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Prewitt Ridge DH

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3.7 Miles 6.0 Kilometers




0' 0 m


-3,077' -938 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (19°)

3,210' 978 m


134' 41 m



Minor Issues 73 days ago
Dry: A little rutted after the Big Sur rains. Still very disable. History

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Spectacular views and a sweet downhill.

Cody Ceverha

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Steep downhill on fast backcountry singletrack. Loose gravel towards the summit that can get a bit slippery.
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One helluva ride down. This Big Sur gem is sure to give you fast, steep downhill alongside breathtaking views.

You can find the trailhead 30 miles north of Hearst Castle along Highway 1. You'll be able to park off the highway at the trailhead or you could explore shuttle options up Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to the summit.

If you choose to bike up, the grind up is only four miles but covers 3100 ft and requires a bit of hike-a-bike. Bring lots of water. The ride down however, is a stunning one at that. Panoramic views of Big Sur and the California coastline. The singletrack down is very fast and can be pretty steep in a few sections, can be difficult for beginners. A must-see for anyone with the confidence to try visiting the area.


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Apr 3, 2018
Jacob Killion
Ride probably doesn’t get more reviews as there is no mobile service anywhere near. However, it’s a good ride if you’re camping nearby. — 2h 40m
Oct 14, 2017
Franck Syren
Dec 24, 2016
Mo Elliott
Jul 16, 2016
Cameron Dunn
Dec 15, 2015
Michael Grindstaff
one of the greatest things I ever did — 35h 45m
Mar 21, 2014
Cody Ceverha

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Like everyone says, there is a lot of poison oak at the bottom. Completely worth it though -- the trail and views are amazing. The trail was easy to find from the top of Prewitt Ridge and was easy to follow down. There are two ways you can reach the bottom: after coming through a very short and very overgrown (not posion oak) you'll go downhill a shortways and then take a sharp right for the trail described here. If you go left and downhill you'll still end up on Highway 1, just slightly further south. The left finish is less overgrown, has fewer tight switchbacks, and is shorter. Both ways are great fun! Jul 25, 2016

Everyone talks about this being a downhill only trail. How difficult would it be to make the ascent up? Oct 5, 2016
Ryan Mackey
Monterey, CA
Ryan Mackey   Monterey, CA
Can anybody relay some beta? Are the trails open after the 2016 fire, and if so how're things condition wise? Also as of this positing (12-9-2016) it's raining and I'd like to know if it's better to ride after a good rain. Thanks peoples. Dec 9, 2016

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