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PCH Tips and Recommendations

Discussion in 'California' started by Huckster, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. Huckster

    Huckster New Member

    Apr 14, 2017
    Just bought new Model S75D. Live in Denver. Driving to SoCal the first week oF August. Then want to drive as much of the PCH as possible starting in San Diego. Will go as least as far as Tillamook as daughter lives in Portland. Charging comments/suggestions? Awesome spot? Is the road fixed from the damage this winter?. Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated. Thanks, Steve
  2. AEdennis

    AEdennis Active Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    I believe that a big part of the drive in Big Sur is still closed because of landslides. Check status.
  3. NikeWings

    NikeWings Active Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Latest PCH/Hwy1 conditions: Current Conditions

    West coast driving is so damn gorgeous.....even at 80mph. :rolleyes: Santa Barbara mtg yesterday and snapped a few pix while cruising home south. It's always breathtaking, and the CID looks good too. Have fun!


  4. cpa

    cpa Active Member

    May 17, 2014
    Central Valley
    Well, the original highway (US101) snaked along the coast from La Jolla through Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, Oceanside and then follows the current I5 alignment north of Oceanside. You can access the old road off I5 at Genessee.

    It then diverges from I5 at Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano and goes through all the Orange County beach communites to Long Beach, then turning north on Sepulveda Blvd. before descending down the California Incline in Sta. Monica. It then hugs the coastline through Malibu to Oxnard and Ventura. You can leave US101 just west of Ventura and follow the old alignment for about 8 miles until you are forced to rejoin US101. Just north of the sweeping turn at Gaviota (west of Sta. Barbara), SR1 heads northwest to Lompoc, finally rejoining US101 at Pismo Beach.

    It branches off once again in San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay and northward along the coast. As was mentioned above, the highway is closed due to a massive landslide several miles north of the community of San Simeon. You might wish to check out Hearst Castle if you venture on SR1. You can always return to US101 via Cambria and SR46.

    Then you rejoin SR1 in Salinas by taking SR68 (to Seaside) or SR183 to Castroville. Then you hug Monterey Bay to Sta. Cruz. Check out the Boardwalk in Sta. Cruz if you have time. It is the prototypical beachfront amusement park but pretty cool nonetheless.

    Highway 1 will take you all the way into San Francisco, through Golden Gate Park and back onto US101 just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lucky you, you are driving north, the "free" direction! Shortly after reaching the Marin Headlands, SR1 once again departs US101 for the coast. This is a serpentine road and speed limits are slower than usual on stretches. There are many destination chargers along the Sonoma and Mendocino County Coasts for an overnight charge. Many miles north of Ft. Bragg, SR1 curves inland to its terminus at US101 at Leggett.

    I am too far removed from my youth to be able to say just what constitutes Pacific Coast Highway these days. When I was still living in Southern California, we more or less agreed that Coast Highway was US101 from San Diego to Dana Point, then US101 Alternate from Dana Point to Oxnard. And in Long Beach, Pacific Coast Highway was known as State Street.

    Have a fun and wonderful trip!
  5. ggr

    ggr Roadster R80 537, SigS P85 29

    Mar 24, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Still not continuous through Big Sur, which is a huge pity...
  6. smartypnz

    smartypnz Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Monterey Peninsula
    They say 2018.... we are guessing 2019
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  7. HumanGenome

    HumanGenome Member

    Oct 11, 2014
    Sacramento, CA
    Did the same route last winter starting at Eureka. Beautiful.

    Big Sur is a bummer but certainly not the best coastal spot, so I wouldn't be too concerned other than the detour delay :p
  8. gregd

    gregd Active Member

    Dec 31, 2014
    According to Google Maps, there are three sections closed, with small gaps in between. One section, starting just below the Big Sur park entrance and heading south, is annotated "Closed until Sep 30". Below that, the middle section (the longest) is noted "Closed until Aug 21". The bottom section (Plaskett to Ragged Point) has a mix of Aug 21 and "Dec 2017" dates. So it seems that some parts could be open soon, but through traffic may be a problem before next year.

    When open, Highway 1 in general is one of the best scenic trips in the state, ideally driven in a Roadster with the top off. Landslides along Highway 1are one of the seasons in California.
  9. CheeseJam

    CheeseJam Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Anyone have experience with Autopilot 1.0 or 2.0 between Santa Barbara and Ventura on the US 101 Northbound/Southbound? It's my daily commute and I'm curious to how it performs with the poor(ish) lane marking and curves.
  10. mspohr

    mspohr Active Member

    Jul 27, 2014
    California 1 is the Coast Highway. US 101 is inland and not that interesting.
    CA 1 is blocked around Big Sure so you'll have to detour inland.
    Caltrans website has the details.

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