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Prewitt Ridge DH

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 3.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Spectacular views and a sweet downhill.


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Map Key

3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

3,210' 978 m

High

134' 41 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

3,077' 938 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Steep downhill on fast backcountry singletrack. Loose gravel towards the summit that can get a bit slippery.

Description

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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Shared By:

Cody Ceverha

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 9 votes

#2570

Overall
  3.6 from 9 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#337

in California

#2,570

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11,199 Since Mar 26, 2014
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Photos

Fogged-in Oak forest
Mar 26, 2014 near King City, CA
View north from Prewitt Ridge.
Mar 17, 2020 near King City, CA
Fog breaking up towards the summit
Mar 26, 2014 near King City, CA
Above the clouds at the Prewitt ridge summit
Mar 26, 2014 near King City, CA
Loose gravel section
Mar 26, 2014 near King City, CA
The coastline peeking through the fog
Mar 26, 2014 near King City, CA

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Check-Ins

Jan 4, 2021
Deyu Kong
Do not try and ride this trail, it's gone. I found out the hard way.
Mar 13, 2020
John Williams
Did a loop by climbing Nacimiento road and dropping Prewitt Ridge Misty, wet, cloudy day - Beautiful Central Coast ride! 20mi — 4h 30m
Jul 27, 2019
Thorin Haussecker
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