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A hilly fire road that covers about half of Santa Margarita Lake.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

Doubletrack

1,613' 492 m

High

1,311' 400 m

Low

1,034' 315 m

Up

1,010' 308 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Description

Parking is available on River Road and there is a deposit box for the $3 day use permit. Bring water as this is a long trail and very exposed for most of it.

From the parking lot, head through the gate which leads to a fast flat section of road. After about 1/2 mile there should be a sign on the right side to indicate the turn to stay on Blinn Ranch Trail. This is a short singletrack section with a water hazard and bridge. After crossing the bridge stay to your left and follow the trail. There are several great outlooks along the ridges you climb. This climb terminates at a dam overlook of the Salinas Dam.

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Shared By:

Nathan Delaney

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Trail Rankings

#869

in California

#12,165

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The climbing begins
May 31, 2016 near Santa M…, CA
Coming down the singletrack.  Easy to miss sign showing Sandstone and Blinn Ranch Trails.
May 31, 2016 near Santa M…, CA
Cruising along the relatively flat section before the climbing starts
May 31, 2016 near Santa M…, CA
Coming down from the highest point
May 31, 2016 near Santa M…, CA
The water hazard
May 31, 2016 near Santa M…, CA
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Apr 3, 2021
Rochelle Johansen
Nov 18, 2018
Clint Phillips
May 27, 2017
Chauncey Mize
95% Fire road ride. 2600 feet of climbing in 16 miles, out and back, is pretty grueling. Be sure to wear sunblock and bring plenty of water! 16mi
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