Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is quite an adventure

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is 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.

Located within the Monterey County, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is 39.26km (24.2 miles) long. It’s located in Los Padres National Forest running east-west from Mission Road towards California State Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway). The road is steep, winding, sometimes only wide enough for one vehicle, and has precipitous drops at almost every turn unprotected by guard rails. Spectacular road all the way. The last part of the road has more than 100 turns. The road, along a slide area, is occasionally closed for brief periods during tank, artillery, and other firing exercises. Though Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is quiet and mostly unused, you might still encounter cars. On the ascent, take note of potential blind corners.

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.

Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous dropoffs, of thousands of feet. If you've got the stomach for essentially driving up the side of a cliff, this is a gorgeous drive. Don't try to drive it at night. Go slow around corners and pay attention. Cellular service is unreliable. This route may be impassable during winter months.

 

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