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Rinconada Trail - Santa Margarita Trailhead - #RinconadaTrail
Rinconada Trail - Santa Margarita - San Luis Obispo County - #RinconadaTrail
Eixt the 101 at Santa Margarita (1st exit north of Cuesta Grade) AKA Hwy 58/ El Camino Real. Drive through town and go Right on Pozo Rd (you'll go over some train tracks). Continue on Pozo Rd for about 10 miles. You'll see the turn off for Lake Santa Margarita going to your left, bare right and stay on Pozo Road. After another 4 miles or so you'll see a sign for the Rinconada Trail head parking, which will be on your right. Park in the dirt lot, pack up your gear and get on your bike. Ride up the trail for about 2 miles (this is the steepest section of the trail). At the top of the climb you reach a Y. Go to the left (You can go right also but it's just a steep drop, not as much fun) In a mile or so you'll intersect Hi Mountain Lookout fire road. Go right and continue climbing. This beautiful, peaceful, fire road climbs gently (middle chain ring) for about 6 miles. Then you reach a Y with a gate on the right. The left leg of the Y drops down steeply for about 2 miles and ends up at a campground. The right side of the Y climbs another mile or so to Hi Mountain Lookout. Go to the Right and climb up to Hi Mountain lookout. From this vantage point you can see all SLO county. including Lake Lopez, Santa Margrita Lake, Madona mt, Pismo, Morro Beach, Avila beach etc. An Awsome view and, if your patient, you can see condor gliding by, as this is on their flight path. Go back the same way you came.
GPS: Latitude: Longitude: Elevation:2500
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Rinconada Trail Tale in Photos - My new Mtber friend Brian S. told me that the parking up at the end of the dirt drive may be closed off. You may have to park down closer to Pozo Road.
Chief Joseph Flys Like The Wind a Cross-Country Rider riding a DiamondBack Racing V-Link 3.1 dual shocks from Bike View Heaven Country E-mail:this user URL: Rinconada Trail with Geo, Clarence and CJ
Posted on 04/08/04 Alert moderators of this post
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Ride up the trail for about 2 miles (this is the steepest section of the trail). At the top of the climb you reach a Y. Go to the left (You can go right also but it's just a steep drop, not as much fun) In a mile or so you'll intersect Hi Mountain Lookout fire road. Go right and continue climbing. This beautiful, peaceful, fire road climbs gently (middle chain ring) for about 6 miles. Then you reach a Y with a gate on the right. The left leg of the Y drops down steeply for about 2 miles and ends up at a campground. The right side of the Y climbs another mile or so to Hi Mountain Lookout. Go to the Right and climb up to Hi Mountain lookout. From this vantage point you can see all SLO county. including Lake Lopez, Santa Margrita Lake, Madona mt, Pismo, Morro Beach, Avila beach etc. An Awsome view and, if your patient, you can see condor gliding by, as this is on their flight path. Go back the same way you came.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 18 miles Elevation change: 2300
Singletrack=20% Dirt Road=80%
Bicycle james a 37 year old Cross-Country Rider from Encino E-mail:this user
Posted on 2/27/03 Alert moderators of this post

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