Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road in CA is quite an adventure

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is the name of a stunning drive across the Santa Lucia Range on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. The road is regarded as one of the best motorcycling roads in central California.

How long is the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road?

Tucked away in Monterey County, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is 39.26km (24.2 miles) long. It’s a spectacular road all the way. Located within Los Padres National Forest, on the eastern slope of the Santa Lucia range, it runs east-west from Mission Road towards California State Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway). The road was completed in 1937. The last part of the road features more than 100 turns. Though it is quiet and mostly unused, you might still encounter cars. On the ascent, take note of potential blind corners. If you've got the stomach for essentially driving up the side of a cliff, this is a gorgeous drive. There are pull-outs along the way for taking photos and for turning around.

Is the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road paved?

The road is carved into the side of the mountain, topping out at 840m (2,759ft) above the sea level, where it crosses the unpaved Old Coast Road, seven miles from Highway 1. The road is well-paved and maintained over its length. The eastern slope is heavily forested allowing few vistas. This is not a drive for the faint of heart. The paved road is barely two lanes wide (no center strip) with step banks on both sides. There are no guardrails and veering off the road would be disastrous. Go slow around corners and pay attention.

Is the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road open?

Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs, of thousands of feet. Don't try to drive it at night. Cellular service is unreliable. This route may be impassable during winter months. The road, along a slide area, is occasionally closed for brief periods during tank, artillery, and other firing exercises. Extensive slides and debris flows are common.

 

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