Ask the locals in Bakersfield about Hwy 58 to San Luis Obispo and they'll tell you there's no such thing and then direct you to the super-slab Hwy 46. Don't listen. Beginning about a dozen miles west of Bakersfield, Hwy 58 is a roller-coaster all the way to the coast. Giant sweepers with giddying changes in elevation run through pastoral farmland for more than an hour. Then suddenly the road tightens down into twisting loops as you dive into canyon country. Just as suddenly, it all stops and you find you've arrived at San Luis Obispo's back door.
The asphalt is a little coarse but unbroken. Cross streets and even driveways are few and very far between. On the western end where turns get tight, they stay predictable with no decreasing-radius turns, gravel in the corners, or other hazards. Needless to say, traffic is non-existent. If you see two cars west of Simmler, it must be rush hour
It's not that the amenities are bad; it's just that there are none. Gas up in Bakersfield because it's the last you'll see unless you detour into Simmler about half way across the route. In fact, except for the occasional farmhouse, you won't see much of anything. Near the western end, about 30 miles out, there is a campground in Calf Canyon. But it's so remote you may be the only one there. (Not for the faint of heart.)
We (4) were at our hotel in Bakersfield looking for a route west to the coast. We came across the lost highway by a recomendation. So we headed out the next morning and were not,disappointed. So,true about the no amenities unless dirt and asphalt is an amenity. Loved it. Not a stinking car or another vehicle either direction the entire trip.,then we came out of the hills,to,see the solar array on the north side and stopped took in tne valley we discovered. We very well may have missed this. Well worth the miles. What a blast we had.
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4 riders found this road review useful
May 18, 2008
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Just made this run a few weeks back and it was outstanding. Pastures were very green with lots of wild flowers. We rode from Ventura and added Route 33 to the route home. The only bummer was we ran across HUNDREDS of spandex bikers cluttering the first part of the 58. I have ridden this road before and did not have to put up with them. It was a nice neighborhood until their type moved in ;). It was worth tolerating them in any case.
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3 riders found this road review useful
May 7, 2016
30 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Love this road! I live in Southern California and do a bunch of 2 day rides up into San Luis Obispo every year. This road is a "must do" on those rides. It gets included either coming or going. The original review is nails it, so there's not much to add. I will say I see an average of 3-5 cars for the entire trip, and maybe see a LEO one out of every 3-4 times I'm on this road. It's a long route, so road conditions vary, but overall I would the road is in very good condition... But the few sections that are bad can be very bad. I have come across a cow or two standing on the highway in the canyons on the Bakersfield side, so be aware of that possibility.