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Nacimiento-Fergusson Road Climb


Catching up on a backlog of fun rides!

This is one of those roads that requires some serious planning to actually get to for most people. Located right near Fort Hunter Liggett and halfway between Cambria and Monterey, this is 300 miles from Long Beach. Even from San Francisco it is almost 200 miles away. If you happen to live in San Luis Obispo (80 miles away) or Monterey (60 miles), you could actually swing this for a day trip. The rest of us? Find an excuse to drive through the area. In my case, the Woodside Century in northern California served as that excuse. On a side note, I would highly recommend that century – beautiful, beautiful countryside with some great climbs thrown in (7k or so of climbing).

Anyway, heading up with my mom on the Friday before the century from Santa Barbara, we headed up 101 and then turned off on CA-1. I hadn’t actually seen this stretch of 1 except once as a small kid, so the drive itself was great. Slightly more scenic than 101. We arrived at the intersection with Nacimiento-Fergusson just as the fog was starting to lift from that stretch.

(Note that you can click on any picture for a higher resolution version)

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Everything is a little more complicated when you’ve also packed for a whole trip..

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

1 still looking a little foggy:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

I should note here that some (most) photos shown for the ascent were actually taken on the descent. So, don’t be surprised if the timestamps on some photos seem really spread out. I’m not actually that slow.

The very first stretch is a pleasant ride with a shallow grade:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

This changes dramatically at the first switchback..

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

The stretch on the right is, while not flat, quite easy. As you can imagine, that means the stretch on the left is..steep.

As you climb up this narrow, scenic road:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1
From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

You very quickly hit some incredible views:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1
From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

A little farther and some more ridiculous views:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1
From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

A bit farther and a view of the road just climbed:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

How can you top this?

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Rounding the last bend before actually heading inland:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

As we head inland and the grade moderates a bit, we lose the ocean views but keep on diving into gorgeous scenery:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

And random forested sections:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

This cliff face was unique (almost out of place) on this ride:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

A sign I’ve not seen anywhere else:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Looking back at the hills you just climbed:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

As you near the top you hit a section that was obviously recently burned through:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

And, finally, the top!

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

At just over 2800 feet elevation at the pass, this gives you around 2500 feet of climbing total. Not bad.

You can also continue on to Fort Hunter Liggett if you want:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Or take the ridge road for many miles!

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Next time…when I bring slightly thicker tires!

The descent is fun as well..just watch the road debris and watch your speed towards the end as it gets a bit steep. Truly a great ride. Epic scenery. Arriving back at the car we are greeted with one more incredible scene:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Seriously. That is ridiculous.

After loading the car, we drove a couple dozen miles north and finally sated our appetites:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

We ate that against this backdrop:

From 2009-09-25 – Nacimiento Fergusson Cycling and Drive Up CA-1

Not bad, right?

This is definitely one of the most scenic climbs around. The only downside is that the most scenic stuff comes in the first half of the ride. While the second half is nice as well, I prefer for the views to keep on improving. That nitpick aside, this ride is incredible. If you can swing it, get out here and ride this road!

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Cheers, and enjoy!

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