Foxen Canyon Road

Will this be your favorite Central California Coast route?
It is for many.

The Ride

Foxen Canyon Road has it all – this out and back ride from Los Olivos may become your favorite, too. There’s a lot to like. Little Los Olivos has grown into a large wine-tasting center. Are there 10 or 20 wine tasting rooms here? You’ll lose count, too.

Start your morning with an in-town stop for coffee at Corner House Cafe. You may want to return after the ride as they serve beer, wine and coffee.

Experience Level

My 14 year-old had no problem riding Foxen Cyn – this 50-miler was the final ride for his Cycling merit badge. Like any all-day ride, bring snacks and plenty of water. Refresh yourself at the Garey Deli.

The Route

Soon it’s time to saddle up and begin the ride. As you wind your way out of town you pass by the ultimate wine wayfinding sign – snap your photo and keep going. There’s a beautiful overlook ahead, at the top of the first of a few hills.

Enjoy the shade of the canopied trees along the road as you ride past the many vineyards.

Too soon you’re back in Los Olivos. Reward yourself by sampling the local wine tasting shops then splurge on a room at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa.

Passing Through

Foxen Canyon Road is part of the Passing Through route, for cyclists traveling down the California coast. Like rural roads everywhere, Foxen Canyon Road is quiet and lightly traveled, but the automobiles you do encounter will be traveling at high speed – ride safely.

Photo credits: Jeff Clark, Frank Peters