Virtual Guidebook to El Camino Real
Parkfield Grade Road
between Coalinga and Parkfield, Monterey and Fresno Counties 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.



 thumbnail

Giant knockers (a geologic term) on the north side of the Parkfield Grade Road

(March 28, 2009)


 thumbnail

Srpingtime green and flowers on the Parkfield Grade Road

(March 28, 2009)


 thumbnail

The Inner Coast Ranges from the Parkfield Grade Road

(March 28, 2009)


 thumbnail

California poppies on the Parkfield Grade Road

(March 28, 2009)


 thumbnail

Rooting by feral pigs on the Parkfield Grade Road

(March 28, 2009)


Next Locality: Parkfield