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Old Coast Road

2 Reviews
Location Monterey, CA
Rating Easy,
Length 10.1mi
Time 2hrs

Vehicle Types


Mix of dense forest and high coastal views.

Winding dirt road meanders downhill through cool wooded valleys with large sycamore and redwood trees, then climbs steeply to scenic rangeland high above the Pacific coastline. Take binoculars to see every detail below, including historic Point Sur Lighthouse. Street-legal vehicles only. Drive road in either direction. No turns to get lost. Great hiking in Andrew Molera State Park at south end.


Trail Ratings Defined

Suitable for passenger cars when dry, but you’ll want 4-wheel drive if you get caught in the rain. Road can even be impassable in very wet conditions.






High Point


Best Time To Go


when dry and not too foggy

Current Conditions

Free GPS download

Trail Updates

Submitted by Stu
Drove the Old Coastal Road North to South on Sept. 23, 2021. Trail was open and in good condition. Chased for almost a mile be two very friendly dogs. Also, GIANT bull walking along the side of the road – happily, I was not perceived as a threat. This was my first 4WD trail. It was great and quite doable for this newbie.

Submitted by Kenneth
Old Coast Road was closed today. All entrances are locked up. The trail end allows a two-minute drive to a locked gate. *sad face*

Submitted by Ronnie
So amazing trail for a nice easy drive. Some place where mud has come into road and trees down but all still passable. The only problem is the locked gates at both sides…ugh.


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Zack says

Great little trail, didn't have any issues with locked gates (10/17/2020). Beautiful views of the ocean and some massive redwoods. This will be a regular trip for me and my friends. Only wish is it was longer.

Rob Archer says

Trail was closed last weekend about a mile back.
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