MODERATE 5 reviews
#5 of 10 trails in

The Old Coast Road [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
1023 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

off road driving




private property

Dirt road off the beaten path of the popular highway 1. On a clear day you'll get views of the Pacific and some quiet tree covered road. Used for off-road and mountain biking. Sign states the road is impassable in wet conditions.

1 month ago

This is the old coast road and it is open to bicycles and hikers . There are locked gates-you can go around them. The road itself is not private property, but the surrounding land is-so stay on the road. Information given to me by molera state beach ranger January 2018.

5 months ago

This trail is definitely through private property, we didn't see anyone during the hike (started around 10am) but sounds like others in the comments did.

Driving down HW1 you can park directly opposite the entrance. Then just follow the road (hop a few fences) and you'll find yourself at the top. Its a road the whole way so plenty of room to walk. Good moderate hike, some nice elevation gain but not too challenging. Great view from the top of the surrounding mountains. Only okay few of the ocean. Didn't see a single person the whole hike.

off road driving
6 months ago

The trail is off limits and is private property. The owner threatened to call the police if I didn't leave.

7 months ago

A friend and I drove a mile or 2 in before getting out to hike. That's what I'd suggest doing. The scenery is endless. The trail has a of greenery, redwoods, creeks, and everything you can expect from Big Sur. We ended at the top of a ridge in a cow pastor that was super windy. Such a contrast to the forest down below, but definitely added to the adventure.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nice route to enjoy some cool, quiet scenery. We took a few stops at some prime photo locations to look out over the Pacific while looking down into small canyons. Saw a couple passenger vehicles also taking this road, but I'm sure it was dicey in some spots.