Photographer's Note

Ragged Point is located on the cliff-side of Scenic Highway 1 just South of the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line. If you are driving from the North, you’ll find it about 50 miles South of Big Sur Park. If you are coming from the South, it is about 20 miles North of San Simeon.

Towering high above the Pacific on a promontory with 400 foot sheer cliffs, Ragged Point offers one of the finest ocean vistas in the world, often called the "Million Dollar View". It is also one of the few places on this coast where there is a trail down the face of a cliff. The trail ends at a breathtaking, black-sanded pocket beach.

The Santa Lucia Mountains parallel the central California coast. For a stretch of about 100 miles, starting at Ragged Point in the south, and ending at Big Sur in the north, the mountains drop straight into the ocean forming an almost unbroken line of cliffs the entire distance. In a fabulous engineering feat, the Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) has been built onto the cliffs generally about 400 feet above the water.

This section of the Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) is considered by many to be the finest scenic drive in the world. The section of coast, often called the "Big Sur", is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world.

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  • Copyright: Sydney Deem (sydeem) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 1 N: 23] (59)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-08-21
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/650 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-05-30 12:04
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