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The Nacimiento Fergusson Road over the Santa Lucia Mountains
Los Padres National Forest, California

This is the only road to cross the Santa Lucia Range from the coast to the inland valleys between Carmel Valley and Cambria. It climbs steadily along the north wall of Mill Creek Canyon from sea level to the Nacimiento Gap at 2780 feet. The views are incredible for the entire length, the drop-offs (and lack of guard rails) startling.

The continuation of this road to Mission San Antonio is covered in the El Camino Real region on this website.

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Above Kirk Creek Campground on the Nacimiento Road

Above Kirk Creek Campground on the Nacimiento Road

Kirk Creek Campground is almost opposite the start of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Big Sur coast from the Nacimiento Road

Big Sur coast from the Nacimiento Road

This stretch of the Nacimiento Road is already 1200 feet above sea level.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Spring-fed streams on the Nacimiento Road

Spring-fed streams on the Nacimiento Road

Bodies of limestone feed year-round springs and streams in the canyons of the Santa Lucia Range.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Redwoods on the Nacimiento Road

Redwoods on the Nacimiento Road

Some of the highest elevation redwood groves occur in tight canyons near Nacimiento Summit.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Steep drop-off from the Nacimiento Road

Steep drop-off from the Nacimiento Road

Steep drop-offs of as much as a thousand feet from the Nacimiento Road in Mill Creek Canyon are almost continuous, and there are no guard-rails.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Slump terraces in Mill Creek Canyon

Slump terraces in Mill Creek Canyon

Huge landlsides have created slump terraces visible below the Nacimiento Road in Mill Creek Canyon.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Nacimiento Road high in Mill Creek Canyon

Nacimiento Road high in Mill Creek Canyon

The Nacimiento Road follows an ancient Indian route along the slopes of the canyon, staying above the dense vegetation along the stream. It is the only road to cross the Santa Lucia Range between Carmel and Cayucos.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Burned Area near Nacimiento Gap

Burned Area near Nacimiento Gap

A recently burned area near Nacimiento Gap - massive fires are a natural part of the environment here.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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Nacimiento Road just west of Nacimiento Gap

Nacimiento Road just west of Nacimiento Gap

Near Nacimiento Gap at 2780 feet on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. This is seven road miles, but only two miles in a straight line, from Highway One near sea level.

Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 4, 2012
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