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Unread 02-07-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Old Coast Road? Monterey, carmel

Anybody on the coast been to this trail before? About 5-15 miles south of Monterey & Carmel on 1. I'll be doing a trip the 22-24 to pismo then up along the 1 to santa cruz, and was planning on checking this trail out along the way. So if anyone has any input on it before i take this trip it would be appreciated. Thanks

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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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Coming from the Monterey side you'll have a steep downhill at the end, reverse to steep uphill if coming from the Big Sur side. They grade it a couple of times a year, very much a fire road after grading and no 4 wheel drive needed. In-between grading depending on weather it can get rutted and it is impassable when wet due to a clay based soil and the steepness of the road.

Overall, a great diversion when traveling down 1 with a few nice scenic vistas along the way. Private ranches line it most of the way with fences keeping you constrained to the road itself.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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so do you think it'll be driveable next weekend? and can you get through it going north bound on the 1
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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I have driven it a few times.

It's a nice drive, not difficult at all, last time I was on it a minivan made the trip.

Even wet it's not that bad if you have aggressive tires, 4x4, and someone who is comfortable driving a slide. I think they close the gate if it is wet though.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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It has entrances going either direction on HWY 1.

Give me a minute and I will post up a google maps link showing you where.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=C...=h&mra=ls&z=13

There you go... have fun.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 12:12 AM   #7
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The trail is very easy and rated as a 1 out of 10 in the SUV trails book have. If you want something a bit more difficult, rating 2, go further south on 1, take Willow creek dirt road (just south of Willow Creek campground), then drive about 7 miles till you get to Coast ridge road, then you have about 26 miles until you get to Nacimento-Ferguson Rd. Then you can go left back to 1, or right to get back to 101.
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