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A loose, rugged trail carved into an ancient road.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Singletrack

2,400' 732 m

High

1,884' 574 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

516' 157 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Botanical starts at the "Cuesta Ridge Botanical Area" sign on TV Tower Road. This area protects a unique grove of cypress tress just north of the trailhead.

The trail begins beyond a metal gate, heads down what looks like a 4WD road, but quickly narrows to a singletrack peppered with secure and loose baby heads. Some sections of trail are fairly steep, and one drop/rut should be noted about 1/4 mile past the starting gate. Several sharp, rocky water bars and a set of switchbacks lead the trail to a junction with Morning Glory and an old mining road. A left turn onto Morning Glory will lead to the Eucs are below Shooters.

Note: The above mentioned old mining road and others that lead off of the Botanical and Morning Glory trails traverse California Army National Guard and/or California Men's Colony (prison) land. Trespassing carries a hefty fine, if not worse.

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Shared By:

Peter Aumann

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  4.0 from 14 votes

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#494

in California

#8,081

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Photos

The unassuming beginning of Botanical before baby head city!
May 21, 2024 near Santa M…, CA
Southwest view towards SLO and adjoining area to north.
Jul 5, 2017 near Santa M…, CA
Top of Bottanicals, West Cuesta Ridge
Sep 8, 2013 near Santa M…, CA

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May 15, 2024
Mark Loftin
Rolling down a river of baby heads with some intermediate drops. A fun and challenging work-out navigating the lines. Bring water!
Nov 2, 2020
Salvador Avila
Dec 13, 2016
Micah Stiegler
Able to do it without any front brakes... sketchy at times, but no big deal... Wouldn't think it was a "black diamond" unless it was noted as such...
Apr 3, 2015
Tylor Giger
0.8mi
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