The Coast Range Dual Sport Motorcycle Trail.


This is a trail that runs from I5 at the Hungry Valley OHV Area, and meanders through the Coast Range to Livermore California.
The trail uses a mixture of motorcycle trails, dirt roads, and paved roads. Much of it parallels the San Andreas Fault.
Gas availability is something to keep in mind.
The trail is going to take a few days, you could camp along the way, or stay in lodging. The coolest place to stay is Parkfield,
"The EarthQuake Capitol of California" 
There is a very nice inn and a great restaurant with tri tip worth traveling for.
The trail travels through a nearly unknown but very scenic part of California.
Carrizo Plains to MacMillan Canyon

The usual WARNING I have not ridden the entire trail, there may be sections  beyond locked gates, or other wise impassable due to conditions, high water, etc. These maps and this route should only be used by competent riders who find adventure in adversity, and solace in lonely places. You need to monitor your fuel usage carefully as gas stations are few and far between on this route.

I think the whole trail will take 3 to 4 days. Camping or lodging in the few inns and motels along the way will make it a fun few days. Having a sag truck meeting you at specified locations will allow you to travel un laden with camping gear.

I suggest downloading the map jpegs and printing them full page. I would also supplement with Los Padres Forest maps for the southern section and AAA maps, or other detailed map.




This road is composed of long straight well graded sections of dirt road through the National Monument. There are two campgrounds here, KCL near the main road, and my favorite, Selby, tucked back up in the hills a few miles off the main road. Water is not potable at Selby.

Take some time here to visit the visitor center, view the escarpments of the San Andreas fault, see Soda Lake an ephemeral salt lake with brine shrimp.

You may also see Pronghorn and Elk along with numerous species of birds.

“What the Great Plains once were to the nation, Carrizo still is to California: uninhabited, unspoiled starry-night country.” —National Geographic Adventure
“It's the very absence of human activity that makes the Carrizo unique. While other portions of central California were being plowed and bulldozed, the Carrizo Plain stayed much as it had always been.” —Sunset
“The vast, arid, strikingly beautiful Carrizo Plain—sometimes called California's "Serengeti"—is one of America's newest national monuments and one of [our] most successful projects.” —The Nature Conservancy


Leaving the National Monument, you enter a monument to Real Estate Dreams, there is a city here, or, rather, there was intended to be.

This is California Valley a semi failed community similar to California City in the desert near Mojave.

There is a motel and cafe, but I don't believe they are open. There is no gas.


We continue on through California Valley, turning west on Highway 58 crossing a low pass into the valley of San Juan Creek. Turn off Highway 58 onto the Pozo LaPanza road passing the dramatice main ranch house of the LaPanza Ranch. Our route soon turns to dirt and entering the Los Padres National Forest climbs twisting nicely to La Panza summit. Just south of the summit is Queen Bee Campsite, and a mile beyond it is a nicer unnamed campsite with new table and large water trough fed from a spring.


Descend the far side of the LaPanza summit, at Navaho Creek turn north and follow the road, there is camping along here also.

This is the Pozo LaPanza OHV area, you might not be alone.

We leave the National Forest again, heading into ranch country.


We now come to the small community of Shandon. There is gas in Shandon, and probably a cafe, I don't know for sure.

Nearby at Cholame is the James Dean Memorial, he was killed in an auto accident near there. There is also a restaurant.

But we have a better place to go.
Leave Shandon on Highway 41, turn left onto 46 go two miles to MacMillan Canyon.

Head North on MacMillan Canyon Road to Parkfield.



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