Hwy 1 separates from Hwy 101 in Mill Valley, just north of SF and the Golden Gate Bridge. It goes along the coast until it turns inland to rejoin 101 a ways north of Fort Bragg 207 miles later at Leggett. There are hills, tight turns, and it goes through every little town. The scenery is knock out, and it is doable with reasonable caution. 18 wheel semi trucks use most of it routinely. There are some AWSOME places to camp on hwy 1. If you are at all comfortable with towing on winding 2 lane, I would recommend it. I live in Marin County, just north of SF, and Hwy 1 between there and Fort Bragg is my favorite place in the world.
Hwy 101 from Mill valley until Eureka is inland, with a lot of freeway and 4 lane hwy. It breaks out on the coast at Eureka and Hwy 1 and 101 are the same until the Oregon Border where CA Hwy 1 ends. There is quite a bit of 2 lane on 101 in Oregon, but generally better than that of Hwy 1 in CA.
Enjoy your trip!!
Jim & JoAnne
2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
2004 Starcraft 11RT (Replaced by)
2011 Eclipse Milan 18CK Travel Trailer
I did that trip last year, from SF to Bandon OR. We left Pacifica midmorning, got on the Great Highway going north. The Great Highway turned into Geary Blvd. We turned left off Geary, then turned (right) east on California St, then left onto Highway 1, through the tunnel and were on the Golden Gate Bridge before we knew what happened. This is a very easy route through the city. Through forum advice we took Sir Francis Drake Blvd to Olema bypassing some severe switchbacks and narrow roadways. Our rig was a little smaller, 22 foot TT with a short box quad cab TV. I would do it again with my megacab and 31' trailer. The worst part was filling the tank and the cost of state campgrounds. Enjoy the beauty of that trip, lots to see, I'm jealous.
I agree with the suggestion from one of the above posts in taking your TV minus the TT, on a trip over Highway 1 to enjoy the views. Then return to your TT wherever you have it parked and head north on US 101, which will present no problems. Just don't think that Highway 1 is suitable (and enjoyable) for a rig pulling a long trailer, and as others have noted there will be lots of vehicles wanting to pass you since you will be impeding traffic.
PCH 1 north of SF has a lenght restrict I believe of 25 feet due to it having some very tight turns and from personal experience the frist few miles the driver has no chance of viewing the sight, unless up want to go over the side.Take Hwy101 till you can cut over to PCH1 pass this section of PCH1.
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