View of Morro roak

Lighthouse Century

Date: September 27, 2014
Registration Fee: $75

The Lighthouse Century starts and ends on the campus of Morro Bay High School.  We encourage out of town riders to make motel or camping reservations in the quaint coastal community of Morro Bay. Go to FAQ for area motel and camping information.

Route Choices

Routes GPS PDF (in new window)
Century Route Century GPS Century PDF
Old Creek 85 Route Old Creek GPS Old Creek PDF
Coastal 65 Route Coastal GPS Coastal PDF

All three routes leave Morro Bay on scenic Highway 1, with vistas of Morro Rock and the Estero Bay shoreline. Those taking the Old Creek 85 Route travel up the winding, oak-tree-shaded and challenging Old Creek Road while those choosing the Century Route make the long climb up Highway 46. Both of these routes turn around at the Donati Family Vineyard rest stop and enjoy the long Highway 46 downhill with its breathtaking views of the coast.  Those choosing the Coastal 65 Route remain on Highway 1 throughout.

All riders enjoy a rest stop at Cambria's Shamel Park and then continue north along the San Simeon coast to the turnaround rest stop at the Cypress Tree Vista just below the Elephant Seal Observation area. Be sure to look for zebras on the Hearst Ranch property. The Shamel Park rest stop again serves all riders as they return to the start. Hopefully the return ride from Cypress Tree Vista will be tailwind-aided all the way to Morro Bay High School and a well-earned post-ride BBQ.

The Lighthouse Ride includes:

  • Great food
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Colorful ride patch
  • BBQ after the ride for all registered riders
  • Enthusiastic support
  • Free Event Photography by PhotoCrazy
  • Opportunity to purchase Lighthouse Clothing

Image of Lighthouse jersey design showing front and back

Lighthouse Safety

  • Approved helmets are required to be worn by all riders. NO HELMET, NO RIDE!
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • All riders are expected to follow Safe Cycling Best Practices
  • Rear-view mirrors to monitor overtaking vehicles and cyclists are encouraged. (California law requires that cycists move right as practicable to allow vehicles to pass.)
  • Use the wide shoulders available on most roads used by Lighthouse routes.
  • Portable audio devices using ear pieces are discouraged. (California law mandates that ear pieces be used in only one ear.)

SLOBC Supports the Community

The SLOBC uses the funds from its rides to support local scholarships, bike groups and events, the maintenance of mountain bike trails, bicycle advocacy organizations, and to address other issues of concern to bicyclists. Go to Contributions for a list of the organizations we support.