Biking: Big Sur Coast

Biking in Big Sur is one of the classic bicycle adventures in the world. One would be hard pressed to find a stretch of coastal riding more dramatic anywhere in the whole country. Surf crashes on the rocks below the highway, which is often carved out of cliffs that climb for thousands of feet right out of the ocean. This is wild and rugged terrain with only tiny hamlets to suggest humans have any impact on this environment.

If you are interested in a Big Sur bike tour, give us a call! We have supported many groups (from 2 to 80 people) down the Big Sur coast. While many cyclists prefer to do their Big Sur bike tour as a full century ride from Carmel to Cambria, numerous other options are available including a 75 mile ride from Carmel to Ragged Point or a two day ride with an overnight along the coast. Other popular options also include 3-4 day itineraries starting in Monterey and ending in San Luis Obispo (SLO). Multi-day options can be done guided or self guided.

 

MONTEREY TO SLO via BIG SUR - 4 DAYS

155 Total Miles / Daily Average = 39 miles / Daily Range = 22-49 miles

Itinerary

This is our most popular itinerary for this section of coast! The stunning Big Sur coast is the highlight of the tour, but you'll also ride 17 Mile Drive along the edge of the Monterey Peninsula and experience the northern San Luis Obispo County coast, home to Hearst Castle and the Piedras Blancas elephant seal colony, one of the the largest colonies of northern elephant seals on the mainland!

 

 

MONTEREY TO SLO via BIG SUR - 3 DAYS

155 Total Miles / Daily Average = 52 miles / Daily Range = 45-61 miles

Itinerary

Very similar to the 4 day itinerary, but goes all the way from Ragged Point to San Luis Obispo (SLO) in one loinger day instead of two days.

***ALL CENTRAL COAST OUTDOORS BIKE TOURS ARE PRIVATE***

Biking the Big Sur coast is not for inexperienced cyclists. The terrain is challenging, with numerous climbs and descents. Many stretches of Highway One have little or no shoulder, so riders should be comfortable riding with traffic. For experienced cyclists, though, biking Big Sur is an unforgettable bicycling adventure.

If you are looking for a one day bike ride on the Big Sur coast, please contact us or fill out the Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire. If you are looking for a multi-day bike tour down the Big Sur Coast, many of our multi-day coastal itineraries (including those highlighted above) feature the Big Sur Coast. Multi-day trips can be done guided or self guided. Sorry, but we don't do single day self guided tours.