It was a logging truck road Edging a spectacular stretch of California coastling that rangesfrom rocky cove to sandy, dune-backed beach, the Georgia-Pacific HaulRoad ranks among the state’s most scenic coastal drives. Littleknown, it was formerly the private byway of redwood logging trucks toFort Bragg. Severe storms the last two winters changed all that. With a1/2-mile section of road demolished by waves, these trucks have had touse State Highway 1. Now closed to all motor vehicles, the paved, 61/2-mile route through MacKerricher State Park (with picnic areas and143-unit campground) has become a favorite destination for hikers,joggers, and especially cyclists. Though sand has drifted across the road in spots and you have topush bicycles through soft dunes around the washout, the scenery isworth extra effort. Access points are through a yellow gate about 100yards past the bridge over Pudding Creek, north of Fort Bragg, and atthe park campground.
The road ends at another gate on the north end atthe highway –an area that’s unsafe for biking. Right now you can bike the road any time; clear days between winterstorms can be brisk but glorious. Plans exist, however, to rebuild thestretch next spring for use again as a private haul road on weekdays.Public access would still be allowed on weekends, but motor vehicleswould also be permitted.
For an update next spring or park information,call (707) 937-5804. Photo: Beach-hugging road leads bikers along 6 1/2 miles ofcoastline; fat tires on all-terrain bikes help in sand drifts nearwashout