Forty two years ago a good friend of mine introduced me to a road that served the residents of Big Sur long before the majestic Highway One was constructed as a link between Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula. I have driven the road many times over the years, most recently in the summer of '08. There was a tremendous fire in the Santa Lucias (Coast Range) that year, and in several of the following pictures a smokey haze can be seen.
The Coast Road unceremoniously takes off from Highway 1, the Cabrillo Highway, just north of Big Sur.
The yellow sign says "impassible in wet weather" (I can't believe I didn't get a closeup.)
A dusty road inland to the uplands.
Looking back (south) towards the valley where campgrounds and resorts abound.
A good view of the Coast Range. "The fog comes on little cat feet..."
The far ridge has been blackened by fire.
An interesting copse of Monterey Cypress. I'm not sure whether they were introduced or are native.
Looking back (south) towards Pico Blanco.
One of my favorite environments is the oak woodland.
The riparian environment at Bixby Creek.
After ten dusty miles, the end of the road appears suddenly, with the Pacific framed by the majestic Bixby Creek Bridge.