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Salt Point State Park



9.6 mile 15.5 kilometer loop
25% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,466' 447 m
Descent: -1,500' -457 m
High: 1,022' 311 m
Low: 37' 11 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)


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A beautiful tour of the forest, prairie, and ocean-side cliffs of Salt Point State Park.

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This loop covers a wide range of landscape including redwood forest, pygmy forest, prairie, and bluffs with seaside cliffs.


The loop can be started at any of the three parking locations. This description starts at the Woodside Campground parking entrance ($8 fee.) The trail starts at the eastern end of the parking lot.

Take Central Trail up a forest road with a moderate slope until you arrive at the water towers on your left. Turn left onto Water Tank Trail then right onto North Trail and ride the overgrown road (now a narrow trail) through the stunted trees in the Pygmy Forest. North Trail will tee back into Central Trail, turn left.

Continue up Central Trail into the large prairie-land and turn left onto Prairie Trail near the middle of the prairie. Follow Prairie Trail, a forest road that needed some maintenance when we were there. At the bottom of the trail, you'll cross the San Andreas fault and see a sag pond that formed where the fault split the ground. Continue up the other side until you see Plantation Trail merge on the left hand side.

Take Plantation Trail and travel along the forested contours of the canyon wall above Miller Creek. It appears that the trail is a forest road that has narrowed to singletrack width in some areas. The trail ends at Kruse Ranch Rd, a public dirt road. Turn left and follow the dirt road through Plantation, which pretty much consists of a small ranch that is now a kids summer camp. Follow the road another mile or so until you see a trail marker on your left.

Take Stump Beach Trail down to Highway 1. It is a gorgeous, well-maintained, curvy, canyon-side trail through the redwood forest.

When you reach Highway 1, turn left on the road (no bike lane and lots of traffic). Go around a switchback over Miller Creek and a hundred yards or so on the other side you'll see a barely accessed park road and gate. Go around the gate and work your way through the grasslands across the bluff on Salt Point Trail. At the end of Salt Point Trail, you'll be on the paved campground road, take the road up until you reach Highway 1. Turn right and go about 1/4 mile to get back to the Woodside Campground entrance and your car.


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May 27, 2019
Yuto Watanabe
Scenic trail to ride on by the coast, with flowy trail down stump tree trail.
Apr 4, 2019
Patricia Hickey
Mar 31, 2019
Chase Crider
Started and finished in grestle campground, trail was very very wet, seemed like I was riding up a creek. Downhill had lots of downed trees. 10.7mi — 1h 59m
Oct 27, 2018
Joe Park
Apr 29, 2018
Gabe P
A decent amount of standing water and several downed trees.
Apr 15, 2018
Jake Bain
First ride on Mt Bike 9.6mi
Mar 7, 2018
JayJay Kuo
Feb 9, 2018
Tiffany Camarillo
Took a wrong turn, added 2mi, but totally worth it for all the different terrains and climates. Stump Beach downhill trail portion is AWESOME! 11.9mi — 3h 00m

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The prairie. A large unexpected grassland opening surrounded by redwood forest
Jul 11, 2017 near Sea Ranch, CA
North Trail through the Pygmy Forest
Jul 11, 2017 near Sea Ranch, CA
Stump Beach Cove
Jul 11, 2017 near Sea Ranch, CA
Sag pond on the San Andreas Fault
Jul 11, 2017 near Sea Ranch, CA
The water tanks, turn here to see the Pygmy Forest
Jul 11, 2017 near Sea Ranch, CA

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