April 12, 2018

How to get to Big Sur from Los Angeles

FILED IN: California, Travel

If you’re used to driving the whole PCH up to Big Sur from Los Angeles, you may be disappointed that you’re not able to at the moment. Access from the South is blocked off after a landslide that added 13 acres to the coastline – apparently they will likely be dealing with this for another year before the highway is fully passable again.

I took a recent road trip From Los Angeles to Ojai to Big Sur and back down to San Luis Obispo. We stayed at Treebones Resort and they were kind enough to send us an email detailing how to access the resort when driving from the South. Maps on your phone can sometimes get you lost.


Here is what they sent us! I thought it would be helpful for anyone else planning to travel to Big Sur in the coming months from the South.

Note: We are now accessible from the NORTH via coastal Hwy #1 (coming from San Fran, Monterey or Carmel)

If you are arriving from the South (LA, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo) you arrive via the alternate mountain pass called Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. (Coastal Hwy #1 south remains CLOSED.)

Follow directions below, do NOT GPS because it may try to take you on a gravel route! Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is a narrow, windy paved road with no guard rails and should only be traveled during daylight hours. It will add approx 1 hour to your already calculated drive time. This route is a beautiful, scenic but remote road – no cell service, no gas stations or public services. It is maintained by the County and you can check it’s condition by visiting Monterey County Public Works website.



Stay on US-101 N to Jolon Rd (this is north of City of Paso Robles)

Take exit 252, continue on Jolon Rd. Drive 21.3 miles to Mission Rd

Turn (veer) LEFT at Mission Rd (next to Hunter Liggett Army Base) drive 3.2 miles

Turn (veer) LEFT onto Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd

There is a small green sign there that says: “State Route 1”

You will cross a SMALL RIVER on a small GREEN METAL BRIDGE

Now stay on this Rd for 24 miles

ALL PAVED, all the way. You will drive through grass meadows, up into forested mountain and then wind oceanside onto the Coast on PAVED road


The rest of the directions are to get to Treebones Resort:

Once you get to Highway 1, turn LEFT onto the highway

Drive 7.8 miles to Treebones-Watch for small “Treebones sign” on left side off Hwy

Turn left off Hwy 1

Immediate right and follow paved road .5 miles to parking and drive up hill to Check-in.


Happy Travels,
Miss Foodie Problems


  1. The ideal Central California road trip. – Miss Foodie Problems

    April 13th, 2018 at 2:29 AM

    […] road again, on the way to Big Sur. It was raining pretty hard a lot of the drive. We had to drive the back way into Big Sur, since there was a landslide awhile back just south of Gorda, that added 13 acres to the coastline […]

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