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4.71 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.71
7 Reviews

California North Coast

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By Anonymous (952 McR Points) on May 18, 2011

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JCZ
January 23, 2012
Hwy. 1 north is the ultimate road to ride and you…
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Bike nut1
January 6, 2015
An amazing piece of road.I can't believe there…
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Written Directions

Start in Bodega Bay, about 30 miles north of San Francisco on CA HWY 1. Stay on CA HWY 1 north to Legget where it will meet US HWY 101 and go north towards Eureka. The Avenue of the Giants is well marked by signs (CA HWY 254) and parallels US HWY 101 for about 35 miles from about 2 miles north of Garberville to about 2 miles south of Scoita. Get back on US HWY 101 for the remainder of the ride to Eureka.

Scenery

The beautiful coastline and the awe inspiring redwood groves. Added by "ridgernr" in April of 2015: "This route begins as a rolling coastal road with sweeping curves and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. As you progress northward, it climbs in and out of the mountains with hairpin turns and stunning cliffs above and cliffside views of the pounding surf. Note: Low-hung cruisers are likely to drag running boards on both left and right twisties. Some were tight enough to cause my Garmin to "recalculate" as it thought I turned around. Caution: Locals warn that there are frequent wrecks involving sport bikes gettting in over their head. The turns are THAT tight in places."

Drive Enjoyment

Road winds along the coast and enters the "twisties" north of Westport as you cross the Coast Range to HWY 101. Avenue of the Giants is preferred over the freeway so you don't miss the groves.

Tourism Opportunities

After crossing the Russian River about 20 miles into the ride you come to historic Fort Ross. Mendicino is a pretty coastal town to wander through. From Leggit to Eureka there are numerous places to stop and wander through the groves of Redwoods. Added by "ridgernr" in April of 2015: "Many small towns with quaint restaurants overlooking the surf. Plenty of gas stops. Scenic overlooks will all be on the left when heading north. Southbound traffic will be looking at the view, not you. Use caution."

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JCZ
January 23, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Hwy. 1 north is the ultimate road to ride and you will be worn out at the end of a long day. You'll pass several lighthouses along the route. In the spring or fall is the best time to ride it.....mid summer will always have morning fog.
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Bike nut1
January 6, 2015
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
An amazing piece of road.I can't believe there are so few reviews of this road.The best part is hanging around this area and riding all the other roads as well.The road quality is great.The scenery is second to none.Can't wait to go back.Stop at bonez smoke house in Gualala and have lunch or dinner.You will not be disappointed with this road!
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cealbrecht
February 12, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This is an incredible ride. Allow a full day to stop at the many scenic rest areas. The road is smooth. Traffic isn't as bad as you see from San Fran to Monterey. It's a little dangerous at times when the scenery is so beautiful that you stop watching the road. Some sharp turns along the coastline with 'infinity-edge' style curves that lack guard railing. Highly recommended. Bring all your gear in case the fog rolls in on you.
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