Coast Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Coast Road begins and ends on California 1 and offers a great alternative to speeding down the Coast Highway. The trail begins 2.5 miles north of Big Sur, opposite the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park. It immediately begins to climb up a graded dirt road, passing through patches of thick trees and open ranchland. Along the early stretch of the trail, you can look west to see the highway, coast, and ocean. The views along this section are excellent and show just what you miss by staying on the main road. The trail then goes through private property, passing a number of ranch access roads and private buildings. As it heads into the forested regions, the trail crosses Little Sur River before traveling along Sierra Creek. These wooded areas are on private property. Please respect landowners’ rights and stay on the main trail. Special Attractions: Spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean; Pleasant, easygoing trail that travels through some of California’s southernmost redwoods. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing ).
"You can approach this as either a strenuous day hike or an overnight trip. The camp is also accessible from Bottchers Gap via the Little Sur Trail (see TRIP 41 Pico Blanco, page 167). Although this trail is the shorter route (6 miles versus 7.4 miles), tangled overgrowth, persistent poison oak, and dangerous washouts make it tough going. If you have time, choose the overnight option, as you’ll want time to enjoy the swimming hole at trail’s end."
--Analise Elliot Heid, Hiking & Backpacking: Big Sur (Wilderness Press).
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