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Botanical

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 3.9 (10)

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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  3.9 from 10 votes

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#617

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#9,181

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Photos

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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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