Old Coast Road Professional Review and Guide
"Long before Bixby Bridge was constructed, the only way around the deep gap carved by Bixby Creek was an old dirt logging road. Today, the county road, referred to as Old Coast Road, is still well-traveled, mainly by residents who live in a handful of secluded, modest homes tucked within a few remaining old-growth redwood groves. This beautiful dirt road is anchored by Highway 1 (CA 1) at its north and south trailheads. Running 10.6 miles long, its condition is smooth, hardpacked dirt and wide enough for a single vehicle. It winds steeply up and down several ridges and ravines, and through redwood forests thick with lush understory, and over dry, open grassy hills. Occasional views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged coastline are spectacular—just rewards for riders with strong endurance and climbing strength. Basic technical skills are all that’s needed to enjoy this ride. Several climbs range from two to three miles while steepness is mostly 7% grade with a few steeper sections. Fortunately, the route is interspersed with gentle stretches and fun, long descents. All in all, Old Coast Road is quite a workout, especially if you ride it as a 21.2-mile out-and-back (10.6 miles each way)."