PCH SPRING FLOWERS
Winter rains produce an amazing burst of color along the rolling hills of California’s Hwy. 1, also known as PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Best travel times are late winter through mid-April, after which the golden poppies and Kelly green hills begin to fade.
THE RIDE FROM SO CAL TO MONTEREY IS IMPASSABLE
Unfortunately this winter’s rains have washed out portions of PCH making the ride from SoCal to Monterey impassable. Check road conditions before traveling but, as of March 20, the following breaks along PCH are reported: Closed is the road from Ragged Point to one half mile south of Big Sur due to mudslides (BLUE DOTTED LINE).
Additional breaks in the road North of San Francisco are in Marin county as well as 1-way controlled travel in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties to the north.
ALTERNATIVES FOR PCH SPRING TRAVEL
If spring travel along PCH is on your travel itinerary here are a few options:
PASO ROBLES to the coast highway via Hwy 46 provides wine tasters one of the best wine areas in California along with an amazing drive to the coast. Paso Robles can be accessed from either the 5 to Hwy 46 at Lost Hills or by taking Hwy 101 out of LA. Once on the coast you can cruise PCH between Morrow Bay and Ragged Point.
Link below is a short 500 mph. 2016 spring time ride from Paso Robles to the coast:
MONTEREY via Hwy 101 north out of LA takes you through SANTA BARBARA, SOLVANG and the SANTA YNEZ WINE COUNTRY, PISMO BEACH, SAN LUIS OBISPO and the PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY. Further north on Hwy 101 you have the options of turning west at the town of Greenfield on G16 that takes you through the beautiful Carmel Valley or continuing on Hwy 101 to MONTEREY or even further to the European like village of CAPITOLA and SANTA CRUZ.
Whatever road trip you may choose you are sure to experience the most eye-popping countryside seen in years.