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Pacific Coast

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Riding Conditions

Big trees, big waves, beautiful beaches..

Along the Pacific Coast Route, you'll get to see marine wildlife such as sea lions, and as you pass you can hear them barking. Take the time to watch as one by one they dive off their rocks in search of their daily meal of fish from the ocean. During the peak tourist season, there is heavy recreational vehicle traffic along U.S. Highway 101 and State Highway 1 along the coast, so cyclists must ride cautiously and defensively.

The route begins in Vancouver, British Columbia and heads south through the suburbs of this large city. Farmlands appear before crossing the border at Blaine into the United States, and you'll continue through more rural countryside in Washington. After crossing Deception Pass, the route is on Whidbey Island, where there is a large U.S. Naval Reservation, and the loud noise of test jets flying overhead can be heard. There's a ferry ride over to Port Townsend, which is back on the mainland. The route then winds southward through a series of small towns on the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula. In Bremerton, if you're interested, you can take a ferry to downtown Seattle and its attractions. You'll then head into logging country and see forest plantations in various stages of development: recently clear-cut, newly planted, middle-aged, or ready to be harvested. At Castle Rock, a five-mile side trip leads to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, which tells the tale of the volcano's eruption in 1980.

A short ferry ride crosses the Columbia River into Oregon. Leaving Astoria, you'll begin a magnificent ride down the coast. The route stays along the shoreline and headlands, passing mile after mile of spectacular scenery including lighthouses, craggy coastal pines, and rock formations in the water. Innumerable parks dot the coast and invite one to stop, and take hikes down to the water for tide pool viewing. Small towns are abundant and cater to the tourists who invade the coast from spring to fall.

The California coast is tremendously diverse. You'll encounter massive redwoods, breathtaking coastline vistas, acres and acres of vegetable farms, fruit orchards, and many busy urban areas.

The curvy, winding roads along the coast are shared with cars, recreational vehicles, farm trucks, and logging trucks, so extra caution is needed by cyclists. There are bike paths in some of the large cities the route goes through, and you'll need all your defensive urban cycling skills to contend with the heavy traffic. But this is California, land of sun and fun (especially along the southern portion of the route). Take advantage and go jump into the Pacific on a whim or watch a beautiful sunset.

Soon after passing through Crescent City, you will be biking through awe-inspiring redwood country on roads shaded by trees reaching high into the sky. A herd of elk live near Orick and are usually easy to spot. The redwoods are a big tourist area, so you'll have the opportunity to bike through trees that most people drive their cars through. After leaving the redwoods, you'll enjoy scenic riding along the Pacific Ocean, where the route climbs and descends along the coastal headlands.

Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco is a real treat, and the route stays on the western edge of the city. Heading southward along the coast, there are numerous state beaches. If you're at the Año Nuevo State Reserve during the elephant seal mating season in January, viewing the seals is not to be missed. North of Monterey, acres of farms begin to appear in the Salinas Valley, a prime agricultural area known as the "Salad Bowl of the World."

After leaving Carmel, the ride south on the Pacific Coast Highway along the Big Sur Coast is the most spectacular portion of the route for many cyclists. This winding, scenic road high above the ocean has been seen many times in television shows, commercials, and movies. Leaving the Santa Lucia Mountains and the coast, it is evident that you've reached "southern" California. You'll encounter many fertile farms and areas with various degrees of development. Santa Barbara is an easy town to cycle through. When you reach Malibu, you'll find tremendous congestion and view hundreds of trophy homes built into the hillsides or along the beaches. This is the northern end of the Los Angeles megalopolis.

Beginning in Santa Monica, the route uses some beautiful bike paths that go right through the middle of the sandy beaches, and then you'll ride through residential and industrial areas before rejoining the Pacific Coast Highway south of the city. All the way to San Diego, there will be a mix of urban cycling through towns, bike paths, highways, and shore roads. Through San Diego and its suburbs, the route follows residential streets and bike paths to the Coronado Pedestrian-Bicycle Ferry, which takes you to Coronado and a bike path along Silver Strand State Beach, then to the route's end at Border Field State Park next to the Mexican border.

Photo by Russ Roca

The route's terrain in Canada and Washington is flat to rolling hills, with a few climbs. Biking along the Oregon coast means hills, and some of them are steep, but it also means that your spectacular views will be well-earned. Don't forget that your uphills on one side of a coastal headland mean a downhill on the other side.

Northern California is generally hilly, with lots of ups and downs following the coastline. There is a large climb/descent between Leggett and the coastal highway on section 3. The route remains hilly until Santa Barbara. Some sections in the southern part of the route are rolling to flat, especially along the various cities' bike paths along the beaches.

This route can be ridden at any time of the year, but spring and autumn are optimal periods to avoid the heavy tourist traffic in the summer. And be forewarned: winter rains can cause flooding and mud slides and may close roads, especially along the northern California coast. Dense fog can also be a problem during any season. Washington and Oregon normally have dry sunny weather in August and September while the spring season is usually rainy. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns, but during summer, strong winds will prevail from north to south.

There are plenty of services along the route. The Oregon coast draws a large amount of tourists, so it has the facilities to cater to them. For those who are camping, there are many state park campgrounds near the beaches with hiker/biker sites.

In California, there is a stretch between Half Moon Bay and Davenport south of San Francisco that doesn't have much to offer, so plan ahead with extra drinks and snacks. The northern and southern coasts are high-profile tourist areas, so facilities are numerous, but be prepared for higher prices. For those who like to camp, there are many appealing campgrounds at state parks near the beaches, perfect for watching dramatic sunsets. The 60 miles south of Big Sur have very limited services.

Some campgrounds will charge a cyclist traveling alone less if they have hiker/biker sites, but often they will charge the price of a regular tent or RV site, and that can easily be $10-$40/night (higher in tourist areas). The maps list churches that have opened their doors to cyclists, but they aren't all that closely spaced. If you're friendly and ask around, you can often get yourself invited to camp in a yard. Our routes sometimes go through national forests (moreso in the west) and you are allowed to camp anywhere on national forest land as long as you "pack it in, pack it out." Many city parks are free to camp in.

You may also wish to sign up with Warmshowers , a reciprocal hospitality site for bicycle travelers, for other overnight options.

Public Transit Option to the US-Mexico Border at San Ysidro

You can ride on the mapped route to the Broadway Ferry Pier on the San Diego waterfront, and then ride off route 2 blocks east on Broadway to the America Plaza light rail station, where you will get on the southbound Blue Line light-rail train (although it’s referred to locally as a “trolley”).

You may take your bike aboard the San Diego Trolley at any time, even during rush hour — but there are limits. During rush hours (6-9 AM and 3-6 PM on weekdays) only one bicycle is allowed on each trolley car. At other times, two bicycles are allowed on each trolley car. Buy a regular trolley ticket or pass.

From downtown San Diego, a trip to the Mexican border will take about 45 minutes on the Imperial Way blue line. To get to the San Ysidro border station, you will need to get on the blue line at any station going south toward San Ysidro. You will take the line all the way to the end and get off at San Ysidro.

  • Map of the MTS light rail system
  • Information about the ride to the Mexican border

Route Highlights

Pacific coast highlights.

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Section 1
  • Deception Pass State Park, Section 1
  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Section 1
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory, Section 2
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Section 2
  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Section 2
  • Redwood National Park, Section 3
  • The Lost Coast, Lost Coast Alternate, Section 3
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Section 3
  • Point Reyes National Seashore, Section 3
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Section 3
  • San Francisco, California, Section 4
  • Golden Gate Park, Section 4
  • Monterey, California, Section 4
  • Big Sur Coast, Section 4
  • California Sea Otter Game Refuge, Section 4
  • Santa Barbara, California, Section 4
  • Los Angeles, California, Section 5
  • San Diego, California, Section 5

More Route Resources

  • U.S./Canada Visa Information
  • Translink, biking and transit in Vancouver  (British Columbia)
  • City of Vancouver Cycling Map  (British Columbia)
  • Vancouver area Cycling Map  (British Columbia)
  • How To Travel With Your Bike on Amtrak
  • U.S. Bicycle Routes in Washington (Washington)
  • No-Turn-Away Bike Camping Policies (Washington)
  • South Bay Trail, Bellingham  (Washington)
  • Interurban Trail, Bellingham  (Washington)
  • Washington State Ferry System
  • Larry Scott Trail, Port Townsend  (Washington)
  • Seattle Bicycling Guide Map  (Washington)
  • Wahkiakum County Ferry  (Washington)
  • Portland to the Coast by Bike map (Oregon)
  • Oregon Coast Bike Route
  • Tillamook County Transportation District bus between Portland and the coast (Oregon)
  • U.S. Bicycle Routes in California (California)
  • Caltrans State Highway Conditions  (California)
  • California bike maps
  • Caltrans Pacific Coast Bike Route (Northern California)
  • Yurok Country Visitor Center  (Northern California)
  • Hammond Trail, McKinleyville  (Northern California)
  • Humboldt Bay Trail, Arcata (Northern California)
  • Eureka Waterfront Trail (Northern California)
  • Hikshari' Trail, Eureka (Northern California)
  • Caltrans District 5 Central Bike Map (Central California)
  • Marin County Bicycle Map  (California)
  • Cross Marin Trail (California)
  • Mill Valley Sausalito Bike Path (California)
  • Golden Gate Bridge (California)
  • San Francisco Airport bicycle assembly stations (California)
  • San Francisco Bay Trail Maps  (California)
  • Marin Bike Map (California)
  • San Francisco Bay Ferry  (California)
  • Devil's Slide Coastal Trail (California)
  • Santa Cruz County Bikeways Map  (California)
  • Monterey County Bike Map  (California)
  • San Luis Obispo County Bike Maps  (California)
  • Santa Barbara County Bike Maps  (California)
  • Los Angeles County Bike Maps  (California)
  • Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau (California)
  • San Diego Regional Bike Maps  (California)
  • Border Field State Park  (California)
  • Connect and share photos with other riders on Instagram: #acaPacCoast 


The route through metropolitan Vancouver traverses quiet neighborhoods, commercial and busy city streets, and suburbia. It uses a combination of low and highly trafficked streets, bridge walkways, and separate bike paths. Ride defensively; traffic will be moderate to heavy almost all the way to the border. You can call 3-1-1 or 604-873-7000, or go to to download or purchase the “City of Vancouver Cycling Map and Guide.” Another useful cycling map of the Vancouver area can be found here: .

Washington’s northwest coast and its islands are a tourist destination so expect heavier summer traffic, especially on the U.S. and state highways.

In Blaine, Washington, the route follows U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 97 along the coastal plain south to Bellingham, which has plane, train, and bus service. On SR 548 traffic is generally light. South of Birch Bay, the route enters leased oil refinery lands with gated roads that are closed to vehicles yet remain open for cyclists. USBRs 87 and 95 briefly join the route in Bellingham, and USBR 10 runs concurrent with it near Anacortes. Be aware that signs can be damaged, stolen, or otherwise missing so you can never rely totally on following signs. For more information see .

In Bellingham, the route takes advantage of the multi-use separated South Bay Trail, , and the Interurban Trail, , with surfaces varying from pavement to crushed limestone. The city has moderate traffic. Leaving it, Chuckanut Dr./SR 11 has lots of weekend traffic, and shoulders on a portion of it. The route uses the Interurban Trail into and through Larrabee State Park. Sections of Chuckanut Dr./SR 11 in and south of the park are rolling and very scenic, but narrow with short sight distances, and minimal to no shoulders, so use extra caution and ride defensively.

From Anacortes, the Washington State Ferries travel to the San Juan Islands and to Sidney, British Columbia. In Washington call 888-808-7977, or outside the state 206-464-6400 for information. A ferry also runs from Bremerton to Seattle. For schedules go to . Our Washington Parks Route, Section 1 map includes routing on three of the San Juan Islands.

South of Anacortes, our routing avoids SR 20 where possible but you’ll still ride on sections of it. The Deception Pass bridge is narrow and can have heavy traffic. Whidbey Island has some rolling to hilly terrain. There are several narrow two-lane sections and congested areas near the island’s towns; traffic is generally light away from SR 20.

Leaving Port Townsend, the route uses the Larry Scott Trail, , then it’s onto rolling to hilly roads with moderate traffic. The two-lane, 1.5-mile Hood Canal Bridge has 8-foot shoulders and is subject to crosswinds. Ride to the far right to avoid several sections of the bridge deck grating.

Traffic can be heavy on the bridge and on the 3.2-mile section of SR 3 immediately south of the bridge. The route through Silverdale and Bremerton is often on nondivided four-lane roads with high levels of traffic. It follows Kitsap Way/ SR 310 into Bremerton to avoid climbing the steep hills west of town. A 1.5-mile spur is shown to reach the Bremerton ferry terminal if you want to catch a ride to Seattle. Prepare to ride defensively on the 2.3-mile stretch of highly trafficked SR 3 leaving Bremerton, but be reassured that this stretch is short and shoulders are wide.

Continuing south, roads are rural with moderate hills around Shelton and Elma. The route avoids highways as much as possible, and stays on lesser-trafficked county roads. Traffic increases on Old Highway 99 north of Centralia.

Castle Rock and Longview both have short sections of bike paths to avoid the city traffic. SR 4 carries heavy recreational traffic to and from the coast. The highway has intermittent shoulders so ride defensively. The Wahkiakum County ferry crosses the Columbia River. For a schedule see .

In Oregon, you’ll ride west on U.S. 30, which carries moderate traffic and has wide shoulders most of the way into Astoria. Routing onto several side roads give respite from the traffic. In Astoria, the Astoria Riverwalk intermittently consists of planks running in the direction of travel. Gaps between the planks can make cycling dangerous for bikes with tires narrower than 40c.

All known Amtrak stations are listed on this map but not all stations provide bicycle service. Check if bicycle service is provided at both the starting and ending stations on your trip using the spreadsheet and other trip planning resources at .

Washington’s climate is mild and climatic elements combine to produce a predominantly marine-type climate west of the Cascade Mountains. Summers are cool and comparatively dry and winters are mild, wet and cloudy. The wet season begins in October, reaches a peak in winter, then gradually decreases in the spring.

If you want to ride between Portland and the coast here’s a link with information: .

In Astoria, the Astoria Riverwalk consists of intermittent planks running lengthwise in the direction of travel. Gaps between the planks make it hazardous for cyclists riding on narrow tires so be aware.

Along the Oregon Coast the route often uses U.S. 101, a two-lane and occasionally a four-lane highway popular with tourists. During the summer months and on holidays and weekends this highway carries moderate to heavy recreational traffic. This is also timber country, so watch for logging trucks.

Many improvements for bicycle traffic have been made along U.S. 101. In places the shoulders have been widened and striped. Tunnels are well-lit, and the tunnel at Arch Cape has a flashing light that you activate to warn motorists that you are in the tunnel.

The Oregon DOT publishes an “Oregon Coast Bike Route” map. Their route is signed and in places it differs from the Adventure Cycling route. Contact ODOT at advcy .link/ orbikeroute or 503-986-3555 for a map.

Bridges are frequent along the coast. Many have shoulders but are narrower than the highway itself. Avoid moving suddenly into the traffic lane when approaching bridges. Ride carefully on the narrow bridge between Astoria and Miles Crossing as it is very slick when wet.

Where the route leaves U.S. 101 the roads are generally more rough and without shoulders, but traffic tends to be light. The stretch of U.S. 101 north of Tillamook is very busy.

The profile shows steep ascents/descents over coastal headlands, notably between Cannon Beach and Manzanita.

The 15.5-mile Three Capes Scenic Option has been closed since January, 2013, due to a landslide. The terrain is unstable and continues to shift. Cyclists should not ride it, though locals occasionally do. The Netarts Highway/SR 131 shouldn’t be ridden either due to fast traffic, no shoulders, and limited sightlines. The main route south of Tillamook includes a deteriorating roadbed and a short steep climb and 0.5-mi. of gravel. An option to avoid the gravel is to ride the Oregon Coast Bicycle Route. It connects Tillamook and Sand Lake via US 101 and Sand Lake Rd. It is 3.8 miles longer than the main route. Here is a link to a map: advcy .link/tillamook101det .

Bus trans­por­tation to Portland from several lo­ca­tions along the coast can be arranged through the Tillamook County Trans­por­tation District. More in­for­mation is available at: .

Traffic is heavier near and in Lincoln City, and thins again on the gentle grades around Newport and Waldport.

South of Yachats the route climbs along rocky headlands and encounters some narrow, winding stretches. The road width and surface improve past Florence.

On the north side of North Bend, the 1-mile long steel bridge is very narrow and there is potential for occasional high winds. You can use the sidewalk to cross but its width is only 40 inches.

From North Bend southward the route leaves U.S. 101 on narrow roads through tree-covered dunes. There is a 1.5-mile bike path along Cape Arago Hwy. just south of the North Bend/Coos Bay area. Between Charleston and Bandon the route is quite hilly on narrow, rough roads.

The 30-mile Coos Bay Bridge Bypass just N. of Bandon is 3.5 miles longer than the main route. You’ll use quiet, residental roads along the east side of the bay, then join U.S. 101. Southward, portions of the highway are a separated four-lane highway, then it becomes two-lanes. Shoulder widths are variable.

West of Sixes, 5 miles off route, is Cape Blanco State Park, which calls itself the “most westerly Park in the continental U.S.”

Once you enter California, the route leaves U.S. 101 and uses rural side roads into Crescent City.

Fog may be encountered anywhere along the coast year around, especially in the early morning hours. If the fog is thick, it is best not to bike. If you do choose to proceed, wear a safety triangle, or a hunter’s orange vest. Use lights if you have them, and pull well over to the side of the road when a car overtakes you. Ride with the attitude that the motorist cannot see you. For your own safety, it is best to wait until the fog burns off before riding. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns, but during summer, strong winds will prevail from north to south.

U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 95 has been designated in California. Portions of our route run concurrent with it. For more information and maps see .

Because the tourist traffic tends to be even heavier in summer, we recommend that you ride this route in the spring or autumn. Note that most of the state’s rainfall occurs between November and mid-April, leaving May and September - October as the best months for riding.

If riding in summer is your only option, be advised that traffic often increases after 10:00 a.m. Especially on the extremely winding northern portion of this route, consider setting out at first light and stopping by 10:00 a.m. Along the coast heavy fog can also be a problem. If fog obscures the terrain, don’t ride. By riding in fog you’re putting yourself at risk, so adjust your schedule if necessary,

Much of U.S. 101 is a four- or six-lane divided highway with paved shoulders. Be particularly cautious at entrance and exit ramps, where you’ll encounter high-speed crossing traffic. Wherever possible, between Crescent City and Leggett, the route leaves U.S. 101 and follows local roads with intermittent shoulders. The Newton B. Drury Parkway north of Orick is closed at night. Patricks Point Dr. north of Trinidad has narrow to nonexistent shoulders and low visibility. Grizzly Bluff Rd. east of Ferndale has stretches with rough surfaces, and carries logging and farming equipment. Cyclists can stay on U.S. 101 to avoid these roads. Due to winter storms, flooding, and mud slides, parts of this route are closed occasionally. Detours are posted, and you can usually stay on U.S. 101. Tourist traffic is heavy throughout the redwoods from Scotia to Leggett. A short detour ride along Mattole Rd. in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park allows views of the largest redwoods in the area.

Separate bike paths/trails are being built, and added on to throughout this map section. You’ll use the Hammond Trail, , and the Humboldt Bay Trail North, , near Arcata. The Waterfront Trail, , and the Hikshari’ Trail, , take you off busy streets in Eureka.

The 65.5-mile Lost Coast Alternate is VERY hilly with arduous climbs and few services; it offers isolated beaches, mountain views, and riding through redwood groves. Traffic is minimal. It is 35.3 miles longer than the main route, and includes about 8,500 feet of climbing in 65 miles. Road conditions can deteriorate from heavy rains, so confirm conditions locally before choosing this option.

At Leggett you’ll leave U.S. 101 and return to the coast via SR 1, but not before climbing again. From either direction this road is a steep, twisting climb and descent on a narrow roadway that is hemmed in by heavy forest cover. Allow ample time for the arduous 28.5 miles between Leggett and Westport.

From Westport to Bodega Bay SR 1 hugs the coastline, passing through small towns. SR 1 can be winding and narrow, and has little to no shoulders. Enjoy the scenery but always ride defensively. Traffic increases from Fort Bragg to Mendocino. The stretch between Fort Ross and Jenner is particularly hazardous due to the narrow, winding highway located high above the ocean along the bluffs.

In Marin County, traffic increases on the route from Valley Ford to Marshall, especially on weekends. You’ll ride on the mostly paved and busy Cross Marin Trail, , through Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Between Fairfax and the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll be riding in an urban environment. The route follows a signed bike route along residential streets wherever possible. The Mill Valley Sausalito Bike Path, , bypasses the U.S. 101 freeway interchanges in Mill Valley and Sausalito. Contact the Marin County Bicycle Coalition for their map at: . There is also a map of the San Francisco Bay Trail available at: , and general California bike maps at: .

Along the western side of the Coast Range the climate is dominated by the Pacific Ocean. Warm winters, cool summers, small daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and high relative humidities are characteristic of this area. During summer months fog quickly lifts to form a deck of low clouds that extend inland only a short distance. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns, but during summer, strong winds will prevail from the north.


Note that the EAST sidewalk includes pedestrians and is often crowded with tourists.

2nd Monday in March - 1st Sunday in November (Daylight Savings Time):

  • WEEKDAYS: 5:00 AM to 3:30 PM access via EAST sidewalk; 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM access WEST sidewalk. 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM access via EAST sidewalk using remotely controlled security gates located at both ends of the sidewalk.
  • WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM access via WEST sidewalk; 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM access via EAST sidewalk. Use remotely controlled security gates located at both ends of the sidewalk all hours.

For access from 1st Sunday in November - 2nd Monday in March, see

Because coastal traffic tends to be even heavier in summer, we recommend that you ride in the spring or autumn. May and September through October are the best months. During summer, strong winds prevail from north to south.

To view an interactive Caltrans map of where bicycling is allowed on central California coast highways see: .

From the Golden Gate Bridge, the route heads through The Presidio and Golden Gate Park. You’ll skirt metropolitan San Francisco and the cities south of it using residental streets and wide arterial streets with shoulders. For maps and other resources contact the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: . For bike assembly station locations at the San Francisco International Airport see: . After rejoining SR 1, you’ll encounter heavy traffic but here SR 1 has shoulders in most places.

Use caution when approaching the Tom Lantos Tunnel. The tunnel is wide, well lit and has a good shoulder. The Devil’s Slide Trail avoids the tunnel. It is paved with great views. Information on the trail can be found at: . The Santa Cruz County Bikeways map can be found here: . There is a paved bike path along the Santa Cruz waterfront.

The Monterey area is extremely busy the third week in August due to the Monterey Car Week event. A bike map of Monterey County is available at: . For scenic views 17 Mile Dr. Alternate may be ridden around the peninsula. This alternate is 12 miles longer than the main route. The road is narrow and can be busy. Admission is charged for vehicles but bicyclists are free.

Between Carmel Highlands and San Simeon there are few services; carry extra food and water. This is a beautiful but demanding road with minimal shoulders traversing open grasslands and timbered slopes. State and national forest camp­grounds provide sites overlooking the beach. They are quiet in the off season but extremely busy in the summer. You’ll encounter 5 major climbs along the boundary of the Los Padres National Forest. SR 1 here is two-lane and the terrain is rolling between climbs. This area is subject to slides and closures during winter rains; call Caltrans at 800-427-7623 for current information if riding in winter or go to: .

The route flattens south of Harmony. For a San Luis Obispo County bike map see: . From Morro Bay to Pismo Beach you’ll leave SR 1 for local county and state roads with intermittent shoulders. Harris Grade Rd. into Lompoc has no shoulders but traffic is minimal.

South of Lompoc the route again follows SR 1. Allow extra riding time here; the terrain is hilly with two long grades. You’ll then join US 101 and ride back to the coastline.

From Goleta eastward you’ll use business arterials and bike paths to enter Santa Barbara. To avoid the meandering bike path you can continue east on Hollister Ave. all the way to Modoc Rd. For a city of Santa Barbara Bike Map see: .

The Coast Range parallels the coastline from the Oregon border to just north of the Los Angeles Basin. The principal break in the Coast Range is at San Francisco Bay where a sea level opening permits an abundant inflow of marine air to the interior of the state under certain circulation patterns.

Thunderstorms may occur at any time of the year near the coast and Central Valley and are usually light and infrequent. Relative humidities are moderate to high along the coast. Fog can linger in the mornings so make sure you can be seen and ride cautiously.

Most of California’s roads carry heavy loads of motorized traffic, and as the state’s population and its popularity as a travel destination increases, the traffic also grows. You’ll be sharing the roads with both recreational and commercial traffic – i.e., be on the lookout for cars, pickups, RVs, trailers, logging trucks, and agricultural-product trucks. Moreover, portions of the route are extremely hilly and winding, with numerous blind corners, and no paved shoulders. Those who are not from California, and those who are accustomed to riding on less-trafficked roads, need to be wary and constantly aware.

Because the heavy motorized traffic tends to be even heavier in summer, we recommend that you ride this route in the spring or autumn. May, September, or October are the best months for riding. (Note that, during summer, strong winds prevail from north to south.)

In Santa Barbara and the towns surrounding it, prepare for urban riding conditions. U.S. 101 between Santa Barbara and Ventura is closed to bicyclists (except for a short section south of Carpinteria), so you’ll mostly ride on city streets and county roads.

Traffic builds near Ventura and Oxnard, then tapers off until Los Angeles County. South of the Ventura/Los Angeles County line you’ll ride through Malibu on a four- and six-lane freeway with wide shoulders. Cars are often parked along the road for beach access. Be alert while riding. Traffic is heavier on weekends and during the summer.

Through Los Angeles you’ll be using beachside bicycle and pedestrian paths used by cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, and rollerbladers. These paths, eight to twenty feet in width, are not hazard free. Caution is necessary to avoid collisions, and your progress will be slow. Ride early in the day, avoiding Saturday and Sunday when possible. See to view a Los Angeles County bikeways map.

You’ll follow city streets through Torrance and Carson, then follow bike paths through Long Beach. At Seal Beach the route rejoins the busy Pacific Coast Highway (which has shoulders). As a precaution, don’t ride after dark through the metropolitan areas. Much of the route alternates between beach bike paths, city streets, and the Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1).

Between San Clemente and Oceanside, the route uses 7.7 miles of I-5. Traffic is fast and heavy. Only ride during daylight hours. For safety reasons, you should exit and re-enter the freeway at the rest area.

You’ll encounter busy local traffic on the route between Carlsbad and La Jolla, but the road shoulders are continuous. See for San Diego County bike maps. South of La Jolla, you’ll pedal along residential streets and pedestrian/bike paths. Ride with extra caution. At the Broadway Pier, you’ll take a pedestrian/bike only ferry (open daylight hours year-round, see for schedule) to Coronado, and follow a quiet bike path through Silver Strand State Beach along San Diego Bay. The route ends in Border Field State Park south of Imperial Beach. The entrance gate may be closed limiting vehicle access but bicyclists and pedestrians are allowed on the road into the Park. Monument Road floods occasionally. Check the current status: .

Southern California’s climate is dominated by the Pacific Ocean. Warm winters, cool summers, small daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and high relative humidities are characteristic. Summer is a dry period.

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The Rolling Pack

Pacific Coast Bike Route Complete Guide

Updated February 2023

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The Pacific Coast bike route is one of the most beautiful bike routes on Earth! People travel from all over the world to bicycle tour the Pacific Coast Highway. In this complete guide to the Pacific Coast bike route I’ll share everything you need to know to start planning your Pacific Coast bicycle tour today!

Pacific Coast Bike Route scenic viewpoint

What is the Pacific Coast Bike Route (PCBR)?

The PCBR is a cycling route that follows the entire West coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico. Most of the route takes you down the world famous Pacific Coast Highway, although the bike route does have several detours through beautiful forests, towns, and quiet roads. 

The PCBR begins at the US/Canada border in Vancouver, and runs to the US/Mexico border in San Diego. The entire route covers around 1800 miles!

Do you need to be an athlete to cycle the pacific coast?

One little known fact about the PCBR is that it is an AWESOME route for beginner cycle tourists (like me)! In fact, Tom and I didn’t pull our bicycles out of storage until just two weeks before our trip (I recommend getting your butt in the saddle at least a month before your cycle tour, but I’m proof that you can cut it closer). 

We were able to get away with this because it is really easy to take it as fast or as slow as you want on the PCBR thanks to easily accessible cyclist-friendly camping and lodging, TONS of food options, and plenty of well-maintained bike lanes/bike paths throughout the route.

This route is absolutely doable for newbie bicycle tourists!

pacific coast bike route welcome to california highway sign

Tom and I are not cyclists. We enjoy bike riding, and we do it occasionally, but that’s the extent of our cycling experience. We have done two cycle tours down sections of the PCBR (our first was in 2016), but besides that our bikes mostly sit in storage.

With that said, the PCBR has a LOT of hills (big hills, small hills, steep hills, ALL the hills), so if you don’t prepare much for the ride you should expect your first week to be challenging. 

Pacific Coast Bike Route Camping 

pacific coast bike route hiker biker campsite

I highly recommend camping along the PCBR! Washington, Oregon, and California (especially Oregon) have made camping SO easy for bicycle tourists. 

All three states have “hiker/biker” campsites at many of their state parks. These cyclist-friendly sites are available for $5-$10 per person, and no reservation is needed. If you show up on your bicycle they will not turn you away!

bike tour pacific coast

The campgrounds along the PCH are very popular, and many of them are fully booked for car camping 6 months in advance! Cycling (or hiking) the Pacific Coast is the only way to experience these beautiful campgrounds without reservations!

Many of the hiker/biker sites feature lockers, charging stations, and bicycle repair stations. Most of them will allow you to stay up to 3 nights, so you can take rest days and enjoy the parks. 

We chose to view our PCBR tour as a slow vacation along the coast. We took our time, and fully enjoyed the awesome campgrounds.

Other Lodging Options on the Pacific Coast  

pacific coast bike route sunset view with bicycles

There are plenty of motels along the PCBR, and with some advance planning you could certainly plan your entire tour hotel to hotel. 

Keep in mind that the Pacific Coast is a HUGE tourist destination, so it may be difficult (or impossible) to get a last minute room.

We stopped at motels a few times on our trip, but we always booked a few days in advance. This was especially true for the time we traveled (June/July 2021), because summer is the most popular season on the coast.


There are plenty of hotels along the PCBR, and, again, with advance planning you could certainly travel hotel to hotel for your tour. 

With this option you should expect to spend around $300/night for lodging. 

Warm Showers

Warm Showers is an app that connects cyclists with people who can host cycle tourists in their home (or yard) for free. Most hosts are cyclists themselves, and this is a really cool way to connect with local cyclists along the route.

However, there are not a lot of warm showers hosts on the PCBR compared to the number of cycle tourists riding it. This simply means you should not plan to rely on warm showers. 

We utilized it once on our first PCBR cycle tour, and had an amazing experience with a lovely host who we are still friends with 5 years later!

Brittany Wittig photographing mountains at sunrise, and the words "How to Leap without frying your nervous system"

What to eat on the Pacific Coast Bike Route

cycling the pacific coast restaurant with burgers

One of the BEST parts of the PCBR is the easy access to TONS of good food! Fresh seafood, farm to table cafes, craft beer breweries, and a wide variety of restaurants are the norm along this route. 

Once you get into California you will also travel through San Francisco and Los Angeles, two major culinary destinations! Below we’ve included a few of the food stops that really stood out for us. 

Food Recommendations on the PCBR

Tacos la providencia (tillamook, or).

We actually did not eat here, but we heard many cyclists talking about these amazing, authentic street tacos. Unfortunately they were closed when we rode by!

Nevor Shellfish Farm (near Cape Lookout State Park, OR)

This is a little stand on the side of the road where you can get super fresh oysters (and a few other seafood items). You’ll bike right by this on your way to Cape Lookout State Park.

Pelican Brewing (Pacific City, OR)

This is a brewery and restaurant serving delicious craft beers alongside perfectly fried fish and chips! It’s a popular spot, but you can have a beer on the patio while you wait to be seated.

Rogue Brewery (Newport, OR)

Another awesome craft brewery and restaurant, the food at Rogue is delicious, and they have a huge variety of beers to choose from. You can also take a brewery tour here!

Clawson’s Wheel House (Florence, OR)

You’ll bike right by this Southern-style diner on your way to Honeyman State Park in Florence, and I highly recommend you stop! We had breakfast here, and it was SO delicious with huge portions (bike tourist heaven). The biscuits alone make it worth a stop. 

Barnacle Bistro (Gold Beach, CA)

The burgers and french fries here were mind-blowingly good. Seriously, one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Definitely stop in here when you go through Gold Beach, you’ll bike right by it!

Paul’s Famous Smoked Salmon (Klamath, CA)  

This little smoked salmon stand on the side of the highway is not to be missed. Perfectly smoked salmon that basically melts in your mouth!

No Name Burger Stand (Ferndale, CA)

This tiny burger hut was just what we needed after a long, cold day of cycling into Ferndale. They have amazing burgers, fries, and milkshakes! This stand is in the middle of a ranching community, and the beef is locally sourced. 

Peg’s Place (Standish hickey, CA)

This might be our favorite restaurant on the entire PCBR. Peg’s Place is just across the street from the Standish Hickey State Recreation Area which has an awesome hiker/biker campsite. 

Peg’s Place features organic, locally sourced ingredients, and craft beer on tap. Alongside the burgers and sandwiches you can also get super fresh grilled oysters!

Peg’s Place also has a convenience store where they serve espresso drinks, made-to-order deli sandwiches, and a variety of camping supplies and basic groceries.

Cowlick’s Ice Cream (Ft Bragg, CA)

We had ice cream here twice it was so good! Made in house ice cream, with some really special flavors that constantly change.

Thai Vegan Santa Monica

This one is a bit of a cheat, because we didn’t actually cycle through Santa Monica. However, this is just off the PCBR and it used to be my go-to for Thai food when I lived in Santa Monica! 

This little Thai food stand makes absolutely delicious Thai food, and if you’re not vegan, no worries, you won’t be able to tell it’s vegan anyway!

Groceries on the Pacific Coast Bike Route

There are lots and lots of grocery stores along the PCBR. You will have no trouble finding groceries so you can cook your own food. 

We usually ate one meal out per day and then cooked the rest of our meals, but you could easily cook all your meals if you wanted. Below we’ve shared our favorite bike camping meals!

Favorite Bike Touring Camp Meals 

bike camping food granola and powdered milk

Corn beef hash and hard boiled eggs

This is straight up protein, fat, and calories, and it makes an awesome meal after a long day on the bikes. We usually get a 6 pack of eggs and hard boil all 6. Hard boiled eggs keep for 24-36 hours without refrigeration once boiled so they make an awesome snack on the road.

Refried bean tacos

Tortillas are easy to pack in your panniers, and can be used for all sorts of things! For these tacos we would use a can of refried black beans, Fritos, avocado, cheddar cheese (a block can last 2 days without refrigeration), and hot sauce. Combine it all in tortillas for tacos!

Avocado and hard boiled egg wraps  

This is an easy and delicious breakfast if you’ve already hard boiled some eggs! The two spices we carried were a small salt shaker and a small bottle of garlic powder, and those are both good with these wraps.

Honey and peanut butter rollups for quick sugar boost  

Peanut butter and honey rolled up in a tortilla is surprisingly awesome when you’ve just biked 20 miles!

Mac n cheese with pouched salmon  

Be sure to get the mac and cheese where you just add cheese sauce (no milk or butter required). This is another protein and fat heavy meal, but the fat in salmon is significantly healthier than the corned beef.

Granola and powdered milk

Our go-to breakfast, you just add water to the powdered milk. Try to get a brand of powdered milk that is whole milk (not skim or lowfat). Our favorite brand is a Mexican product called Nido, and can be found in the Mexican products section of many grocery stores.

Ramen with an egg and veggies

Ramen is basically useless on its own because there are so few nutrients, but if you add in an egg and some broccoli, carrots, and kale you have a filling, nutritious meal!

Powdered bone broth

This was one of our FAVORITE snacks! All you have to do is heat water and add the powdered bone broth, and you can sip it right out of a mug. There’s tons of protein in this, and the flavor is amazing. We drank this before bed instead of tea or hot cocoa. 

We were only able to find this in the Ray’s Groceries in Oregon and Northern California, so if you pass by a Ray’s stock up on this. It’s located by the bouillon cubes in the soup aisle.

Chocolate covered espresso beans

We grabbed these whenever we saw them. A couple of these will give you a quick boost of energy when you need it!

Pacific Coast Bike Route Map

Since the PCBR is an Adventure Cycling route, the best maps for the PCBR are the ones sold by Adventure Cycling . These maps show elevation change, distance between stopping points, campgrounds, bike shops, and they give bits of advice for specific route sections as well. 

Also, these maps will route you off the highway in areas where the shoulder disappears or traffic is notoriously bad, OR if there’s a scenic spot you definitely don’t want to miss!

For the Oregon section you can get a free Oregon Coast Bike route map here .

Pacific Coast Bike Route Gear 

Brittany and Tom in a hiker biker campsite with bicycles


The most important piece of gear is, of course, going to be your bicycle! I highly recommend a touring bicycle for the PCBR.

Tom rides a Surly Disc Trucker , and that is the bike I would recommend if you want the best, most comfortable touring bike. It is quite expensive, but well worth the money.

I ride an REI brand touring bicycle, the Novara Safari, and I have been really, really happy with it. Unfortunately, REI no longer makes the Novara line of bicycles. However, their Co-op bicycle brand looks very comparable, and this model in particular appears both affordable and very high quality .

If these bikes are giving you sticker shock consider finding a used touring bike on Craigslist or Ebay.

Another trick, if you are an REI member, is to wait for the big annual sale so you can use your 20% off coupon on a touring bike! This is what I did when I bought my Safari, and it saved me hundreds of dollars!

NOTE : If you are not yet an REI member I would highly recommend joining before you begin gearing up for your bicycle tour. You will get 10% of your purchases back as a dividend at the end of the year, and the sales/discounts you’ll have access to as a member are well worth it!


You’re going to need panniers (saddlebags) for your tour! It is worth spending the money to get good panniers. There’s nothing worse than having a pivotal piece of gear fail in the middle of nowhere!

I use Timbuk2 brand Tandem Panniers , and I really like them. I originally purchased these because they have a dedicated laptop compartment, and on our first tour I traveled with my computer. They’re also really affordable, and a great value.

Brittany adjusting her bicycle panniers

Nowadays I leave the computer home, but I still love these panniers! They’re easy to put on and take off my bike, they’re easy to tie things to, and they’ve traveled over 1500 miles with me without issue. They came with a rain cover, but they are only water resistant, not waterproof.

If you are planning to cycle the PCBR in any season other than summer you may want to invest in pricier, waterproof panniers. Ortlieb makes the best waterproof panniers . Tom uses these, and they are pretty awesome.

You will likely need four panniers per bike, two in the rear and two in the front. Be sure that you pack heavier items in the back, otherwise your ability to steer will be affected.

Packing Cubes

These are a must for organizing your clothes in your panniers. I use these Gonex compression cubes, and I love them!

I’ve used these cubes to pack my backpack for Southeast Asia, for hiking trips, and for bicycle touring. You could even use these in a regular suitcase to keep things organized, so they’re a super useful purchase!

Handlebar bags 

Your handlebar bag will become your best friend on your bicycle tour. It will be the one bag you can reach into while you ride, and it will be the bag you grab to take into restaurants and shops with you.

You want a handlebar bag that can be quickly and easily released, and that can be accessed while riding. You also don’t want a handlebar bag that is too big or heavy!

I use this Topeak compact handlebar bag , and I LOVE it! It’s well designed, attaches to the bike securely, and has a quick release feature.

Visibility Vests

Brittany and Tom wearing safety vests at PCH scenic viewpoint

These are absolutely essential on the PCBR. You want to be as visible as possible so that distracted tourists notice you on the road!

We wore these runner’s safety vests , and they were awesome. They’re super lightweight and mesh so you don’t even notice you’re wearing them!

Flashing lights

Again, this is a must-have piece of safety equipment so that driver’s notice you on the road!

We each mounted one of these Planet Bike red flashing lights on the back of our bike, and we carried extra batteries.

Cooking Set 

You’re going to want a compact and lightweight cooking set if you plan to cook meals for yourself. Even if you plan to eat out most of the time I recommend at least carrying a stove, fuel, and a pot for boiling water.

We use an MSR pocket rocket stove , and a GSI cooking set . This set is seriously durable. We’ve used it on camping trips, backpacking trips, and both of our bike tours, and it’s held up beautifully!

Sleeping Pad

Good sleep is essential on a bicycle tour, and you will definitely want a good sleeping pad.

I use the Thermarest Prolite Plus women’s sleeping pad, and I highly recommend it. It packs down small, provides great padding and insulation, and is (mostly) self-inflating.

Tom uses an REI brand sleeping pad that is a bit softer than mine, and he plans on switching to a Thermarest for our next camping trip.

Sleeping Bag 

I tested out a new sleeping bag on this bike tour, and I was pleasantly surprised!

This Near Zero down filled bag kept me comfortably warm the whole trip, and it packs down SMALL, like so tiny I was really concerned that it wouldn’t keep me warm enough.

It’s a lot more affordable than other down sleeping bags I looked at, and it held up well the whole trip so I’m happy to share this one with you!


After our last tour I knew I wanted an inflatable pillow, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay the high price tag for the name brand (it’s just a little pillow)!

So I decided to take a risk and try a knockoff brand that had great reviews. To my surprise (and relief) this pillow ended up being AWESOME. It’s easy to inflate and deflate, holds air without any leaking, and packs down super tiny.

I used this Tekology inflatable pillow every single night on our tour, and I’m going to bring it camping from now on!

Since our tent is no longer being produces (it’s a Marmot Limelight 3p) we can’t recommend a specific tent.

Tent in the redwoods on the pacific coast bike route

Be sure to buy a good quality, lightweight tent. This means you should look for 3 season backpacking tents. You don’t want to carry extra weight, and tents can get heavy!

You want something that is easy to put up and take down, and with a vestibule to put your panniers in while you sleep.

Merino Wool Clothes

Merino wool is our new favorite material for outdoor clothes. Tom and I are already huge fans of Darn Tough Socks , which are merino wool and amazingly comfortable, so we decided to try merino wool clothing on this bicycle tour.

(Also, Darn Tough socks have a lifetime warranty , and they really honor it, I’ve actually received a new free pair from them after having worn a hole in one of my socks)!

We both bought merino wool t-shirts and underwear to test out, and were blown away by how comfortable, odorless, and dry they stayed! No matter how much we sweat our merino wool clothes remained dry and comfortable.

Seriously, I can’t recommend these highly enough. They’re pricey, but so worth it for any kind of outdoor activity.

Icebreaker brand makes high quality merino wool shirts and underwear !

U-lock and Mount 

You’ll want a good, solid bike lock on the PCBR. While we never felt unsafe on this route, there are areas where petty theft is a problem, and you won’t want to leave your bike unlocked.

We love Kryptonite locks, they’re heavy duty and easy to use. This U-lock will keep your bike safe , and if you want an easy way to carry it you can mount it right to your bike !

Pacific Coast Bike Route Packing List

Pile of gear to be packed for Pacific Coast bike tour

  • Down sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Lightweight plastic mug
  • Backpacking spoon lightweight
  • Folding Knife
  • Pasta strainer lightweight
  • Backpacking stove
  • Small spatula
  • Titanium spork
  • Dish Sponge
  • Backpacking bowl
  • Backpacking cutting board
  • Plastic water bladders
  • Kitchen Towel
  • 1 trash bag
  • Backpacking skillet
  • Puffy down coat
  • Packing cubes
  • Safety vest for visibility
  • Thermal layer top/bottom
  • Sleeveless synthetic top
  • Merino wool t-shirt x 2
  • Merino wool socks x 3 (Darn Tough brand)
  • Merino wool underwear x 4
  • Buff for hair
  • Bike shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Quick dry towel
  • Compressible backpack
  • D-lock 
  • OTC med kit
  • Emergen-C electrolyte/vitamin mix
  • Dr Bronners soap
  • Lightweight sandals
  • Tube patch kit

Click here to get a free, printable packing checklist for the Pacific Coast Bike Route!

If you’d like more information about the items we packed, and why we chose them check out our Youtube PCBR packing video here !

Traffic on the Pacific Coast Bike Route (and how to avoid it!)

Tom walking his bicycle over a bridge with traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway

The only major downside to the PCBR is the traffic. Since Highway 101 (the Pacific Coast Highway) is so popular, you will definitely encounter traffic on your ride.

If you go in the summer (when the weather is the nicest) you will encounter heavy traffic. 

Like most people, we don’t enjoy cycling next to heavy traffic so we figured out a way to avoid it as much as possible on our tour! 

The trick was to wake up before the sun came up (about 5am), and get on the road just after sunrise. This meant we arrived at our next campsite in the early afternoon, which is when traffic starts to really pick up.

This may sound hard, but actually, once we got in the routine, early morning was the most beautiful time of the trip. We got to see the gorgeous sunrise every morning, and in those early hours we saw SO much cool wildlife!

Sunset over Nehalem Bay in Oregon on the Pacific Coast

We saw sea otters, sea lions, seals, eagles, deer, elk, it was amazing! Plus we had the road all to ourselves for the first few hours, when we could enjoy the scenery of the coast without much noise. 

An important safety tip is to be sure you are VERY visible on the road! We wore neon yellow safety vests while we rode, and we used red flasher lights.

For more information on traffic on the PCBR check out our Youtube video all about avoiding traffic!

How much does it cost to cycle the Pacific Coast bike route?

Touring bicycles packed

The cost of bicycle touring the Pacific Coast varies widely person to person. It depends on how long your trip takes, whether you decide to camp, and what you decide to eat.

I’ve shared four budgets below: Shoestring, Intermediate,High End, Luxury. These are per person daily budget estimates. We definitely fell in the Intermediate category with our budget.

Shoestring Budget

Hiker/Biker site: $8

TOTAL: $25/day

Intermediate Budget

Hiker/Biker site: $8 

TOTAL: $50/day

High End Budget

Motel: $100 (can be shared by two people to reduce cost)

TOTAL: $150/day

Luxury Budget

Hotel: $300

TOTAL: $450

Our spending averaged out to around $100/day for the two of us ($50 per person), and that included 4 nights in motel rooms along the way. That did not include transportation to and from the PCBR. 

How to get to the Pacific Coast Bike Route?

There are many ways to get to the PCBR depending on where you’re coming from. If you’re in the region I highly recommend using Amtrak! They will allow you to reserve a spot for your bike on the train, and you won’t have to take your bike apart, it will go in the baggage car. 

Bicycle loading onto the Amtrak train

Amtrak has connecting buses that service many of the points where you may want to start your tour, and those buses can be booked right along with your train ticket. Be sure to reserve a spot for your bike on the bus as well (it will go under the bus in the luggage area). 

If you live out of the Western region of the USA then it’s easiest to fly to either Seattle or Portland. You will have to take your bike apart and box it for the airplane. Seattle and Portland are both very bike friendly cities, and both airports have bike tool stands in the airport where you can reassemble your bike! 

Amtrak connects at both Portland and Seattle so you can take the train/a bus to your starting spot, OR you can just cycle to the PCBR from the airport. Many people do this. 

We live in Oregon, so on our first tour in 2016 we bicycled to the PCBR from our home city of Eugene. On our most recent tour in 2021 we took the Amtrak train, and a connecting bus to Astoria, Oregon so we could start at the Northern Oregon border.

We had an awesome experience with the Amtrak bicycle service. They were very helpful, and let us stow our panniers with our bikes (don’t count on this! You may need to carry all of your panniers onto the train with you, so prepare accordingly).

Close up of loaded touring bicycle on the Pacific Coast bicycle route

Bicycle touring the PCBR is an awesome travel adventure! If you have any questions about this route feel free to shoot me a message through the contact page or leave a comment below. If you’d like to see photos and videos from our PCBR bicycle tour be sure to follow us on Instagram and Youtube !

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What a fantastic resource! Im hoping to tackle the ride in September 2022 so thanks for all the valuable info. Just curious; how long did you take to compete it? I’ve read a blog where a dude rode from Vancouver to Tijuana in 29 days. Another couple, who took in many of the sights along the way, completed it in 42 days. Still trying to give myself a rough time frame. Thanks again for the info!

Thank you for your reply Brittany. And I was mistaken about the 29 days – the bloggist didn’t include his rest days, so it was 29 riding days plus another 10+ or so for rest. Anyway, 40 to 50 sounds like a reasonable amount of time to enjoy the experience. Cheers!

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The Pacific Coast Bike Route

Cycling through the giants of the Redwoods on the California coastal bike route stretch.

Embark on a captivating journey along the Pacific Coast Bike Route, starting from the vibrant streets of downtown Seattle and unfolding through the majestic Olympic Peninsula. This West Coast cycling adventure takes you through Oregon and Northern California’s diverse landscapes, featuring hidden coastal gems, enduring forests, and lively local communities.

Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for a thrilling transition into San Francisco’s urban excitement, then continue through Southern California’s rich culture. From the flavors of Mexican cuisine to serene bike paths, each pedal stroke leads you to the tranquil finale in San Diego, all while contributing to our cause of supporting those living with multiple sclerosis.

About the Pacific Coast Bike Route

A route highlighting the beauty of cycling the west coast.

Embark on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, a spectacular cycling adventure that spans from the vibrant city of Seattle, Washington, down to the sunny beaches of San Diego, California. This 1,852-mile route is a journey through the most stunning and diverse landscapes the West Coast has to offer.

The Northern Leg: Washington’s Natural Wonders

The journey begins in Seattle, where urban exploration meets the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The route takes you through the scenic Olympic Peninsula, offering views of dense forests and the serene Puget Sound. As you pedal through Washington, you’ll experience a blend of coastal beauty and lush greenery, highlighting the beauty of the region.

Biking Oregon’s Coastal Splendor

Crossing into Oregon, the cycling route showcases the state’s famous rugged coastline. Expect breathtaking cliffs, picturesque lighthouses and an opportunity to experience the state’s distinct maritime culture. The Oregon coast is dotted with inviting small towns, each offering a unique glimpse into local life and the route ensures you’re never far from a spectacular ocean view.

California’s Diverse Landscapes

Entering California, the route takes on a new character. You’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring redwoods, where cycling beneath these ancient giants offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As you progress, cycling the California coast presents a variety of scenes – from the agricultural richness of the Salinas Valley to the iconic Big Sur coastline, known for its dramatic cliffs and ocean vistas.

Iconic Cityscapes and Southern Beaches

One of the route’s highlights is crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, a moment that perfectly encapsulates the transition from natural landscapes to urban excitement. The journey through California continues to captivate as you pass through bustling cities like Los Angeles, each with its unique flavor and charm. As you approach San Diego, the California coast bike route offers a more relaxed pace, with beautiful beachside paths leading you to the journey’s end.

Challenges and Rewards Along the Way

Cyclists should be prepared for a range of riding conditions when cycling the Pacific Coast. From the rolling hills of Northern California to the traffic of the urban areas and pacific coast highway, each segment offers its own set of challenges. However, the reward lies in the unparalleled scenic beauty, the diverse cultural experiences, and the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the southern tip of the United States.

A Route for Every Cyclist

Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner, the Pacific Coast Bike Trail offers something for everyone. The path is a blend of adventure and serenity, making it a must-do for cycling enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Riding the Pacific Coast Bike Route from Seattle to San Diego is more than just a cycling trip; it’s a journey through the heart of the West Coast’s natural and cultural wonders. It’s a path that promises unforgettable experiences, scenic beauty, and the joy of discovery at every turn.

Trips Details at a glance

June 30th - august 1st 2024, seattle, washington to san diego, california, 1,852 miles, 106,070 feet of elevation change, 32 days with 4 service days, ready. set. ride for ms., what do i need to know about cycling the pacific coast bike route with bike the us for ms.

Are you ready to cycle the Pacific Coast Bike Trail? Riding from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California, will be one of the most rewarding challenges you take on, but first we know you must have lots of questions. Here’s the information you need to be able to take on the ride.

How much do I need to fundraise to bike the West Coast?

With an achievable $2 per mile, $3,750 total fundraising target, there’s no more cost effective way to travel. Funds raised will go towards supporting those living with MS across the US, as well as raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and funding research to find a cure .

You can raise these funds in a way that best suits you. That can be fully funded by donors, a mix of donors and self funded or fully self funded. 

How much does cycling the Pacific Coast cost?

With an initial registration donations of just $50, the majority of trip related items are covered such as vehicle support, route leaders, a team cycling jersey, overnight accommodation and much more. This leaves you only having to worry about travel costs to and from the trip and food during the bike ride.

Arranging your own food allows you to eat at your budget, whether that’s cooking in camp every evening, eating out throughout or a mixture of the two.

What style of accommodation will we be staying at along the bike adventure?

We will arrange the accommodation for the cycling trip, including in Seattle for the night of orientation and at the finish in San Diego. To allow us to donate as much of your hard earned fundraising as possible, our accommodations are minimalist.

The team often stays at generous hosts on route. This includes a mix of camping, staying at churches, town halls and community centres. If preferred, you have the option to book alternative accommodation.

What level of support will there be on the Pacific Coast bike trail ride?

We provide you the platform to help you reach your goal cycling the Pacific Coast. This is a supported bike tour where roughing it is embraced.

Your gear will be carried by our support vehicles. Your volunteer route leaders will be there to help you along the way. A mechanic will help you keep your bike rolling with minor repairs. Water stops will be set up every 15-30 miles depending on the terrain. Nightly accommodations will be booked.

It’s just the pedalling that’s up to you!

What will the team group size be for the MS bike tour?

We aim for a team size of approximately 20 riders. This creates a friendly, non competitive team environment for all to enjoy the Pacific Coast bike trail.

What gear do I need to bike the west coast?

Preparing the right gear is crucial for your Pacific Coast adventure. You’ll need your own camping essentials, including a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. The choice of bringing cooking gear depends on your preference for eating out or preparing meals in camp.

For your convenience, we provide a cubby box per rider to transport your gear from camp to camp in the trailer of our support van. Additionally, a smaller day box for essential items will be accessible at rest stops during the ride.

Regarding your bike and biking equipment, it’s important to be comfortable on your bike and have trained on it. However, we’re here to help if you need advice on bike rentals or any other equipment. Once registered, we’ll provide a comprehensive gear list detailing everything you’ll need for a successful and enjoyable ride.

Do you accept eBikes for biking the Pacific Coast?

Yes, eBikes are welcome on the Pacific Coast bike route. We understand that eBikes can make the challenge more accessible and enjoyable for some riders.

However, it’s important to ensure your eBike is suitable for long-distance touring and is capable of handling the route’s varied terrain. Please be mindful of the battery range and plan accordingly, as charging opportunities may be limited depending on the daily itinerary and type of accommodation.

We recommend sourcing a second battery for the trip so you always have a backup and can have it charging while out riding.

If you have any specific queries about bringing an eBike or need assistance with logistics, feel free to get in touch with our team.

How many miles is the Pacific Coast bike route?

Our Pacific Coast Bike Route, stretching from the bustling city of Seattle to the sunny shores of San Diego, spans 1,852 miles.

While our specific bike ride covers this remarkable distance, the full Pacific Coast Bike Route extends even further. The complete route begins in Vancouver, Canada, and continues all the way to the border of Mexico. View the route

How many days does cycling the Pacific Coast highway take?

Our Pacific Coast Bike Route covers a total of 32 days on the road . This includes 28 days dedicated to cycling and an additional 4 rest days.

These rest days are not just for relaxation and recuperation; they will include service projects directly benefiting individuals living with multiple sclerosis, adding a level of purpose to your journey.

The average daily riding distance on our route is just shy of 60 miles. This distance is thoughtfully planned to balance the challenge of long-distance cycling with the enjoyment of the scenic route along the West Coast. Our itinerary is designed to make this epic journey both achievable and memorable, allowing cyclists to fully immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Coast highway.

When is the best time to ride the Pacific Coast Bike Route?

The Pacific Coast Bike Route can be enjoyed at any time of the year. However, many cyclists consider spring to be the optimum time to embark on this journey, as the temperatures are more moderate before the summer heat sets in.

Despite this, our trip is scheduled for the summer months, as this tends to be a more convenient time for many people, given the traditional extended vacation time during this season. Riding in the summer along the coast comes with its own set of advantages.

The coastal route ensures that a refreshing sea breeze is a constant companion, helping to keep temperatures more comfortable for cyclists. Additionally, the proximity to the ocean means that a quick dip in the sea is always an option, providing a respite from your ride. This blend of accessible ocean swims and cooler breezes makes the summer an appealing time for our Pacific Coast Bike Route adventure.

How long does it take to bike the Oregon coast?

On our Pacific Coast Route, the stunning Oregon coast segment is completed in 7 days. This includes a well-deserved rest day in the charming city of Astoria, allowing cyclists to relax and explore this historic coastal town.

This segment of the ride is a highlight for many, offering a blend of scenic vistas, quaint towns, and the captivating allure of the Pacific shoreline.

Where does the route start and finish?

Our West Coast adventure begins in the vibrant city of Seattle, Washington, and concludes in the sunny locale of San Diego, California. Along the way, the route passes through several iconic cities and destinations, including the bustling streets of San Francisco and the sprawling urban landscape of Los Angeles.

For those interested in the full extent of the Pacific Coast Bike Route, it actually spans even further. The complete route starts from Vancouver, Canada, and stretches all the way to the Mexico border, just south of San Diego.

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What do i need to know about west coast bike route.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or new to long-distance biking, planning your own journey along the Pacific Coast bike route can be both exciting and daunting. This section aims to answer some of the most common questions you might have about the route.

Gearing up to pedal down coastal Washington Oregon California in:

We are pedalling north for Bar Harbor!

Explore the Pacific Coast Bike Route

Where will cycling the pacific coast take you.

Can't make it for the full Pacific Coast tour?

Join the team and ride a segment of the here are some of our favorites sections of the pacific coast bike route, ride one or tie multiple together:.

Seattle, WA to Astoria, OR

Dates: 8/13-8/17

Fundraising: $500

Highlights: Embark on an unforgettable journey from the bustling city of Seattle to the coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. Start by exploring Seattle’s iconic attractions like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and immersing yourself in the city’s rich music culture. Then, join a team for a ferry ride across the picturesque Puget Sound, where you will embark on a multi-day bike ride through the lush forests of Western Washington. Upon arriving in Astoria, you will be greeted by the scenic Columbia River and the historic town that lies at its mouth. Take in the breathtaking views from the Astoria Column, and explore the town’s many museums, including the one dedicated to the rich film history of Astoria.

The Oregon Coast - Astoria, OR to Arcata, CA

The Oregon Coast –

Astoria, OR to Arcata, CA

Dates: 8/18-8/26

Fundraising: $900

Highlights: Begin your adventure in the charming coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. From there, embark on a journey along the breathtaking Oregon coastline, passing through miles of picturesque landscapes that include lighthouses, towering coastal pines, and dramatic rock formations in the water such as the renowned Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. Make a stop in Tillamook, famous for its dairy creamery, and indulge in the delicious local cheese and ice cream.

Experience the natural beauty of the Humbug Mountain State Park where you can camp out, and take a short walk to a secluded beach. The Oregon coast is dotted with countless parks, each inviting you to take a break, and explore the tide pools.

As you cross into California, we make a stop at Elk Prairie Campground in Redwood National Park, where you can hike among some of the tallest trees in the world and camp among the ancient redwoods. This journey offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and to discover the hidden gems of the Oregon and California coast.

Arcata, CA to San Francisco, CA

Dates: 8/27-9/2

Fundraising: $700

Highlights: Experience the ultimate biking adventure on Northern California’s Highway One. Begin your journey in Arcata/Eureka and pedal through the breathtaking Avenue of the Giants, where towering redwoods provide a cool canopy from the sun. Enjoy camping and hiking amongst some of the tallest and oldest redwoods in the world, it’s a must-see for nature lovers, photographers and cyclists.

Continue your ride as you make your way back to the coast, passing through charming towns like Mendocino and the historic Fort Ross. Take a break in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco, before completing your journey. The journey can be challenging due to the winding road and hilly terrain, but it is a rewarding experience for experienced cyclists. The natural beauty of the coast and the redwoods, combined with the feeling of accomplishment from completing such an ambitious ride, make it an unforgettable experience.

Scenic Highway 1 San Francisco, CA to Goleta, CA

Scenic Highway 1

San Francisco, CA to Goleta, CA

Dates: 9/3-9/10

Highlights: Join for an unforgettable cycling journey as you pedal across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, taking in the stunning views of San Francisco (if the infamous fog permits). Continue your ride along the coast, passing by Halfmoon Bay, the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, and cycle through a prime agricultural area known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”. Enjoy the charming towns of Monterey and Carmel, before taking on the stunning views of Big Sur and Bixby bridge on iconic Highway one. Enjoy camping in a state park by the beach and as you make your way towards Southern California, and take the opportunity to see the sea lions at San Simeon or make a detour to Hearst Castle. End your ride in the college town of Goleta and the university of Santa Barbara. The coastal climbs may be challenging, but the endless scenic views will leave you breathless and make it all worth it.

Sunny Southern California Goleta, CA to San Diego, CA

Sunny Southern California

Goleta, CA to San Diego, CA

Dates: 9/10-9/14

Highlights: Embark on an adventure to discover the lively culture of Southern California as you bike out of Santa Barbara. Take in the sights and sounds of the beach, where you can watch surfers, sunbathers, and volleyball players as you ride along the coast. After the serene beaches and extravagant homes of Malibu, brace yourself for the bustling congestion and infamous traffic of Los Angeles.

Make a stop at the iconic Santa Monica Pier, a landmark known for its lively atmosphere and close to delicious cuisine. Explore the unique counterculture of Venice Beach, known for its Muscle Beach, skateboarding, rollerbladers, and world-class people-watching. Your journey will offer a balance of bike paths along the beach and the Pacific Coast highway, with a blend of beach towns, suburbs, and industrial ports. End your journey in San Diego where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and the lively atmosphere of the city.

San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA

Dates: 9/3-9/14

Fundraising: $1,200

Highlights: Combination of the previous two options.

2024 Pacific Coast Overnights

Have a look at the scheduled overnights and daily mileage for the Pacific Coast tour.  Naturally, these are subject to change, but it’s a good starting point!


  • Seattle, WA
  • Castle Rock
  • Astoria, OR
  • Lincoln City
  • Humbug State Park
  • Cresecent City, CA
  • Redwood State Park
  • Cooskie Mtn
  • San Francisco
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Santa Monica
  • Huntington Beach
  • Ocean Beach

Meet the 2024 Pacific Coast Team

Bex Band

Cycling the Pacific Coast | Complete Guide

by Bex Band | Last modified on Jan 11, 2024 | Adventure , Kicking the States

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The Pacific Coast Bicycle route spans from Vancouver in Canada to the Mexican Border, covering a total of 1,848 miles. If you are thinking of cycling the Pacific Coast bicycle route, you can expect endless coastline – from rugged rocky Oregon to clear blue LA beaches – ancient forests and a lot of fun sights to see along the way. I wanted to put this guide together with all my advice and top tips, having completed this trail.

So I did this route a little differently! Each year, I try to take on a new adventure, and the Pacific Coast Bike Trail offered me my biggest challenge yet.  As I was doing the challenge for charity and wanted to really test myself, I opted to travel on a kick-scooter rather than a bike – my husband joined me for the adventure! We started in Vancouver, Canada, ending our journey by crossing the border into Tijuana, Mexico.

Kick-scooters function pretty similarly to a bike – 2 wheels and panniers – but are just a little slower. Logistics and experience were pretty similar.

If you need any convincing to take on this bike tour, just check out this short video, which shows some of the views we were rewarded in the first section of the trip .

Table of Contents

cycling Pacific Coast highway

Before we start…

I wanted to start with an introduction to give this guide some context. I’m Bex Band – a full-time UK adventurer, author and founder of the women’s adventure community Love Her Wild . You can sign up to my newslette r here. Also check out my recently published book Three Stripes South , all about my first big adventure hiking the length of Israel.

If you have any questions, please use the comments box below. And for ongoing tips and inspiration on camping and adventure, make sure you follow me on  Facebook  and  Instagram .

How long does it take to cycle the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route?

The route was put together by the Adventure Cyclist Association and is a total of 1,848miles passing through 3 US States.

Most cyclists take between 4-10 weeks to complete the entire section. The Association told me 6 weeks is considered an average time frame.

Of course, this is very dependent on a lot of factors, including your fitness level and experience. And how many days you want to take off to enjoy the places you pass en route? As a general rule when doing long-distance treks or bike rides, aim for at least 1 day off after every 6 days on the road. In addition, add a few days for contingency and in case of an injury.

We travelled distances of 50-85km a day, although, of course, experienced cyclists can do further. It took us a total of 80 days to do the entire route, including rest days. In the big cities, we’d try to take 2 days to see the place and then as a general rule would take a day off every 5 or 6 days.

We could have travelled faster but there are so many cool places en route to visit and sights to see that we wanted to balance out the challenge with also having a trip of our lifetime!

What’s the Best time to cycle the Pacific Coast?

We left Vancouver, heading southbound on the 17th May. Oregon had some cold and rainy days. But by the time we reached California in July it was very hot!!

Cyclists take on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route all year round. As the saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear’. Most consider the best time to cycle the Pacific Coast to be spring when the temperatures are mild but this also means you don’t hit the heat of the summer when it would become unbearable.

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The Pacific Coast Cycling Route

The Adventure Cyclist Association have Pacific Coast Bicycle Route maps that you can buy. They come in 3 parts, and you can buy the maps online here: Part #1 –  Part #2 –  Part #3. They cost around $15 each.

Alternatively, you can do what we did and download the map from the official website and load it onto a mapping app onto your phone. This might keep weight down a bit but it does mean having to ensure your phone doesn’t run out of battery. We used an Anker Battery pack , which worked great and would just need re-charging when we were in cafes or overnight in motels (when moving, we would keep the battery pack in the outside pocket of the pannier with a cable running to the phone, which was attached using a Grefey Mount attached to the handlebars). 

You could also use a guide – I think the best one is Bicycling the Pacific Coast . It has all the maps you need as well as information on the areas and places to eat and stay. It’ll make your travels very easy but you might feel like it takes out some of the ‘adventure’ of working things out for yourself.

For the most part, you are cycling on highways although some stretches are through towns and on bicycle paths.

We decided not to follow the route entirely though (I write more about this and our reasons below).

When we made a change in the route, following our own path, we simply used Google Maps. Their bike feature when you plot a route works really well. Sure, sometimes you end up on a path that isn’t suitable but this really did just add to the adventure.

Of course, you don’t have to do the full route. Many cyclists, especially those who are restricted with time, just do a segment. The most popular segment is the San Fransisco to Los Angeles part.

What to pack for cycling the Pacific Coast?

Between us, we had just 27 litres, so we were packing very light. Just one 17L pannier on the handlebars and a 10L hydration rucksack on the back. We decided not to take a camping stove and never carried more than 2 days worth of food, utilising roadside cafes and restaurants. This worked out more expensive but meant we saved a lot on weight.

It’s really easy to pick up supplies on the way if your clothes get worn or you need to replace a tyre (between us we only had a total 8 punctures). We saw cyclists burdened with bags and panniers, struggling to get up hills in the heat. I really couldn’t understand what they had in their packs. You waste so much time packing and unpacking all the time when you travel heavy.

You can see the full kit list of items we took here.

Where do you stay each night on the trail?

We worked out accommodation as we went, usually planning about a week or 2 in advance. You definitely don’t need to plan so much but if you intend to use hosts then giving a bit of notice makes it much easier to find people.

We were opting for variety. We love camping and being in nature. But also love being hosted and the people you meet. Plus occasionally a room to ourselves to give the back and brain a proper break.

The Pacific Coast bicycle route camping options are pretty good although if you want to do this predominantly you need to accept there will be a lot of detours and extra miles to get to the campsites. About half the time we used campsites. The other half, we stayed with Warm Showers hosts (using the phone app to find and contact them – the success rate isn’t always great. I’d say we contacted 2/3 people to get 1 ‘yes’. That’s why doing it in advance is good as it can take a bit of time).

About every 10 days or so we would book in somewhere for a break. We found the Motels really expensive (usually $80-100 for 2 in a double) so we mostly used Airbnb which was brilliant – ( click here for $34 off your first booking ).

If we got really stuck we also sometimes knocked on doors and asked strangers if we could camp in their yard. This had about a 50% success rate! I think in total we stayed in 4 people’s yards – they were all really lovely and brought us food as well. Or we’d post on local Facebook groups to ask if someone would mind us camping in their yard. Every time we did this, someone would come forward with a spare bed.

If you are a foreigner, to make immigration smoother, it is worth having a few places booked en route as they like to see proof that you have at least some plan and somewhere to stay. Or at the very least book somewhere for the end of your cycling tour.

Top tip: if you get cold camping, check out these top tips for staying warm !

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How much does it cost to do the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route?

On the road, we spent an average of $50 per day for 2 people, or $25 each. This included food, drinks, accommodation costs and also entry to attractions.

This doesn’t include gear (we had almost everything already), flights ($900 each return from UK to Vancouver. We also got the train back from San Diego to Vancouver, which cost around $150 each) – more on that in my tips below – or insurance ($150 each). And we had some fun post-adventure for a couple of weeks before our visa ran out, visiting Disneyland and Vancouver Island, which I’ve left off.

Most of this was on food which could definitely be done cheaper if you bring a stove and prepare your own meals rather than eating out. We’d been saving up credit card points before this trip which meant we got a few nights free in hotels along the way. Plus used this code to get a discount on Airbnb.

We saved a huge amount on accommodation because we were hosted so much by Warm Showers hosts and people on Facebook who would also often feed us. Because we were doing an unusual trip (on scooters) and for charity, we probably experienced more generosity than most would.

Daily spend ($25 a day over 80 days) – $2000 London to Vancouver return Flights – $900 Return train from San Diego to Vancouver – $150 Insurance – $150 TOTAL  – $3,200 (excludes gear which we already had and spending a week splashing out on holiday post-adventure)

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How fit do you need to be to cycle from Canada to Mexico?

This is always a tough one to answer! You will need a good baseline fitness, but more important than that, you will need to be confident on a bike carrying your panniers with all their weight. You’ll spend a lot of time on busy roads, so you need to know how to navigate them and to stay steady so you are safe.

In terms of fitness, do some training before, building up your distances while carrying your bags. I personally like to get fit on the adventure which means starting out slow and allowing for plenty of rest days (at least 1 a week and a long weekend every month or so while on the road). 

My 8 Top Tips for cycling the pacific coast

There’s very little I would change about the journey I took but I wanted to share some tips that I wish I’d known in advance.

#1 Changing the route is fine

We made a decision to miss part of the Oregon coastline because we really wanted to see Portland. It meant that rather than heading straight to the coast following Seattle, we stayed inland, turning West only after Corvallis (which turned out to be one of our favourite towns on the whole trip).

Everyone kept telling us we’d made a mistake because the Oregon coastline was so spectacular. But we still got to see a good chunk of it, plus we got to see some more unusual rarely visited towns and travelled through gorgeous quiet forests (on the 154) which was one of the highlights of the trip.

We had to change the route again because of a mudslide in Big Sur, which forced us inland for a section. Sure we missed out on some coastline….but this route has a LOT of coastline and good views. There are also nice experiences to be had inland a few miles where cycle tourers don’t usually go, and the roads are quieter. I wouldn’t change a thing with the route we did and wouldn’t worry about listening to all the things people tell you-you’ll be missing…..everyone just wants to give you advice!

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#2 Make the most of your days off

You pass some really fantastic places on the Pacific Bicycle Route and it’s a shame not to stop and take them in. All the cities had fun things on offer and I appreciated the touring more after a day away from it sightseeing or in a theme park.

#3 The hiker/biker rule (and watching your stuff)

State parks have to let you camp if you arrive on foot or bike – even if they’re full! Usually, the hiker/biker rate to camp is between $5-10 per person which makes it a great value. We also found a lot of RV parks willing to take us even if they didn’t advertise camping….just give them a call in advance if you aren’t sure.

Theft is a real problem in campsites. A woman a couple of weeks ahead of us had everything stolen, including her locked bike and pitched tent, when she went for a swim in the sea. Keep your stuff with you and locked and don’t pitch your tent unless you are planning to stay with it (or if there are friendly neighbours you trust to guard it).

#4 Warm showers = AMAZING!!

I was reluctant to use Warm Showers at first, but it was amazing. We met the most wonderful people through this community, and it really made our journey more comfortable. It helps with Warm Showers to organise a week or 2 in advance so people can plan on you staying over. We also noted that sometimes there appeared to be hosts on the website who didn’t show on the app…so it’s worth checking both options if you are stuck for accommodation in an area.

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#5 Know what to be cautious about

You don’t need to worry about bears. We actually did have a close encounter with one but he was more spooked by us than us of him. Racoons are more of a pest in campsites, so make sure you keep all your food with you in the tent, hanging from a tree or in a bear box if it is provided.

Compared to Europe we found the drivers generally not great….they are clearly not used to driving with cyclists. We had lots of people overtaking really close rather than waiting for a clear space to pass. Even when we were taking the centre of the road (if there was no hard shoulder) we’d still get cars trying to squeeze by. Keep visible….we had flashing lights on all the time we were on the road (we use these Topside helmet lights which were great !).

The worst though was we found some drivers really aggressive and angry towards cyclists. They would honk their horn or wind down their window and yell at you as they drive by fast in the hope of scaring you. After this happened to us a couple of times, I asked other cyclists, and all of them reported similar incidents. It didn’t happen often but every time it made me jump and wasn’t very pleasant. It’s just worth being aware of.

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#6 Don’t miss out on Tijuana

Loads of people told us not to go into Tijuana when we reached the border. We found the crossing really easy (we had to wait about 40 mins to get back into the US, which was the most annoying part), and the town was a little rough but definitely worth visiting for a celebratory taco and tequila shot!

#7 Take a reusable cup, straw and spoon

You can’t ignore the plastic pollution in the States. The roadside is littered with McDonald’s and Starbucks cups, straws and plastic spoons. So rather than contributing to the problem, bring a reusable set with you to do your bit for the planet. A lot of the drinks have free refills, so you can then even take a cup full away with you to have on the road.

#8 Get the Amtrak back

It was cheaper to get a return international flight from the same location, London – Vancouver. At the end of our tour, rather than getting an internal flight from San Diego to Vancouver, we decided to be more adventurous (and environmentally friendly) and to get The Amtrack Coast Starlight (you can read my experience of this journey here) .

It was BRILLIANT !!!

The journey took a day and a half, but I loved every second. The views were great and the reclining seats really comfortable (even in economy). They have a viewing deck and we even spotted some of the places we’d travelled past on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route past. It was a great way to end the trip and to reflect on all the miles we’d travelled as they whizzed past us on the train.

Find out more about cycling the Pacific Coast Bike Trail

Before any adventure, I read blogs and buy books to totally immerse myself in the planning and preparation phase. It’s the best way to get organised and to have a sense of what you are heading into. This guide has been very specific to my personal experience, so I put together the following list of books and articles from others who have also completed the Pacific Coast bike route.

  • Dave Blog : Biking the Pacific Coast Highway – includes links to a section by section journal, which is nice to read
  • AJ Johnson Blog: 44-day cycling journal of cycling the Pacific Coast – has some handy visual stats of each cycle day
  • Kate Bradshaw Blog : How to bike the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico
  • Averi Blog – (mis)adventures of cycling the Pacific Coast Highway – worth a read as Averi offers a good alternative route. Check out the rest of her site as well for more cycle touring inspiration!

Guide books:

  • *MOST RECOMENDED*  Bicycling the Pacific Coast
  • Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico

For inspiration and to build excitement for your adventure, check out these great adventure memoirs:

  • One Man and His Bike
  • The Man Who Cycled the World
  • And my book Three Stripes South (which is about my first big adventure hiking the length of Israel!)

Don’t forget to also order your official Adventure Cycling Association maps for the route (there’s nothing quite like using a simple map to guide your adventure). There are 3 parts, 1 for each state:

  • Pacific Coast Bicycle Route #1
  • Pacific Coast Bicycle Route #2
  • Pacific Coast Bicycle Route #3

If you have any more questions about cycling the Pacific Bike Route I’d be more than happy to help! Just ask in the comments box below. It’s worth reading the other comments as well, in case someone else has been thinking the same.

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Good luck with your cycle adventure……I’d love to hear in the comments how you get on 🙂


Clare Parkinson

Hi – I’m really glad that I found this website! You sound amazing!

Cycling the Pacific Coast is something I really, really want to do. However, although I’m fit and a keen touring cyclist, I’m a 66-yr-old grandmother, and I don’t have anyone to cycle with. I’m on the waiting list for a van-supported ride. It’s not an option I prefer and there’s a strong possibility I won’t be able to get on the trip. But your account, plus the other reading I’ve done, raises concerns about personal safety and particularly theft. At least with a guided ride there’s safety in numbers.

I particularly want to do the ride this year rather than wait because with every year comes decreasing fitness. Adventure before dementia, etc., etc.

How mad do you think I’d be if I can’t do the tour and therefore plan to ride on my own? And please be honest.

And I’m very happy to donate cups of coffee!

Bex Band

You are too kind! Thank you Clare 🙂

I met at least 3 cyclists en route who were in their 60’s, although probably more. Honestly, I don’t think you need to worry about safety doing this alone, especially if you always use an official campsite en route. The only theft story I heard was from 2 cyclists who pitched their tent and then left their gear to go for a swim in the sea. When they’d returned their tent had been raided and some items were taken. We would always take our bags with us everywhere we went and if we did leave the tent to go for dinner then it was left empty. If you get a good D lock and cable for the bike then this shouldn’t be a worry either. I was sure our scooters were going to be stolen, especially as it was hard to lock them as effectively as a bike but they survived 3 months and a lot of attention.

The campsites always had the added security of having people around you so I always felt safe then. Warm Showers is also a great network that you can tap into to get a nights stay and you’ll meet some interesting a kind people through this.

I hope that helps a bit although let me know if you have any other specific concerns.


Thanks so much for replying quickly.

There was a section in your top tips, #3, that made me nervous [Theft is a real problem in campsites. A woman a couple of weeks ahead of us had everything stolen, including her locked bike and pitched tent, when she went for a swim in the sea. Keep your stuff with you and locked and don’t pitch your tent unless you are planning to stay with it (or if there are friendly neighbours you trust to guard it).].

I was robbed in Chile when I had my bag of valuable with me, and really don’t want to go through all that again.

But your reply is more encouraging.

There’s no one for me to do the whole route with, but I have the impression that it’s possible, even likely, that I’d meet people on the way to ride sections with. And that would be reassuring.

So, if I were your mother, would you support me/her setting off alone, if the tour thing doesn’t work out?

Yes – that’s the theft I was referring to. I remember it as 2 guys but it may have been a lady! I definitely remember that they left their stuff at the campsite to go for a swim so it was unattended. After hearing that we always kept our bags with us if we left. Or we made friends with the neighbours (once an RV neighbour let us store our bags in their RV when we went out for dinner).

We passed a lot of people who were cycling the West Coast and would have had options to join groups along the way but we were too slow. On a bike though this will be an option for you.

If my mum was talking about cycling the route I wouldn’t be worried about her in terms of personal safety or theft. Just being careful on the roads – being visible and having good lights. But I’d 100% encourage her to do it…it’s an incredible trip.

One thing you could do if you did want company is to join some Facebook groups for cyclists or adventure groups like the women’s one I run called Love Her Wild. People regularly post in these saying they are doing a challenge and looking for company with good success. You could suggest that someone joins you just for a week or 2 so you know you’re not alone for the entire stretch. Maybe even arrange for different ladies to join for different sections. Just a thought!

Fabulous! Thank you so much! I’m back to being fully positive – and also more aware of the need for vigilance. Those ideas for finding occasional companions are ones I’ll follow up, and I’ll sign up to Warm Showers too (there must be cyclists passing through London who’d like a bed for a night). More coffees coming your way, with much gratitude from me!

Thank you! Honestly, I’m happy to help. The route is for the most part pretty active with drivers and tourist spots so you won’t be far from others. Definitely sign up to Warm Showers….when you contact people mention your age and that you are female as this will work in your favour. I met some really wonderful and interesting people via Warm Showers. And also got to stay in some pretty spectacular houses!

So for posting in groups I’d really recommend posting in the following Facebook groups – Love Her Wild and also The Yes Tribe. I meet so many people who would love to do something like this but don’t have the confidence to go alone so think you’ll have no shortage of takers. I’d also suggest putting a post up in Explorers Connect ‘find a teammate’:

Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions 🙂 It’s an incredible jounrey!!

Gary Keese

Did you do the ride yet, what with the Covid pandemic? If so, I’d love to hear how your adventure went. If not, another source of possible riding partners is Adventure Cycling Association, the group that prints the maps Bex describes.

Magnus Walker

Thank you for taking the time to create the page and I have found it very interesting to get a first hand account of the journey, accommodation and driver attitudes to cyclists from a British perspective, plus links to other sites. All this will help with planning a trip in about 18 months’ time.

Good luck with your next adventure!

Thank you Magnus – it gives me a big boost when I hear my blog has been helpful with adventure planning. Good luck with the trip! You are no doubt going to have a great time!


Looking to do Half moon Bay to San Luis Obispo but most interested in Carmel to SLO and wondering how traffic and shoulder conditions are. I don’t love riding in dangerous situations but was looking for a challenge for my 60 th birthday. Plan is about 50 miles a day so Carmel to Lucia and then Lucia to Cambria and then onto SLO. Ive done Cambria to SL) so its probably the Big Sur area between Carmel and Lucia that Im most worried about.

Peter Stark

I’m so glad I found your blog Bex! My girlfriend and I plan to do this trip on inline skates this summer. We’ve recently picked up a sponsor from the brand Rollerblade and plan to film the entire journey. We’re just starting to plan out our route with our main concerns being finding the roads that we can legally skate on and avoiding unpaved roads. I don’t know if you’d like to talk over the phone or just email but any advice from you would be greatly appreciated!

Oh wow – so cool!! I’d be very happy to help via email – just get in touch via the contact me page. I’m looking forward to hearing more 🙂

Bill Ark

Hi Clare or anyone else out there thinking to cycle the Pacific Coast route from BC to San Fran at least. Looking for company. I live in Invermere, BC. I’ve cycle toured many countries and went across Canada 7 years ago at age 63. I’m 70 now and want to travel faster/lighter but not on my carbon road bike but a hybrid tourer with minimal baggage and perhaps stay in cheap motels quite often, especially rainy days. Depending on hills i go 80 to 110 kms/day [55-75 miles] and 7-10 days til an off day at especially interesting places. But flexible. Start in Victoria, BC on about May 26th, 2021, ferry to Port Angeles and then head west and then south down the Washington coast.


Hi Bill, I just read your note. may be we could exchange views about Pacific Coast Highway by bicycle. My plan is to start near Portland/OR approx. in June. Until now I have not booked any flights or accommodation. 2016 I made the tour from San Francisco to Lost Angeles. This time I would do the northern part of the PCH from Astoria to SF. Like you I am in the 60th (66) but my daily biking to work kept me fit. When do you plan to start your trip? May be we can share some km/mi? Best regards!

Oops , i meant this year, 2022


I am planning on cycling from Seattle to Los Angeles and looking for advice re what phone and sim I can use while over there (I’m imagining that I’ll be using data mostly). When I’ve been in other countries I just pick up a sim at the airport and put it in my current phone. Last time I was in America I couldn’t find a sim that I could use in my UK phone.

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.

I’m with Three and they have free roaming in America so was able to use my phone (inc data) as normal.

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This route begins at the San Luis Obispo AMTRAK Station and takes you downtown before heading south. San Luis Obispo offers many amenities including fine dining for every budget, many downtown restaurants abut San Luis Obispo Creek – you'll welcome the cool breezes on hot summer nights.

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The Pacific Coast Bike Route

Considered one of the most scenic biking trails anywhere in the world, the Pacific Coast Bike Route is a must-do itinerary on any biker’s bucket list. Starting from Canada, just across the border from the United States, it spans over 1700 miles of stunning scenery on the Western Coast.

One can easily cover about 50 miles a day but will still require about 40 days to finish this route – the reward is a once-in-a-lifetime experience across quaint towns, stunning beaches, historic lighthouses, and museums, National and State Parks, national monuments, and a fecund wildlife, quintessential of the majestic western coast.

The Pacific Coast Route begins in the picturesque city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Before long, the trail leaves behind the busy suburbs and enters the lush green farmlands in the outskirts of the city.

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It trails the Canadian coast only too briefly, before crossing the international border, and entering the United States at Blaine, this time traversing through the green rural farms and paddocks of Washington.

The route then crosses the straits of Deception Pass, to enter Whidbey Island (Deception pass being so named as eminent expeditioner, George Vancouver, was ‘deceived’ to believe that Whidbey Island was actually a peninsula).

The island is home to a large US naval base, where you can see test jets flying and performing their acrobatics. A scenic ferry takes you through the sounds of the Pacific, back to the mainland to Port Townsend.

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Here, you’ll enter the Olympic Peninsula and the Olympic National Park – the last of the wilderness of the continent that was explored only as late as the 1900s. The route is strewn with small cozy towns, while frequently kissing the Pacific coast until you reach Bremerton, where if interested, you can take a ferry to the cosmopolitan Seattle – the largest city in the Pacific northwest.

Take in your share of skyscrapers, tick the iconic Space Needle, besides checking out Capitol Hill, Queen Anne Hill, Columbia Center and of course, downtown Seattle. Outside the city, forest plantations will remind you of the massive timber trade that helped the city build its economic foundations towards the end of the 19th century.

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Further south, at Castle Rock, you can opt for yet another detour – of only five miles – to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Centre. Located in the Cascade Range, Mount St. Helens is an active volcano, forming a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and most notorious for its catastrophic eruption in 1980, the deadliest in US history.

Soon, you will reach the Columbia river, crossing which will land you in yet another geographically diverse state – Oregon. The route continues along the coast for miles and provides an endless roll of scenery to feast on – rocky headlands and outcrops, pristine white lighthouses, strings of blonde beaches, rockpools, and blowholes providing for a spectacular part of the route.

Keep an eye out for the migrating humpback whales or for the denizen sea lions that bask in the rocks and bark in glee. If time permits, you can even take detours and pit-stops at national parks such as the Umpqua National Forest, the Siuslaw National Forest, and the Rogue River National Forest.

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Small towns dot the route thus ensuring you are never far from the comforts of civilization. Nonetheless, the Oregon Coast is much sought after by tourists, and can seem overcrowded in the small towns during the peak tourist season from spring to fall.

Leaving behind Oregon, you will enter California – the Golden State. As you enter the state and cross Crescent City, be prepared to be dwarfed by the enormous redwoods – the giants in the botanical kingdom, and among the tallest in the world!

Enjoy this stretch as you bike through inside the trees – and don’t be amazed to see other travelers do the same in their cars. This is giant redwood country and it humbles every passer-by. Near Orick, be on the lookout for elks that call this place home.

The route moves southward, trailing the Pacific, and inviting you for a carefree swim in its waters. Further south lie a string of towns – Garberville, famous for camping in the Humboldt Redwoods, Point Arena, with its delectable lighthouse, Fort Ross, a former Russian fur trade outpost and the southernmost outpost of Russia in the continent at a time when it owned Alaska, and Point Arena – a birdwatcher’s paradise and home to over 45% of the bird species in all of North America.

This is when you enter San Francisco and feel privileged as you pedal your way through the iconic Golden Gate bridge. While here, do visit the Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, or just enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee in Union Square.

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Further south lies the stunning Half Moon Bay, famous for its cliffside jaw-dropping views, and the Ano Nuevo State Park, world famous for its elephant seals. The trail moves on to the old-worldly charm that is Santa Cruz, with its historic roller coaster, the Big Dipper. Cycling on, the route will pass through the scenic Monterey Bay with its charming seaside villages, such as Carmel-by-the-sea, where you can spend days exploring the cost, whale watching, kayaking, and sailing.

The fun continues as you move to Big Sur – yet another jewel of the Pacific. Do not forget to take a selfie near the famous Bixby Bridge – one of the tallest single-span, concrete bridges in the world and perhaps the most photographed of all bridges on the West Coast. Big Sur has its own rustic, bohemian vibes that sets it apart from other towns on the coast.

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Visit the Pfeiffer Beach, the Point Sur State Historic Park, Ragged Point, the Esalen Hot springs and the McWay Falls for inevitably one of the most charming parts of the route. Further down the coast lies the gorgeous San Simeon with its popular Moonstone Beach and the Piedras Blancas Elephant seal rookery.

Not far away lies the Clam Capital of the World – San Luis Obispo, yet another classic Californian beach town that urges you to take a break, go for a splash and let your hair down. If you want to visit the most bizarre part of the route, this is it – in Bubblegum Alley, a 70-foot alley lined with chewing gum – and yes, don’t forget to leave your mark behind!

Next comes Santa Barbara with its famous zoo, botanical gardens, and historical museum. Beyond the city lies Oxnard town, famous for its pier, classic Californian surfing beaches, and spectacular sunsets.

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Further south starts Malibu – with its incredibly congested roads, luxury restaurants and hundreds of palatial houses tucked away into the hillsides or overlooking the beaches. Here starts the northern end of the Los Angeles megapolis or LA – the second most populous city of the US.

At LA, you can spend some time visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard, the Santa Monica pier, and Rodeo Drive. Yes, and don’t forget to check out the awesome views of the ‘Hollywood’ sign from Griffith observatory.

Or you can just ignore the cosmopolitan city and stick to the coast to Long Beach where you can enjoy the sea breeze and the Art Museum housed in a late 19th century mansion. The route continues through to Dana point Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach with some incredibly scenic though urbanised roads.

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You will ride through some beautiful urban bike paths as you leave behind the suburbs of San Diego, and embark on the last stretch of the Coastal Route. Head off to Coronado Island from San Diego on the Coronado Ferry that leaves from the Broadway Pier.

Enjoy the blues of the San Diego Bay as you get impressed by the soaring sweep of the San Diego – Coronado bridge, yet another distinctive landmark of the region. Once in the island, you can cycle through its quaint neighborhoods and the bayside shore for more gorgeous views of the Port, the Big Bay, the city skyline besides the green park grounds of Coronado.

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You have to continue down the Silver Strand Bikeway that follows State Route 75 all the way down to the southern end of the San Diego Bay. The route ends a bit further to the south at the Border Field State Park, just next to the Mexican Border, thus completing what would definitely be one of the most epic cycling trails in the country.

Flora, fauna, history, archaeology, and of course spectacular geography – the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route has it all! Given heavy traffic, especially during peak tourist seasons, on the national and state highways on this route, immense caution and patience is suggested. That said, the rewards from this journey are epic, definitely making it one of the most memorable cycle trips you will ever embark on.

Huge thanks to Adventure Cycling for keeping tabs on this route and providing detailed maps including camping spots and great places to stop for a bite. You can find their  detailed maps here.

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The Pacific Coast bike tour starts in Vancouver, Canada and ends at the Mexican border or the bottom of Baja. In The route will take you through coastal views of the Pacific Northwest, old growth redwood forests of Northern California, and the scenic beaches of Southern California and Mexico. For some, this is the first leg of a longer tour from Alaska to Argentina.

Most people ride north to south for more favorable weather and winds; ending around the southern border in the late fall and early winter. Timing wise, this allows cyclist to continue east along the Southern Tier bike route without the worry of extreme heat.

Why The Pacific Coast Is Great For Beginners

This is a very common route with maps for sale and lots of accommodations. Hiker/Biker (“Hike or Bike” in California) campsites offer affordable stays in state parks, Warmshowers hosts provide free accommodations and friendly conversations, hotels and motels are abundant, food readily available, great views, and great people. What's not to like?

If you are looking to do your first tour, whether you are from the United States or abroad, the greatest benefit of this route is the number of fellow cyclists on the road. In addition to learning-by-doing, you will undoubtedly download a wealth of knowledge from other beginners and veteran cyclists along the way.

You Don’t Have To Do The Whole Thing

Some cyclists start in Alaska and end in Argentina. Some ride to the end of Baja; or stop at Mexico. Some cyclist start in San Francisco and end in San Diego; or any other combination of cities. The point is that you can make this trip your own. Access to Amtrak allows you to travel north, south, or east; LAX and SAN airports offer international and domestic flights to wherever you need to go.

If you are looking for variety, the Pacific Coast bicycle tour is for you.

What You Need

What you need depends on how you want to tour and for how long. If you’re doing a 3 day trip down the coast, you can pack pretty light. But for longer tours, most travel “self-contained”; carrying everything you need (tent, cookware, etc).

Where To Stay

Hiker/Biker campsites offer affordable stays around $5-$10 per night, and if you find a buddy or group of cyclist to ride with, splitting a regular campground becomes an affordable option as well (also opening up more locations).

Warmshowers is a global network of hosts that offer free lodging to touring cyclists . This is invaluable for those awkward spots without hiker/biker camping and around cities (where campgrounds can get a little more sketchy. If you are willing to incur the cost, hotels and motels are plentiful (although maybe with limited availability during peak travel season).

Can You Do It?

Yes. Absolutely.

Is It Worth It?

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Biking The Pacific Coast Highway – Travel tips and blogs cycling the Pacific Coast Route

During my bicycle tour from Alaska to Argentina, I chose the Pacific Coast Route for the USA section of the trip. Here's some travel tips and blogs from biking the Pacific Coast Highway.

Cycling the Pacific Coast Route

Several routes to cross America were available to me when cycling from Alaska to Argentina , but in the end, I decided on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route.

A simple route to follow, it involved cycling along the Pacific Highway 101 and Highway 1.

Biking the Pacific Highway Route along the west coast USA

Known as the PCH or Pacific Coast route, there is no cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes apart from when passing through some of the bigger cities.

This means you'll need to get used to traffic quickly, but compared to other parts of the world I've cycled it really wasn't that bad.

Perhaps one day there will be a dedicated Pacific Coast bike trail, who knows?!

Pacific Coast Bicycle Route

I was riding the Pacific Coast Bike Route from north to south. Many cyclists (myself included) recommend this direction mainly due to being on the right side of prevailing winds.

There are some rolling hills of course, but the almost ever present reward of the Pacific Ocean in view!

Supplies are easy to come by, as is accommodation. You'll find plenty of both within a day's ride no matter where you are along the Pacific coastline.

Other cyclists bicycling the Pacific Coast

Although the lack of cycling infrastructure on the Pacific Coast Highway was a real shame, there was one awesome bonus. Other cyclists!

Meeting other cyclists who were biking the Pacific Coast Highway

This is a popular route with cyclists, whether attempting a trans-American cycle tour or simply out for a weekend tour between towns.

It was a rare day when other cyclists weren't encountered, even if it was just waving as they cycled in the opposite direction.

This is because the Canada to Mexico bike ride is a nice one that can be completed in just a few weeks. Or in sections.

Which direction to cycle the Pacific Coast Route

As I was cycling from Alaska to Argentina, there was only really ever one direction I could cycle in!

For people planning to cycle just shorter sections of the Pacific Coast Route though, I am led to believe that North to South is the best way due to prevalent wind directions.

When to cycle the Pacific Coast Route

This classic bike touring route down the west coast of America can be cycled at any time of year.

Some months are better than others though, and the general consensus is that spring and autumn are the best times to go biking the Pacific Coast Route.

Regina cycling wit her dog along the Pacific Coast Highway

Whilst summer is good for weather, there is more traffic on the roads, and some campsites can fill up rather quickly.

That said, one person on a bicycle is rarely turned away even when campsites do say they are full.

Where to camp on the Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway is home to something of a Holy Grail for cyclists – the Hiker/Biker sites! At least, that used to be the case.

Now, I am led to believe that some of the campgrounds may have reduced or stopped hiker/biker sites due to budgetary cuts.

It never hurts to ask though when you rock up at a campground – Some kind soul might give you a discount!

My camping pitch at Standish Hickey campground

You might want to check out: Sur BnB Guide: Where to stay in Big Sur Hotels, AirBnB, Camping

Food and Drink

There's plenty of food and drink to be sourced all along the route, so unless buying in bulk because you are on a budget, there's no need to stock up with bike touring food for days and days!

The only long section where services were sparse was just south of Big Sur, but even here, cyclists prepared for the day ahead will have no concerns.

Resources for cycling the Pacific Coast Highway

If you are planning on biking the Pacific Coast Highway, you might find the following resources useful (via Amazon):

  • Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada to Mexico
  • Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico
  • Bicycle Touring Map: Pacific Coast Section 1
  • Bicycle Touring Map: Pacific Coast Section 2
  • Bicycle Touring Map: Pacific Coast Section 3

My blog posts from cycling the Pacific Coast Highway

I wrote a blog post a day when biking the Pacific Coast Highway, and I've listed them below. Hopefully they should give you a feel for what this bike tour was about!

To navigate to the next and previous blog post, look at the end of each article.

  • Cycling from Victoria to Fairholm Campground in the USA
  • Cycling from Fairholm to Bogachiel
  • Cycling from Bogachiel to Kalaloch
  • Cycling from Kalaloch to Lake Quinault
  • Cycling Lake Quinault to Twin Harbours
  • Cycling from Twin Harbours to Bruceport
  • Cycling from Bruceport to Disappointment Bay
  • Cycling from Disappointment Bay to Fort Stevens
  • Day off in Fort Stevens
  • Cycling from Fort Stevens to Nehalem Beach
  • Cycling from Nehalem Beach to Cape Lookout
  • Cycling from Cape Lookout to Devils Lake
  • Cycling from Devils Lake to South Beach
  • Cycling from South Beach To Honeyman State Campground
  • Cycling from Honeyman to Sunset Bay
  • Cycling from Sunset Bay to Humbug Mountain
  • Cycling from Humbug Mountain to Harris State Park
  • Cycling from Harris State Park to Elk Prairie
  • Cycling from Elk Prarie to Arcata
  • Cycling from Arcata to Burlington Campground
  • Day off in Burlington
  • Cycling from Burlington to Standish-Hickey
  • Day off in Standish-Hickey
  • Weathering the Storm
  • A tree fell down and crushed my bike!
  • Cycling from Standish Hickey to Mackericher
  • Cycling from Fort Bragg to Manchester
  • Cycling from Manchester to Gualala
  • Cycling from Gualala to Bodega Dunes
  • Cycling from Bodega Dunes to Samuel P Taylor
  • Cycling from Samuel P Taylor to Half Moon Bay
  • Cycling from Point Montara to New Brighton
  • Cycling from New Brighton to Veterans Memorial Park
  • Cycling from Veterans Memorial Park to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Cycling from Pfeiffer Big Sur to San Simeon
  • Cycling from San Simeon to Morro Bay
  • Cycling from Morro Bay to Guadalupe
  • Cycling from Guadalupe to Lompoc
  • Cycling from Lompoc to El Capitan
  • Cycling from El Capitan to Santa Barbara
  • Cycling from Santa Barbara to Leo Carrillo
  • Cycling from Leo Carrillo to Torrance L.A.
  • Cycling from Torrance to Laguna Beach
  • Cycling from Laguna Beach to Encinitas
  • Cycling from Encinitas to Tijuana (Mexico!!)

FAQ About Cycling the PCH

Planning on cycling the Pacific Coast Route? These commonly asked questions and answers might be useful to know.

Can you bike on PCH?

Yes, you can cycle along the Pacific Coast Highway in the United States. Keep in mind there are no dedicated cycling lanes (yet!), and diversions may occur if bridges or roads are out.

How long does it take to cycle the Pacific Coast?

The PCH can be cycled in a reasonably comfortable 40-50 days, doing an average of 50 mile days. Fitter cyclists who prefer to ride longer distances can cover the distance in much less time.

Is it better to cycle from the north or south on the PCH?

Most cyclists recommend cycling from the North to the South along the Pacific Coast Highway in order to enjoy the coastal views during specific sections, and to take advantage (or avoid) prevailing wind directions.

Cycling by the Pacific Ocean

I chose the Pacific Coast Highway for the USA section of my bicycle tour from Alaska to Argentina. Although it involved cycling with traffic, I found this route enjoyable and a good way to see America by bike in the time that I had. There are plenty of other cyclists who travel along this coastal highway as well which is always fun when you encounter them on your journey.

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Dave, I’m planning to cycle the pacific coast highway route in May 2021 and wanted to say how valuable and informative I’m finding you website. Thanks.

Hey Shawn! Did you do it? I’m planning to do it in September and your advice would be great.

Hey Dave, Thanks for doing what you do. The campgrounds that you stayed in along the California coast, were they planned stops (Reservations) or did you have an idea where they were and you winged it on how much energy you had that day.

Hi Dennis, Glad you fond some of these useful! I made no reservations, and was just able to turn up on the day to camp. I had an idea of where there were campsites based on people I met, blogs, and also there’s a really nice guide available on Amazon for cycling the PCH1 which gives some info on them. Normally, I find around 80km per day to be reasonably comfortable cycling with a loaded bike, so I based stops on around that. Hope this helps!

I’m seriously thinking of cycling from Vancouver to San Diego later this year. I love cycle touring and am a keen cyclist. However I’m a 66-yr-old grandmother, and would like your honest opinion of how safe it’d be for me if I set out alone, how mad I am to even consider it . . . Thanks! At this stage, negative comments would be just as helpful as positive ones, before I get too deep into planning.

Hi, From the section you are suggesting, I think you would find it relatively safe. The only danger to be honest is traffic and dumb drivers! In particular, if you go at a popular time, you’ll meet plenty of other cyclists along the way. This will give you the chance to team up, meet people and chat at the various campgrounds. I think it’s definitely worth considering – If you do go ahead, I’d love to hear how you get on!

Thank you! I’ll certainly let you know if I do this!

I’ve been warned about theft – have you come across this on your travels down the coast?

I didn’t experience any myself. My guess is that this would be at the campgrounds (only some). For the most part, I didn’t even think about it. I tend to always take my most valuable things with me everywhere like phone, passport, wallet etc in any case. For the bike – a good lock and somewhere secure to lock it to.

Thanks for all your help!

My friend from Italy, Franco, is currently biking down the coast from San Francisco to San Diego and is being stymied by all the signs along hwy 1 that say “no pedestrians or bicycles”. He is about to give up. What should he do? He is having trouble finding alternate routes. His intention was to just follow hwy 1 all the way to San Diego. Can anyone help me help him? He has already invested lots of money and I want to help him make it a successful trip. He has bicycled from London to his house in Rome and said it was far easier to figure out the route than in the U.S.

Hi, Not sure if he is finding areas where there may be localised works on the roads and diversions set up (which may happen from time to time). If he hasn’t already, he should probably look at getting these maps on cycling the Pacific Coast (there’s different maps for different sections).

Cool! Thanks for all the info Dave! Thinking about adding on the Pacific Coast to our long bicycle trip around the world. Will definitely be checking back here for more info!

It’s a good section, especially if you aim to cycle from Alaska to Argentina on your bike tour!

Cool! We are going to ride from Vancouver to San Diego I believe. Getting excited…but first we’re cycling Australia and New Zealand 😀

I loved cycling in New Zealand! Hope you have a great time there.

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Biking Pacific Coast Highway 1

Things To Do Biking Pacific Coast Highway 1

An all-time favorite cycling route, Highway 1 offers spectacular views and challenging climbs with great restaurants, wineries and attractions along the way. At its heart lies the San Luis Obispo County section of Highway 1, a stretch representing the very best of the West Coast. The 57 miles between Ragged Point and Nipomo pass over coastal bluffs, beside mountain ranges, through beach towns, nature preserves , and vineyards. No wonder it’s become a favorite section on the Pacific Coast Route.

Through San Luis Obispo County, Highway 1 generally follows the Pacific coastline, with just a couple of brief (and totally worthwhile) exceptions. These also happen to lie along perfect backroads for making a long-distance ride through San Luis Obispo County, top to bottom. The ride could also be broken into a multi-day trip that covers views, wildlife , food, wine, dunes and beaches en route. Advanced cyclists may want to clip in for one or more of the intense routes on Cycle Central Coast. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even want to compete in one of our many cycling events.

But you don’t have to be a pro or a die-hard cyclist to enjoy pedaling on our stretch of Highway 1. Bring your bike and ride it to the neighboring town, or to the nearest mountain bike trail — or just to the ice cream shop. Each of the destinations along our slice of Highway 1 has its own cycling routes and bike trails, from family-friendly to advanced.

A great way to get even more out of cycling the Pacific Coast Highway is to engage with our Stewardship Travel Program for Good. Whenever you explore our wildlife, history, heritage, or coastline, you can’t help but fall in love with this place we call home. Stop off Highway 1 to witness the Monarch Butterfly Grove and its thousands of jewel-toned butterflies. Take a tour of the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station midway through your ride. Check out a Whale Trail sign to learn how to spot whales offshore. Wherever you ride, consider adding one of our Stewardship Travel for Good activities to your itinerary for an even richer, deeper experience.

Explore Cycling along Highway 1

Cycle central coast.

This online resource details locals’ favorite routes and secret byways to cycle, along with mileage, terrain, elevation, maps, and points of interest. CCC also highlights local cycling events, businesses, groups and resources for visitors looking to get in on the action. Search for routes based on destination, distance or terrain, and find several options to choose from. Suggested stops along the way might include wildlife viewing areas, hiking trails, wineries, beaches, scenic vistas and farms. The blog covers news, trends, and ideas for cyclists coming to the Central Coast. Want to try your first century — or your first race? Cycle Central Coast’s calendar of events makes it easy to plan a heart-pumping getaway. Made by cyclists for cyclists, Cycle Central Coast is a one-stop-shop for info on where to bike on Highway 1.

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Cycling Events on the Highway 1 Discovery Route

Few experiences compare to experiencing the beauty and diversity of the Central Coast from the saddle of a bicycle. Cycling events along the Pacific Coast Highway can introduce new routes, new views, and new friends along the way. Some Highway 1 cycling events are for serious and advanced riders, including professional cyclists known the world over. Others travel just a few miles to the nearest fruit stand as a way to connect with casual cyclists. And several other events invite a mix of well-seasoned cyclists and casual weekend riders looking for a challenge in a spectacularly scenic setting. Thanks to year-round mild weather, these events take place every season, each with its own special tone, requirements and conditions. Before any event, be sure to check the registration details, as some require qualifications. Also check the condition of your gear before venturing out to ride, including patch kits, spare parts and pieces, and your helmet. Some local bike shops offer gear rentals, so check into those if you’re not keen on bringing your own bike. (Resources can be found on Cycle Central Coast .) Then clip in and get ready to spin your wheels, whether you’re looking for a fun cruise or the ride of your life.

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New Years Day Ride

This fun and challenging event kicks the new year off right. Start at Cambria’s picturesque Shamel Park and then proceed on one of two different rides. The first takes cyclists on a 44-mile ride from Cambria to Ragged Point and back. The other travels 30 miles to Cappucino Cove, just north of the Piedras Blancas Light Station , then back again after a stop for coffee at Cap Cove. This event doesn’t require registration, but riders must be members of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club. Membership includes a small annual fee.

Linn’s Pie & Ice Cream Ride

Got a sweet tooth? The Linn’s Pie and Ice Cream Ride takes advantage of Cambria treasure Linn’s Farm Store , famous for its pies. Ride out five miles along a leafy backcountry road to Linn’s Original Berry Farm, where olallieberry pie is the specialty. Enjoy a slice of pie and ice cream under the sycamore trees before heading back, or out on a longer ride with other members. This ride requires registration, and riders must be members of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club for a small annual fee.

Lighthouse Century Ride

Held each fall, the Lighthouse Century Ride offers three different route options. Two follow routes on flat road along Highway 1 (45 miles and 75 miles) and the other is a traditional 100-mile century that also climbs Highway 46. All routes are out-and-back, taking in the panoramic section of Highway 1 between Morro Bay and the Piedras Blancas Light Station. Registration for the ride is limited to 1200 riders, making for a relatively comfortable, uncrowded event. A registration fee is required, but membership is not.

Country Coast Classic

A longtime favorite ride, the Gene Cerise Country Coast Classic Bike Ride covers Highway 1 out-and-back from Cambria. The three available routes include a 1/4-century, 1/2-century and 3/4-century ride. All routes include the section of Highway 1 between Cambria and the Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon. Hosted by the Lions Club since 2001, the ride ends with a BBQ meal and no-host pub with local wine and beer. All proceeds go to local charitable causes; registration is required.

Best Buddies Challenge

This charity ride allows participants to pedal with pro cyclists along one of three routes between Carmel and San Simeon. With three distances — 100 miles, 62 miles, or 30 miles — the ride offers something for every cyclist, as well as a 5K run/walk. Registration fees support the services of Best Buddies International, which works to end social isolation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ride ends with a gourmet barbecue, open bar, and headliner concert featuring artists like The Beach Boys, Black Eyed Peas, and Blues Traveler.

This unique and beloved bike race is one of ten Eroica rides around the world. The event started in 1997 in Tuscany, where Giancarlo Brocci wanted to celebrate the history of cycling with a vintage bike race. Today, California’s Central Coast replicates Tuscany for rides measuring 36, 72, 80 and 107 miles. All bikes must predate 1987, and vintage cycling attire is encouraged; all rides begin and end in Cambria along Highway 1.

Arthritis Bike Classic

This California Coast Classic Bike Tour takes place over 525 miles and 8 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles. With much of the route following Highway 1, the tour passes through Ragged Point, San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, and Oceano. The national signature fundraising event of the Arthritis Foundation, the tour was named the 2019 Best Charity Bike Tour by Gran Fondo Guide. Join a team or ride alone and experience the breathtaking climbs and scenery of this special tour.

Amgen Tour of California

The best-known tour in California and perhaps the nation, the Tour of California passes through our length of Highway 1 each year. Held over 8 days and 700 miles, it is the only event in the U.S. on the top-level WorldTour. The tour is open to professional cyclists only, but watching the cyclists pass through on Highway 1 is a favorite local spectator sport. Union Cycliste Internationale oversees the event, which is one of up to 37 WorldTour events in the world.

Biking Ragged Point

Saddling up in Ragged Point means panoramic views, rugged coastline, and plenty of pull-off points worth stopping for. Ragged Point to San Simeon along Highway 1 starts by traveling south 15 miles, mostly downhill parallel to the shoreline. Catch a cup of coffee, breakfast or a snack at the Ragged Point Inn, and enjoy the “Million Dollar View” from the cliffs. Then ride south along Highway 1, taking in views of the Piedras Blancas Light Station or even stopping for a tour of the historic landmark. (Tours occur at specific times throughout the week and must be reserved ahead of time.) Nearby, check out the majestic creatures at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, where their lives are on full display. See William Randolph Hearst’s incredible estate set up in the Santa Lucia Mountains, just east of Highway 1 in Old San Simeon. (You may even spot descendents from Hearst’s herd of zebras on the ranch.) This is another great spot to pull over for a meal at The Truck or a glass of wine at Hearst Ranch Winery. Walk out along the San Simeon Point Trail or lounge on Hearst Memorial State Beach , looking for whales at the Whale Trail sign. Or learn about the intersection of sand and sea at the Coastal Discovery Center , part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. But save plenty of energy for the return trip, which gains the elevation you lost on the way down. Then settle in once again at Ragged Point Inn for a glass of wine, lunch or dinner at the restaurant overlooking the sea.

Cycling San Simeon along Highway 1

Biking from San Simeon

Any ride starting in San Simeon will feature sparkling ocean water, the Santa Lucia Mountains, and sycamore, eucalyptus and Monterey Pine trees. The nearest destination to the north is Ragged Point (see above), and to the south, the seaside hamlet of Cambria. It’s 10 miles from San Simeon to Cambria, with several points of interest along the way, including multiple beaches. Sink your toes into the sand at San Simeon State Beach, or head to Leffingwell Landing to explore the tidepools. Once in Cambria, Moonstone Beach fascinates visitors with its smooth stones, sweeping terrain, and excellent beachcombing. For seafood lovers, pedal over to the Sea Chest for award-winning lobster, oysters, and other delicacies. For delicious globally-inspired cuisine, Robin’s Restaurant delivers, or for wine tasting, a ride to Stolo Winery is worth the ride. If your legs will allow it, enjoy a walk over the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk or the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve . ( For mountain bikers, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria boasts three miles of mountain bike trails that weave throughout the 430-acre preserve.)  You can even trade your bike for a bucket-list horse ride at the Covell Clydesdale Ranch . Don’t leave until you’ve grabbed a slice of famous olallieberry pie at Linn’s Restaurant. But be careful not to overdo it: you still have to ride back.

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Biking from Cambria

Find a number of terrific cycling routes that travel out from Cambria , including to the north and San Simeon, or to the south toward Cayucos. The 14.5-mile ride from Cambria to Cayucos along Highway 1 includes a good mix of flats, downhills and climbs. Wind through Cambria and emerge in a marshy inland plain where Highway 46 intersects Highway 1. (This is another epically beautiful yet challenging ride. Head east on Highway 46 and find oak-lined byways, wineries, and serious climbs that result in equally serious views.) As the road continues, it climbs near Harmony Headlands State Park , where a peaceful hike is a nice addition to any ride. Moving further south, views of the ocean, Morro Rock, and even Montana de Oro and Point Buchon come into view. Walk one of several trails in Estero Bluffs State Park just north of Cayucos, or stroll down the historic Cayucos Pier to watch the surfers. If you fancy a day in the sun, lounge on Cayucos State Beach and investigate the abundant tidepools on its southern end. Cayucos has several dining options, including casual California cuisine at The Cass House Grill or clam chowder at Duckies Chowder House . And take the opportunity to grub down at the original Brown Butter Cookie Company , right downtown on Ocean Avenue, before pedalling back northward.

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Biking from Cayucos

From Cayucos, the nearest cycling destinations are Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. The ride from Cayucos to Morro Bay is just 6 miles long, but the beach and ocean vistas seem to go on forever. Highway 1 hugs the shoreline along the Estero Bay, providing south-facing views of Morro Rock, Montana de Oro and Point Buchon. Homes cascade from the hills at the east down across Highway 1 to the beach. One of the best spots to enjoy this view is Morro Strand State Beach, the long strip of sand that connects to Cayucos State Beach to the north. Morro Strand Beach is famous for its windsurfing and kite flying, both of which you’ll likely find people enjoying on a trip to the beach there. Bring a kite or just watch the kite and windsurfing enthusiasts play in perfect conditions. Pack a picnic into your pannier and enjoy it at the beach where the picnic facilities come with a world-class view of the Pacific. This is also a great beach for surfing , surf fishing, or lounging up against the soft white sand dunes.

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Biking from Los Osos

The closest destinations for a ride from Los Osos are Morro Bay to the north (6 miles) and San Luis Obispo to the south (12 miles). Before any journey, get coffee and a breakfast burrito at the Back Bay Cafe in Los Osos. Then, travel south along Los Osos Valley Road toward SLO, watching the landscape shift from sand dunes and waves to serene farmland. A patchwork of flowers, row crops, and vines awaits any cyclist in this picturesque corner of San Luis Obispo County. Along the way, stop to take in views of the Nine Sisters, a mountain range of nine peaks that began as volcanic plugs. Morro Rock lies the furthest west, with Islay Hill to the east, all the way into the Edna Valley. In between, Black Hill, Cerro Cabrillo, Hollister Peak, Cerro Romauldo, Bishop Peak, and Cerro San Luis stand watch over Los Osos Valley. It is a majestic sight.

If mountain biking better suits your style, Montana de Oro State Park offers nearly 20 miles of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. (Here, you’ll gain far and wide coastal views you can’t get anywhere else.) And at the valley’s southern end, look to the Irish Hills for 13 miles of easy and intermediate mountain biking trails.

Biking from Avila Beach

A ride to or from Avila Beach will always include a forest of sycamore trees and fun in the sun. The closest destinations to Avila Beach are Edna Valley 12 miles east and Pismo Beach, 7.5 miles due south. 

To Edna Valley, take back roads across Highway 101 to Buckley Road. Along the way, pass Woodstone Market , near the Bob Jones Trail, and grab a sandwich or a drink for the road. Then weave through a sycamore forest, between vineyards, and eventually into the pretty patchwork farms of the Edna Valley. You’ll find more gourmet provisions for a picnic at Farmhouse Corner Market on Highway 227 (the main thoroughfare of the Edna Valley). Plus, of course, wine! Stop in at any number of small, family-owned winery tasting rooms for crisp, cool-condition Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Be warned that this route is rather hilly, though, so be sure to keep your energy in check for the ride back.

To reach Pismo Beach, take Avila Beach Drive to Highway 101 but turn right onto Shell Beach Road just before the freeway entrance. (Here is the only elevation gain on the ride; the rest is flat.) Stop along the way at the Avila Valley Barn , an old-timey fruit stand with a petting zoo, pies, and hay rides. Or pick up picnic provisions at De Palo & Sons , an old world Italian delicatessen with a terrific selection of local wines. Continue past the Dinosaur Caves Park, with its sprawling lawn and view of the ocean. At this point, Shell Beach Road becomes Price Road, which leads directly to the heart of Pismo Beach. Walk the Pismo Pier and hit up The Scoop ice cream parlor before making the ride back to Avila Beach.

Looking for a simple family bike ride? Avila Beach is also home to the Bob Jones Trail , a paved path from Ontario Road all the way to downtown Avila Beach. Ride the 1.5-mile path down to the beach, passing beneath sycamore trees and beside an abundant tidal estuary.

Biking from Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys

To enjoy Edna Valley and the Arroyo Grande Valley by bike, the closest destination is south to Oceano and Nipomo. This ride is all about the back roads, patchwork fields, vineyards and wine country . Rolling hills that are velvety green in spring and gold the rest of the year stand watch over the valleys, the road winding through it. Start off in Edna Valley with a visit to Sextant Winery’s Gourmet Deli . Pick up a sandwich or salad, plus a glass of wine, and enjoy it on the patio, then saddle up for a ride through Price Canyon. This long, winding road has hills but nothing very steep, all the way into downtown Pismo Beach. Here, you can stop off for an ice cream, a walk on the Pismo Pier, and a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Grove . Marvel at their orange and black wings, clustered by the hundreds on the eucalyptus leaves and branches, then ride south on Highway 1. Walk the Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve or see vintage railway cars and artifacts from the mysterious Dunites at the Oceano Train Depot Museum. You’ve already traveled 10 miles, but the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes and Oso Flaco Lake Preserve lie just another 12.5 miles to the south. And for mountain bikers, explore the 15 miles of intermediate and difficult trails that weave through Arroyo Grande’s Lopez Lake Recreation Area.

Cycling Edna Valley Vineyards

Biking from Nipomo and Oceano

The natural preserves, dunes, and unspoiled coastline surrounding Nipomo and Oceano make it a great promising destination for cyclists of all abilities. Fuel up with breakfast or lunch from legendary Jocko’s Steakhouse . Then ride west over Highway 101 toward the Nipomo Bluffs and the scenic Oso Flaco Lake Natural Preserve. After a walk on the dunes, ride uphill on Highway 1 toward Oceano to find excellent Mexican food, agriculture, and the historic Oceano Train Depot. Explore the dunes where the mystic Dunites set up their bohemian camp in the 1920s and ‘30s. At Grand Avenue, turn right and pass beloved restaurants like The Spoon Trade in Grover Beach and Ember in Arroyo Grande. Follow this road three miles to the heart of the Arroyo Grande Village . Here, find boutique shopping and excellent dining options in this beautifully preserved historic town. Take a wobbly walk over the historic Swinging Bridge, visit the Hoosegow Jail House, and savor a pastry from Eclair Bakery . Before long, you’ll be ready to head back for the 30-mile ride back to Nipomo.


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Come see why magnificent Highway One through northern San Luis Obispo County and Cambria is one of the premier places for Pacific coast bike trips. Located just south of the Big Sur coast, this stretch of California coast is every bit as beautiful as Big Sur, but lacks the major climbs and hairpin turns of the Big Sur coastal highway. Imagine yourself on your bike on an undulating road with waves crashing below the bluffs to your right while the picturesque coastal range rises on your left. It rarely gets better than this. On this trip, we shuttle up to Ragged Point and cycle south on Highway One past a colony of decidedly odd looking elephant seals (a must see stop!), as well as the legendary Hearst Castle and San Simeon Cove. After a delicious gourmet picnic lunch at a seaside park, we ride our bikes through the delightful village of Cambria, home to numerous art galleries and shops, before winding up in the classic beach town of Cayucos. Those ready for more cycling may explore inland along idyllic valleys along the way. What a perfect way to experience this spectacular stretch of California’s Central Coast near Cambria and Hearst Castle!

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“Everything about our trip was fantastic. John was an excellent guide – informative as much as we wanted without being intrusive.  He was a pleasure to travel with, the lunch was superb with the extra flair of having wine or champagne to celebrate my wife’s birthday was a special touch.  The bikes were great. We will highly recommend you to anyone who asks.  It was the best day of our trip!”

John Rule Columbus, OH

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The Biking: Pacific Coast Highway Half Day tour also cycles Highway One along the spectacular coast of northern SLO County, but ends near Cambria instead of continuing down the coast to Cayucos. You still see the elephant seals and pass by Hearst Castle on the half day tour.

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Join us for this golden opportunity to ride from Canada to Mexico on one of America’s premier cycling routes: the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. This tour is so popular that it sells out in a few weeks, so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to sign up.

And why so popular? We’ll experience some of the finest riding terrain and tour some of the coolest cities in the world! Following a quick jaunt from Bellingham, Washington, to our northern border, we’ll turn and head south, skirting Puget Sound and the lush forests of Western Washington before meeting the Columbia River and following this impressive watercourse to the Oregon Coast. Here we’ll be dazzled by the sights, smells, and sounds of the Pacific Ocean, and for the next 400 miles we’ll encounter some of most pristine coastline and nicest state parks in the country. Farther south we’ll enter California. Then, we’ll head inland to cycle amidst majestic redwood forests, including the Avenue of the Giants. After visiting San Francisco, we’ll spin back to the coast to enjoy the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara. Continuing south, we’ll pass more great beaches and cycle to the Mexican border before ending our tour in the lively cultural and recreational center of San Diego.

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Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara: Cycling the Iconic Central Coast

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  • Bike the entire length of California’s Big Sur coastline and cover some of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world
  • Savor fresh seafood, farm-to-table fare, and flaky pastries at the hippest restaurants, hidden bistros, and charming bakeries
  • Experience Central Coast luxury at hotels and inns in ideal locations lining the way from dramatic Carmel-by-the-Sea to country-chic Los Olivos
  • Taste wine where it’s produced in the Santa Ynez Valley—a region that’s coming to compete with California’s well-known Napa and Sonoma wine country
  • Challenge yourself with a century ride that covers 100 miles of Pacific coastline from Big Sur to Morro Bay

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From the Top!

Our adventure begins on the cusp of Northern California as you meet your guides in Palo Alto for a transfer to Monterey. And just like that, you’re on California’s Central Coast! We’ll get to know each other over coffee at the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, then get fitted to our bikes for an unforgettable first ride: the scenic coastal road plainly called 17 Mile Drive. Pedal by Cannery Row (a nod to Steinbeck’s novel of the same name), past Spanish Bay, and alongside Pebble Beach, home to the legendary golf links. Pull into our favorite cycling-themed bistro for a laid-back lunch in Carmel: this artsy beach town gives you a taste of the Central Coast flavor, and it’s a local hotspot for shopping and exploring. After lunch, finish up with a short spin to our luxury hotel in the heart of a charming coastal town. Settle in with a glass of champagne before our first dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals : Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Monterey, Carmel Accomplished : 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,099 feet / 335 meters Accommodations : Hotel Villa Mara

Beautiful Big Sur

Rise and shine: we’re heading out early so we can enjoy the coastal road during the cool and peaceful morning hours. Today it’s Highway 1 all the way—and the postcard-worthy views that come along with it. From the fog-shrouded mountains above to the crashing surf below, every mile is a visual feast. We’ll even pedal across Bixby Creek Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Big Sur coast. Stop for a well-earned lunch in Big Sur, a place that derives its name from the Spanish “ el pais grande del sur ” or the “big land of the south.” Since these coastlands lie south of Monterey, the onetime Spanish capital, this beautiful community became known as “Big South”—or Big Sur. This afternoon, get settled at the hotel, head down to the beach, or wind down with a hike into the backcountry. Tonight we’ll have a beautiful sunset dinner—a quintessential Central Coast experience.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Notleys Landing, Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur Accomplished : 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 2,831 feet / 863 meters; optional afternoon hike Accommodations : Glen Oaks Big Sur

Down the Pacific Coast

Time for the biggest ride of the trip—a day of total coastal bliss. Start cycling towards McWay Falls and check out this breathtaking waterfall that empties directly on the beach. Then it’s back on the bikes as we climb and descend through a changing landscape: first towering redwoods, then endless coastal panoramas. Take a moment to appreciate the view during a snack stop before we continue riding to Ragged Point. After lunch, transfer to San Luis Obispo, home to our fantastically whimsical hotel—or make it a full century and pedal all the way to Morro Bay, where Highway 1 finally veers away from the coast. The rest of the day is yours to explore SLO’s many of-the-moment eateries and breweries.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Destinations : Gorda, Big Sur, San Simeon Accomplished : 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 4,800 feet / 1,223 meters Longer Option : 100 miles / 162 km, elevation gain: 7,580 feet / 2,311 meters Accommodations : Hotel SLO

Santa Ynez: California's Other Wine Country

This morning we’ll head inland on the sinuous roads that surround Santa Maria, making our way into the Santa Ynez Valley by way of Foxen Canyon. Ride through the epicenter of Santa Barbara wine country and its well-loved vineyards lining the route to Ballard Canyon. We’ll stop for lunch at a destination restaurant serving locally-sourced dishes. After lunch, bike the rest of the way to the wine-tasting village of Los Olivos (or catch a lift in the van). Our hotel is right in the heart of town, so take a stroll around or relax by the pool before dinner. Tonight, regroup for a fantastic farewell meal prepared by an innovative local chef.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, Buellton Accomplished : 37 miles / 59 km, elevation gain: 1,856 feet / 566 meters Longer Option : 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 2,594 feet / 791 meters Accommodations : The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern

The End of the Road

On our final morning, choose to take a spin through the vineyards or catch some extra sleep and a leisurely breakfast. Your guides will transfer you to Santa Barbara and see you off to the next leg of your California travels.

Meals : Breakfast Destinations : Santa Barbara Accomplished : Optional morning ride

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This itinerary is currently under review due to recent closures on Highway 1. Please contact us for updates.

Highway 1 is as popular for cyclists as it is for motorists. Be prepared for (and comfortable with) riding in some traffic along the route, and discuss your desired travel dates with a DuVine Travel Specialist to avoid more populous visiting periods.

For the hikes on this tour, we strongly recommend bringing hiking boots or trail shoes with good traction (not running shoes or sneakers). Moisture-wicking clothing or daypacks are also recommended, but not required.

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  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 3 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal
  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
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Pacific Northwest Bicycle Touring Loop

Two months and 2,270 miles through washington, oregon, and northern california.

In May 2021, we embarked on a two month bicycle tour of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) with our good friend Marcus. This was our first big tour with our around-the-world bikes and we were still waiting for COVID lock-downs to calm down a bit, so a U.S. tour seemed like a good way to start our expedition. All three of us were interested in spending more time in the PNW, so we boxed up our bikes and met up in Seattle, which would be our start and end point.

We started off riding the Olympic Discovery Trail and Pacific Coast Highway down to the Redwoods, then headed east to link up with the Oregon Outback bikepacking route and the Sierra Cascades Adventure Cycling Association route.

map of pacific northwest bicycle tour

 You can download the full GPX track of our route here. We’ve broken the tour into a few different posts which are linked below.

Stats Overview:

Time Frame: May 5 – June 27, 2021

World Bicycle Tour Days: 1-54

Miles: 2,287

Olympic Discovery Trail and Pacific Coast Highway

The first section of our Pacific Northwest bicycle tour was on the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Pacific Coast Highway. Read about this part of the journey here.

bicycle touring the pacific coast highway

Oregon Outback Bikepacking Route

The Oregon Outback is a 364-mile bikepacking route that traverses the length of the state. The route starts in Klamath Falls and ends at the Deschutes River State Recreation Area. Read about our experience bikepacking the Oregon Outback here.

bikepacking the oregon outback

Sierra Cascades Route

After completing the Oregon Outback, we followed the Columbia River west to Cascade Locks, where we joined the Sierra Cascades Adventure Cycling Association route . The transition from desert to rain forest seemed almost instantaneous and it rained for several days after we crossed into Washington. The route passes near Mount St. Helens, but we couldn’t see it at all due to the cloud cover.

pacific northwest bicycle touring

We then rode into Yakima and the drier part of the state before heading through Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Park. We had beautiful weather in North Cascades and found a nice spot to set up camp and take a rest day in the woods. Finally, we spent a few days on the San Juan Islands before heading back to Seattle and ending where we started – at the Red Roof Inn Airport Hotel.

bicycle touring north cascades national park

The Sierra Cascades route was mostly on pavement and incorporated some nice sections of bike path, though it was primarily on low-traffic byways. We did a mix of state/county campgrounds and wild camping.

bike riding in the fog

Final Thoughts

The Pacific Northwest is a stunning area with a huge variety of ecosystems and climate. We  cycled through rain forest, the high desert, past snowy mountains and along rugged coastline all  in the span of two months. While the traffic was heavy along the coast in certain areas, there were good amenities for cyclists and frequent options for less-traveled byways.

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Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour

Hidden amidst the picturesque landscapes of Pacific Grove lies an electrifying adventure that many may not know about: the Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour. Offering a unique blend of nature, adventure, and technology , this tour takes participants on an unforgettable journey through the stunning Andrew Molera State Park.

As the group size is limited to just 10 participants, the experience promises a personalized and immersive encounter with the knowledgeable guide.

But what makes this tour truly captivating? Well, that’s something you’ll have to discover as you explore the thrilling details of this exhilarating e-bike adventure.

Best Place To Reserve: I highly recommend using GetYourGuide to reserve. You can save your spot now for free and can cancel right up to the day before. The button at the base of the page will take you to the official listing on GetYourGuide.

Good To Know

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Good To Know

  • Free cancellation and flexible booking options are available for this E-Bike tour.
  • The tour takes place in Andrew Molera State Park and offers stunning views of the Point Sur Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Participants will ride through groves of oak trees and a beautiful redwood forest, experiencing the natural beauty of the area.
  • The tour is conducted in English and has a small group size, allowing for a personalized and interactive experience with the guide.

Activity Details

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Activity Details

The activity details for the Pacific Grove E-Bike Tour include:

  • Free cancellation
  • A 2-hour duration
  • Availability of live tour guides
  • A small group size limited to 10 participants

Safety precautions are taken seriously on this tour, ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience for all participants. The tour guides provide a safety briefing at the beginning of the tour, ensuring that everyone is aware of the necessary precautions while riding the E-Bikes.

The scenic routes of the tour offer breathtaking views of the Point Sur Lighthouse, groves of oak trees, and a beautiful redwood forest. With a duration of 2 hours, participants have ample time to explore and appreciate the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

The small group size allows for better interaction with the guide and a more personalized experience .

Experience Highlights

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Experience Highlights

With the activity details covered, let’s now explore the exciting experience highlights of the Pacific Grove E-Bike Tour.

One of the advantages of using an E-Bike is the ease of climbing mountainous terrain with the help of a 750 watt motor.

As you ride along the scenic route, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking views of the Point Sur Lighthouse and enjoy panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

The tour also takes you through groves of oak trees and a beautiful redwood forest, providing a serene and picturesque landscape.

The approximate distance of the full ride is 12 miles, allowing you to fully learn about the natural beauty of the area.

Full Description of the Experience

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Full Description of the Experience

Upon meeting the guide at the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park, you will receive an introduction to the E-Bikes and a safety briefing. The guide will ensure that everyone is familiar with the features and operation of the bikes, as well as providing important safety precautions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Once the briefing is complete, the group will embark on a scenic journey, climbing the mountainous terrain with the assistance of the powerful motor. They’ll ride through groves of oak trees and a beautiful redwood forest along the Little Sur River, taking in breathtaking views of the Point Sur Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean.

The approximate distance of the full ride is 12 miles, with a duration of 2 hours.

  • Immersive exploration of stunning coastal landscapes
  • Thrilling experience of climbing challenging mountainous terrain
  • Serene and peaceful ride through groves of oak trees and redwood forests

Meeting Point and Instructions

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Meeting Point and Instructions

Upon arriving at the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park, you will meet their guide and receive important instructions for the E-Bike tour. The meeting point is located at the park’s entrance, where the guide will be waiting to welcome and brief the participants.

The guide will provide a safety briefing, ensuring that everyone is aware of the necessary precautions and guidelines for riding the E-Bikes. This includes information on how to operate the bikes, proper safety gear to wear, and rules to follow during the tour. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have before embarking on the tour.

The meeting point serves as a starting point for the adventure, where participants can gather and prepare themselves for an exciting and safe E-Bike experience.

Group Size and Limitations

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Group Size and Limitations

After receiving important instructions at the meeting point, you will now learn about the group size and limitations for the Pacific Grove E-Bike tour.

Small group size : The tour is limited to 10 participants, ensuring a more intimate and personalized experience.

Personalized experience : With a small group size, participants can expect better interaction with the guide and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized attention.

Better interaction with the guide : The small group size allows for a more engaging and interactive experience with the guide, who can provide in-depth information about the area and answer any questions participants may have.

The limited group size not only ensures a comfortable and enjoyable tour experience but also allows for a more personalized and interactive adventure along the Old Coast Road.

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Background

The background of the Pacific Grove E-Bike tour provides a context for understanding the unique experiences and attractions offered on this adventure. E-Bikes, or electric bikes , have gained popularity in recent years due to their numerous benefits. These bikes are equipped with a 750 watt motor that assists riders in climbing mountainous terrains, making it easier and more enjoyable to explore the beautiful landscapes along the Old Coast Road. The popularity of E-Bikes can be attributed to their ability to provide a more personalized and interactive experience for participants. With a small group size limited to 10 participants, riders can enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable tour experience while also having the opportunity to interact with the knowledgeable tour guide. This combination of convenience, accessibility , and personalized experience makes the Pacific Grove E-Bike tour a must-try adventure for outdoor enthusiasts.

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Directions

To begin your Pacific Grove E-Bike tour, meet the guide at the entrance to Andrew Molera State Park. From there, the guide will lead you on a scenic route that avoids traffic and showcases the natural beauty of the area.

Ride through picturesque groves of oak trees, enjoying the tranquility of nature.

Experience breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean as you pedal along the coast.

Explore a beautiful redwood forest, taking in the towering trees and peaceful atmosphere.

Additional Information

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Additional Information

Continuing on your Pacific Grove E-Bike tour, here is some additional information to enhance your experience.

When it comes to safety precautions, it’s important to wear a helmet at all times during the tour. The E-Bikes used in this tour are equipped with a 750 watt motor, which provides assistance when climbing the mountainous terrain. These E-Bikes are designed to handle the trails and provide a smooth and enjoyable ride.

It’s recommended to follow the instructions and guidelines provided by the tour guide to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Plus, participants should be aware of the E-Bike specifications, such as the battery life and range, to plan their ride accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour - Frequently Asked Questions

Are Helmets Provided for the E-Bike Tour?

Helmets are provided for the e-bike tour. Safety regulations require participants to wear helmets during the activity. This ensures the safety and well-being of all participants throughout the tour.

Is There an Age Restriction for Participating in the E-Bike Tour?

There is an age requirement for participating in the e-bike tour. The tour follows safety regulations and is open to participants of a certain age.

Can I Bring My Own Bike for the Tour Instead of Using the Provided E-Bike?

Yes, participants can bring their own bike for the tour instead of using the provided E-Bike. It is important to note that the tour is specifically designed for E-Bikes, but alternative transportation options are allowed.

Is There a Weight Limit for Participants on the E-Bike Tour?

Yes, there is a weight limit for participants on the e-bike tour. The specific weight limit may vary depending on the tour provider, so it is best to check with them directly for more information.

Are There Any Restroom Facilities Available Along the Tour Route?

Restroom facilities are available along the tour route, providing convenience for participants. Along With the scenic viewpoints, these facilities ensure a comfortable experience, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the tour.

To sum it up, the Pacific Grove: Old Coast Road E-Bike Tour offers an exhilarating and personalized adventure through the beautiful landscapes of Andrew Molera State Park.

With the assistance of E-Bikes, participants can effortlessly climb the mountainous terrain and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

With the option of free cancellation and the flexibility to reserve now and pay later, this tour is a must-try for nature enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable experience.

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