San Luis Obispo to Santa Maria

Welcome to San Luis Obispo. Coming from the north? You’re probably due for a layover day. Or maybe you took the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego or Los Angeles. 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. This route begins at the San Luis … Read More

Santa Maria to Santa Barbara

If you’re in Santa Maria you’ve got options: press on to Santa Barbara directly and skip the lovely, amenity-rich Santa Ynez valley, or take the best-in-the-valley route to Los Olivos – you decide. This segment of the Pacific Coast Bike Route offers the most direct route south from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara. Amenities are few along this route today, … Read More

Santa Maria to Los Olivos

Today’s gorgeous and more challenging ride along Foxen Canyon Road takes you into lovely Los Olivos. Challenging for wine lovers at least, as you’ll be tempted by the many wineries along this route. Feel like splurging? Book your stay at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in downtown Los Olivos; you deserve it. From Los Olivos you can … Read More

Refugio Pass

As of May 1, 2017 Refugio Road is CLOSED. Check Santa Barbara County road closures here. Today’s your big ride – to get into Santa Barbara you must climb the coastal range, the Santa Ynez Mountains. This route keeps you away from the highway alternatives, you’ll be climbing this quiet mountain pass far from automobiles. Start the day with Ballard … Read More

Rincon Trail

Whether you’re passing through on the Pacific Coast Bike Route or you’re out for local ride, you’ll enjoy this most modern bicycle infrastructure. Advocates wanted an off-road alternative to riding on the 101 Fwy; their wishes came true with this 2-way, off-road trail between the freeway and the ocean. The route starts in Santa Barbara and follows the Pacific Coast … Read More

Ventura to Malibu

Pt Mugu Missile Park

Say goodbye to the Central Coast as you head south along the Pacific Coast Hwy. PCH is a busy road with spotty accommodations for cyclists, so pick your travel time to avoid peak traffic. Bike Shops Lodging Wineries Breweries Restaurants Photo credits: Frank Peters