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.

New Idria to Hollister

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.




Continuing north to Panoche Valley


The trail runs right up the rift valley of the San Andreas Fault.


Continuing to parallel the San Andreas Fault through isolated ranch country.


We leave the rift valley and climb into the San Benito hills. The trail winds around the San Benito OHV area, an area that also contains serpentine with high levels of asbestos.  There are warnings about breathing dust in this area.

We pass through the old mining camp of New Idria and continue north on isolated rural roads.


We continue north through the old cinnabar mining camp of New Idria.



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