Be aware that to access this trail you need to either pay a $10 per vehicle access fee at the entrance to the recreation area or walk in at the entrance and walk through RV campgrounds and picnic areas for over a mile before the trail starts. The trail is really an unsurfaced road along the east shore of the lake, though at its current depth you see as much of the lake bed as you do the lake. Nice vistas of the lake and mountains, though. An easy walk.
Not sure what is going on here. Tried to drive up Refugio Road and there are a number of signs "Road Closed, Local Traffic Only". Then when we encountered a couple walking dogs we asked if we could walk from the construction site up, we were told that if we tried to do that, "someone would call the sheriff". Not sure if that was legit or they were just being jerks or what.
R D. on Tequepis Trail
Steep at times and the view is worth it!
We hiked up 5 miles before we realized it was too hot and we were running low on water . I would do this again but plan out 5 hours of your day if you wish to make it to the tip of the trail (about 8 miles one way ) . Beautiful trail but maybe a bit to dry for the summer . Over all you get a nice view of Lake Cachuma
Beautiful views, once you get to the top, you'll be able to see both sides of the front range. Make sure you bring a lot of water, especially in the summer since it's much hotter than the front side of the front range. Most of the trail doesn't have shade, but there are spots along the way with the beginning and end mostly in tree cover.
This was moderate to hard. It was a steady climb all the way (4.5 miles to the top) Great view at the top. .WARNNG!!!! We did have an encounter with a baby rattler at the top. Our dog was bitten but thank god we were able to get her down to to a vet. Also lots of ticks.... I think both of these issue were related to the time of year. Had the snake been older it would have had a rattle and given us some warning.