San Andreas Fault Scenic Drive: I-5 to Hollister Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A 110-mile-long drive that begins on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, follows long grassy valleys formed by the San Andreas Rift Zone and traverses the edge of the Gabilan Range to Hollister. This scenic drive follows California highways 198 and 25 and traverses a series of long fault-line valleys formed by the San Andreas Rift Zone. The route passes along the east side of the Gabilan Range, which is one of the inner Coast Ranges between Coalinga in the San Joaquin Valley and Hollister east of Monterey Bay. The countryside the drive runs through is unpopulated and almost pristine, broken only by a few ranches or fences. The pastoral land offers a rare beauty and subtle charm, not overpowering like nearby Yosemite or the Big Sur Coast. Each season brings its own rhythm and distinct flavor. After spring rains, the rumpled land is verdant with green grass and sprinkled with colorful wildflowers. Summer heat desiccates the savannas and turns the straw-dry grass a tawny brown. This is a drive to savor, to slow down and admire the view, to stop and watch the wind ripple the grass, to watch a hawk soar overhead, and to appreciate the here and now. Special attractions: San Andreas Rift Zone, Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito River, Gabilan Range, hiking, scenic views, camping, rock climbing, bicycling. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."