a MUST ride).
There is a little dirt up here, just nothing like the SW or Baja. Most backroads that go anywhere have been paved, the dirt is pinched by NF, military or private property gates.
Thanks man! Thats great info, I'm going to check it out.
Carizzo Plains easily links to Pozo...go from 166, Soda Lake Road or Elk Horn Grade (better) to 58 (paved) go west to Pozo, Stop in the Saloon at the end of Pozo and just about across the street from there is Hi-Mountain.
I also know there is dirt in Cuddle Valley, but I haven't rode it yet. So, you could ride a bit parralleling Cerro Noroeste Rd to Quatal Canyon Rd (Dirt) to 33 (paved) North on 33 to 166 and through Carrizo Plain from there.
Let me know when you are going...maybe I will tag along
I think I need to really figure this out. So far I go up Gold hill road through Gorman, Stop at the bottom of Alamo mountain, go down miller jeep trail, find lockwood 4x4 trail then.....
Just an FYI if you haven't done Miller yet. It's steep.
Done it many times. Love it.
Going up into pozo then back down to arroyo grande is going north to go back south, not sure if that matters or not. Keep us up to date I may join in on some parts. I can show you some nice twisties with some dirt and awesome scenery when in the templeton - paso robles area if you end up this way. Keep us posted.
A long ride, but from Pozo head up to Parkfield, starting on 58 (no dirt AFAIK, but some nice narrow bumpy stuff on Bitterwater and Cholame Valley), then several miles of dirt towards Coalinga on the Parkfield-Coalinga Rd (Parkfield Grade). From Coalinga, back northwest on Los Gatos Creek Rd to Clear Creek, over to Idria and Panoche, back to Hwy 25 and LaGloria to 101, into Monterey on 68 and then back down 1 to Big Sur with a detour to take the old Coast Road just north of Bixby Bridge and then back to Hwy 1 before Big Sur.
Old Coast Rd... a gorgeous bit of dirt was closed two weeks ago when we were up there. FYI !
Expect about 180 miles with no gas between Maricopa and Coalinga. Very nice ride. But maybe go through King and drop back to Fort Hunter Ligget on the other side of 101 and over to Big Sur through the Army base.