San Luis Obispo County

Date reviewed - 8/05
Fun . . . . . . . . N/A
Difficulty . . . . .High
Traffic . . . . . . Light to None
Driveways . . . .Light
Condition . . . . Poor (dirt)
Length . . . . . .34 miles

I found this road on Pashnit.com when I was planning a road trip up north. It looks great on the map but unfortunately it isn't really the type of road for my lowered car with low-profile tires. I was headed west from Highway 58 and the first 5 miles or so were pretty fun, but the road isn't much wider than a single lane and there are plenty of blind corners that are pretty dangerous to take at speed. There are several sections that are fairly straight, though, and you can get up some speed here assuming there isn't a car or tractor in the way.

Unfortunately, five miles in this road turns to dirt. And not a nice, graded dirt road like Soda Lake. As soon as the pavement ends the road starts a series of switchbacks that were somewhat washed out and rutted. Looking at the map I judged that the dirt section was considerably longer than I wanted to attempt in that particular vehicle, especially since I was only a few miles out from Hwy. 58.

According to the map the eastern half of the road is in better shape than the western half, but as in the case of Soda Lake my maps have lied to me before. Somebody with an endurance motorcycle or Evo/WRX could probably have a pretty good time with this road. However, if the dirt section was narrow the entire way keeping up any speed on the blind hairpins would be pretty dangerous.

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Yellow: Pozo Rd.
Red: Hwy. 58 - Carissa Hwy.
Purple: Hwy. 229 - Webster Rd.

Yellow is paved, red is dirt but it sure looks fun on a map.