360° VR Panoramas of El Camino Real
The Parkfield Grade Road
Between Coalinga and Parkfield, California

A very scenic unpaved road connects Highway 198 west of Coalinga to Parkfield on the San Andreas Fault line. It winds two thousand feet upwards through grassy hillsides with massive bouldery outcrops to a summit from which you can see the Sierra Nevada on clear days.

Best in spring when there are wildflowers, avoid in wet weather.


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Giant knockers on the Parkfield Grade, north of Parkfield

Giant knockers on the Parkfield Grade, north of Parkfield

Giant knockers (a geologic term) on the north side of the Parkfield Grade Road. These massive blocks of serpentinite weather slowly out of a matrix of blue clay.

between Parkfield and Coalinga, California

Date photographed: March 28, 2009
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Parkfield Grade Road in spring, north of Parkfield

Parkfield Grade Road in spring, north of Parkfield

Lush springtime green grass and wildflowers seen along the Parkfield Grade Road. This classic California landscape is little known and remains pristine.

near Coalinga, California

Date photographed: March 28, 2009
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Inner Coast Ranges near Coalinga

Inner Coast Ranges near Coalinga

The Inner Coast Ranges, seen here along the Parkfield Grade Road, become increasingly arid with distance inland.

near Coalinga, California

Date photographed: March 28, 2009
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California Poppies near Parkfield

California Poppies near Parkfield

California's state flower, the golden poppy, along the Parkfield Grade Road.

north of Parkfield, California

Date photographed: March 28, 2009
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Pig rooting near Parkfield

Pig rooting near Parkfield

Rooting by feral pigs is evident throughout the coast ranges, as seen here north of Parkfield.

north of Parkfield, California

Date photographed: March 28, 2009
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