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Prewitt Ridge DH

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3.7 Miles 6.0 Kilometers



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-3,077' -938 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (19°)

3,210' 978 m


134' 41 m


Shared By Cody Ceverha



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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.


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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Chris Gates
Santa Cruz, CA
Chris Gates   Santa Cruz, CA
Attempted to ride up from the Prewitt loop trailhead on HWY 1 ( at the enterence where the Big Sur Stone House driveway branches north, but unfortunately the trail was so overgrown with wet plants that I was forced to turn back after 200 yds. Not sure anyone has tried this section since 2016 but it’s in serious need of some maitence! If there is an alternate (brush free) route up from HWY 1, I’d live to hear about it! Thanks folks! Jul 3, 2018
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Since I was camping at the Plaskett Campground, it seemed natural to ride up Plaskett Ridge road, and then down Prewitt Ridge singletrack. Alas, Plaskett Ridge road has about a mile of private property guided by a long-haired gentleman with a big black shotgun. He gently but firmly informed me I was trespassing, that there was no way to get to Prewitt, and that I needed to leave right away. So I carried my bike through some meadows and forests, trying to go around the property...only to end up right in front of his house. Terrifying! Don't go that way... ...the ride down was very nice, a bit eroded at the top from recent rain. No vegetation issues near the bottom, but I did end up on a gated meadow just south of the trailhead. You do not want to ride up this because you would be pushing your bike most of the way. Just take the N-F road for a pleasant warmup spin, and ride down. Nov 24, 2018
Colleen Wilson
Big Sur, CA
Colleen Wilson   Big Sur, CA
We are locals who live on Prewitt Ridge & Alm's Ridge in Big Sur, Ca. An amazing place for hang gliders, campers & hikers. Our unsurpassed views & beauty has had an explosion of guests that like to enjoy the beauty of our National forest. Unfortunately, the road is suffering terribly with all the traffic on it. The Forestry has no budget for the road. However Fort Hunter Liggitt has actually stepped up & are currently cleaning out water bars & grading the road. We desperately need rock & rock base but have no funds. We want everyone to enjoy the scenic beauty we have to offer. We have started a Go Fund Me campaign to help restore & maintain the road. We are asking group, clubs & organizations to help contribute, share on FB, Instagram,Twitter & other friends and family who love our natural forest & who would like to help keep this area accessible for all of us. Please consider helping us. We thank you in advance for any donations. Everything helps....and remember to enjoy but leave no trace! Help us save ourselves from ourselves. You love Big Sur, now please write the check, the second most visited place in USA. We need you now! Thanks - Colleen Wilson (you can find me on FB) & Tom Collins Go Fund Me: This form doesn't support weblink so you'll have to search for the title! Thank you - Click here to support Big Sur Road Restoration - Help enjoy the beauty! organized by Tom Collins Dec 15, 2018

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