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This used to be an old stage coach road. Driving it can be challenging, but well worth it. It's... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
bill p
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Amazing scenery, thrilling drive

Sadly, at the time of visiting, the PCH had been closed between Carmel and Santa Barbara because of... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
Damien W
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Big Sur, CA
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This used to be an old stage coach road. Driving it can be challenging, but well worth it. It's mostly 1 lane but there are pull outs to let others pass, or stop and take a picture. It is dusty(not paved) but you are virtually...More

2  Thank bill p
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Sadly, at the time of visiting, the PCH had been closed between Carmel and Santa Barbara because of a major mudslide. So we drove down to Pfeiffer to enjoy what we could of this historic coastline road. In short, it's fantastic.

2  Thank Damien W
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Very interesting road around the coast, with some wind, fog....looks a. It scary sometimes but worth doing it

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 23 October 2016

After doing the whole PCH from San Fran to San Diego, this part by far the MOST scenic. The web blogs and tour books cannot say enough about how AWESOME some of the sights you will see on one of the most scenic drives in...More

5  Thank CCMH
Reviewed 30 September 2016

A great and somewhat challenging drive in parts takes you along this beautiful stretch of highway. There are a number of veiwing points but aim to stop at Bixby bridge which is great. The weather can affect the view. Our trip along the highway was...More

1  Thank arh2900
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Great detour from Bixby bridge. AWD recommended but not required when it's dry. Great nature and scenic views.

1  Thank pegsulli105
Reviewed 7 July 2016

We drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco and took the Pacific Coast Highway. The drive through Big Sur was spectacular. We stopped as often as we could to take photos (which never do it justice). We also were able to feed a family of...More

4  Thank CocoBella1320
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

There are a couple of reviews that are NOT of this road. This is the old, dirt-only road. It was a tough, long ride for me, but I'm the nervous one. Personally, I hated it and have never wanted off a road so badly in...More

13  Thank lillik932
Reviewed 23 March 2016

this was a great trip. we started on the North end of the trail. There was a sign that said Impassable when wet and it was absolutely poring with rain. being that i had a 4x4 i wasnt worried, so off we went. you climb...More

4  Thank brandon d
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Turn off to the left going south just before Bigbie bridge. The entrance to this dirt road is poorly marked (on purpose?). A long 11.5 mile drive on rough terrain through the heart of the El Sur ranch. Not for the faint hearted. The road...More

5  Thank ZombietheGreek
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michael c
10 October 2017|
Response from Damien W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Michael, the road was open from Carmel down to Big Sur when I drove down. There had been extensive damage to the road due to mud slides, as you say. We stopped and ate at the River Inn in Big Sur - you could try calling... More
Sandy L
29 August 2015|
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Response from Realtor44 | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure you may Mt. bike. I did not nor did I see anyone else that day.