Big Sur Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Draped along the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range between San Simeon and Carmel, California Highway 1 achieves its reputation for being one of the nation’s scenic wonders. For 90 miles this narrow, winding, two-lane road climbs the chaparral-covered shoulders of the mountains, descends into the wooded canyons, clings to oceanside bluffs, and courses through switchback after switchback, sending travelers east and west to get north or south.
This is no hurry-up highway; nor should it be. It’s a scenic route through spectacular mountain and ocean vistas that must be savored. Those in a rush to reach destinations north or south should use U.S. 101 instead. Although there is a spot on the map named Big Sur, don’t expect to find a city, or a village for that matter. Even community is an inappropriate term to describe the loose gathering of people and property called Big Sur. It’s better to think of Big Sur as a region, an overwhelming presence, even an attitude or notion or experience. Many of us think of this whole 90-mile expanse of rugged coastline and highway with its unmarked trails to hard-to-find beaches as Big Sur, and we’re probably as close to the right idea as anyone.
This guide includes information on lodging, campgrounds, RV parks, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and outdoor activities near these coastal cities."