San Francisco to Los Angeles
From the Santa Cruz mountains, to Big Sur, and beyond, this journey takes you through the best of Southern California’s coastline. Redwood forests, curving cliffsides, California’s breadbasket, and SoCal’s famous beach towns are only some of the places you’ll experience along this journey. You’ll have the chance to visit towering trees, dip your toes in the Pacific, and gaze out from mountain tops over the coastline. Visit California’s most iconic cities, and opt to continue all the way to San Diego to bike the whole of California’s Southern Coast.
Day by Day
Arrival Day | San Francisco
Arrive into the beautiful city by the bay, and enjoy a night in town. From the Mission, to Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, SOMA, North Beach, and the famous Golden Gate Park, you'll have plenty to explore.
Day 1 | San Francisco - Big Basin | 52.1 miles
Skip the busy bay, and start riding in the South Bay. Climb up to beautiful forest covered bike paths along the San Andreas Lake and Crystal Spring Reservoirs, and ride along quiet cyclist filled roads into Big Basin Redwood Forest.
Day 2 | Big Basin - New Brighton | 32.3 miles
Riding downhill through the Santa Cruz mountains, pause for the awe inspiring views. Cycling through quaint mountain towns, enter one of California’s surf capitals, Santa Cruz.
Day 3 | New Brighton - Monterey | 42 miles
Biking through small communities, enjoy quiet residential roads, bike paths and seaside views with incredible wildlife on your way to Monterey.
Day 4 | Monterey - Big Sur | 44.5 miles
Start the day with the famous 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach, stopping in Carmel for a visit to a few galleries and a stop at the beach. After miles of rolling coastal bliss, enter Big Sur, where you’ll finish at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for a night nestled amongst giant Redwoods.
Day 5 | Big Sur - Kirk Creek | 28 miles
Keep the day short and enjoy all the beauty around you. Stop for hikes, visit hidden beaches and check out the famous McWay Waterfall, while biking some of Southern California’s biggest and most beautiful climbs.
Day 6 | Kirk Creek - San Simeon | 40.5 miles
Enjoy epic views and soar down the curving coastal Highway 1. Pass sea lions and catch distant glimpses of the famous Hearst Castle before finishing in San Simeon.
Day 7 | San Simeon - Oceano | 56 miles
Head inland for quiet riding between rolling hills. Briefly ride along the coast in Morro Bay, before heading inland again to the town of San Luis Obispo, and South towards Pismo Beach's curious Monarch colony.
Day 8 | Oceano - Lake Cachuma | 78 miles
Pass Missions, forest lined creek roads, meadows, and small adorable towns on our way to Lake Cachuma.
Day 9 | Lake Cachuma - Foster Park | 57.5 miles
Starting with a major climb, you’ll soon be rewarded with some of the most incredible views Southern California has to offer. From the top of the Santa Barbara mountains, you’ll see rolling hills and coastline for miles.
Day 10 | Foster Park - Santa Monica, LA | 66 miles
The coastal stretch to Santa Monica is dotted with state beaches to the right and coastal mountains to the left. Passing Malibu, finish your ride just after the Santa Monica Pier. Welcome to LA!
A Glimpse at Day 1
San Francisco - Big Basin State Park | 52.1 miles
7 am: Wake up and get ready for day 1. Make sure you have all your personal belongings packed in your panniers.
8 am: Eat breakfast, load your panniers onto your bike, do a last minute check and hit the road!
8:30 am: Hop on BART, San Francisco's rapid transit system, and head to Millbrae, where you'll to begin the ride.
9:30 am: Ride out of town, along the bike path by the scenic Crystal Springs reservoir.
11:30 am: Stop at Robert's Market for lunch and pick up dinner and breakfast supplies. Perhaps grab lunch to go and enjoy a picnic lunch once you reach the Skyline Vista Point.
3 pm: Bike along the top of Skyline, catching views of rolling coastal moutains, the ocean, and the South Bay.
4 pm: Enter Big Basin Redwood Forest. Enjoy quiet roads lined with these magnificent giants.
5 pm: Arrive at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and set up camp. Check out the walking trails, visit the camp restaurant, or simply relax by the campfire.
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Touring bike, waterproof panniers & handlebar bag, pump, bike tools, & essential spare parts. You'll also receive a custom biking jersey to keep!
Tent, sleeping mat, tarp, cookware, flashlight, sleeping bag
Expertly designed day-by-day route suggestions, essential tips, campsite options, places of interest, and dining recommendations along the way.