Passing Through


Los Padres National Forest

Let’s assume you’re starting in San Luis Obispo. Maybe you came from the north, or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. Either way, you’re probably due for a layover day. You’re in luck.

Maybe you’re on a tight schedule, but however you arrive, take your time on this segment. It’s worth it – you’re entering wine country.

Visit Avila Beach and Pismo Beach

This route begins at the San Luis Obispo AMTRAK Station and takes you downtown before heading south.

As you head south look for the latest off-road trail updates as SLO is busily expanding its bicycle network. The route has you passing by Avila Beach, but you can go where you want, right? Take the beautifully canopied Bob Jones Trail to visit this charming beachside town. After lunch you’ll be back on the trail that follows Hwy 101 into Pismo Beach. Spend the night here on the coast, at the Dolphin Bay Resort, or press on to Santa Maria.

Explore the Santa Ynez Valley

An overnight in Santa Maria positions you for the next day’s beautiful ride into the Santa Ynez Valley.

Which way to Santa Barbara?

From Santa Ynez you have 2 options: head to the 101 Fwy in Buellton or rough it via Refugio Road.

Explore the many segments as you explore north county.

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    San Luis Obispo to Santa Maria

    Take side trips to Avila Bay and Pismo Beach. See route.

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    Santa Maria to Los Olivos

    The highlight of this route, through wine country. See route.

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    Refugio Pass

    The fat tire alternative to riding the 101.
    See route.

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    Goleta to Santa Barbara

    Visit Goleta Beach Park, have lunch at Beachside then take the off-road Obern Trail into Santa Barbara. See route.

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    Santa Barbara to Ventura

    The Rincon Trail is the off-road highlight of this segment. See route.

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    Ventura to Malibu

    Say goodbye to the Central Coast as you head south to Malibu. See route.

Looking south along Refugio Road
Visit Circle Bar B on Refugio Road