Great brief section of 2-lane highway that goes over the mountain, fun curves and nice scenery also.
This road is the only route east from PCH1 between Carmel and Cambria. From Hwy1 it climbs and twists its way up the mountain giving the most spectacular Big Sur coastline views imaginable. On a clear day, it is stunning.
For the most part, Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is a wide single track with switchbacks leading over the coastal range into a winding canyon to the Army Fort Hunter-Ligget. To ride on the base, you must show motorcycle license and proof of insurance. The road has no police presence unless you are on the base and are US military, not State.
On the base there is a great place to stay, the Hacienda and value for money, excellent bar, breakfast but no dinner. Bring some deli eats and there are microwaves in the rooms.
There is a cafe within walking distance (closes early), bowling and cinema plus a well restored Franciscan Mission. A bonus is one of 3 petrol stations in the entire Big Sur region and government prices per gallon the cheapest in the state.
One my favourite rides in California.
Really good combination of turns to Booneville
Leaving Grangeville on ID13 it quickly joins ID14 for a fun, twisty climb to Elk City.
This is a great route through a high-elevation mountain pass (9200' elevation). Probably best for Supermoto, sport bikes, or touring/adventure bikes, but you could ride anything if you are up for a lot of curves. When you start up the mountain, it is all curves and somewhat narrow. The road is probably closed in winter (likely through May or June), so check the season and weather before you go. But it's great views, almost no one up there (when we went in October), and a fun route! Kennedy Meadows store has gas too.
Gravel/Sand: we encountered light sand on some corners, and slid around a bit, so be careful and watch the roadway for hazards.
This ride out to Mt St Helens and back - either for northbound or southbound riders on Highway 5 - is very scenic and a great road, practicallly *made* for motorcycles. Nice long curving corners, nothing surprises you. A gorgeous ride, and beautiful views of Mt St Helens when you get to the end. Go all the way up to the visitor center and go in and watch the movie/see the exhibits. Incredible place - the volcano is amazing!
Very nice coastal run up to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Curvy road mostly in the forest, be careful if roads are wet - there is moss growing on the roads near the end of the route.
When you get to the end, you definitely want to hike out the Cape Flattery Trail out to the lands end where there are amazing views of sea caves, the island, birds, seals, etc. Gorgeous area and a nice hike through dense, lush rainforest. Dont miss it!