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.
Pretty new to hiking, this was a fun trail. Moderately busy with a narrow path makes for tough passing. Going in spring is probably ideal. At 75° it was pretty humid. Encountered the endangered horned lizard. Please leave alone and in habitat since endangered; definitely a sight to see!
DON'T FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE APP TO THE TRAILHEAD! The app will take you to the top of the trail off of Camino Cielo. Follow the directions to Camp Whittier and the proceed to circle V camp.
I don't know if it was the time of day or the time of year I took this hike, but it was shaded in most of the way up (and down). Was a good uphill climb to the top of the mountain saddle where I could see both Lake Cachuma as well as the ocean. This was a well traveled path with a few areas of rocky terrain. Definitely worth the trip!
nice casual hike with some hill work here and there. and if there had been an healthy rain season this year, the view of the lake and what would have been creeks would have made for some rich and fantastic views. however, presently the water level of the lake is depressingly low, and potential creeks are totally dry. let's hope for a solid measure of rain this winter.
Tequepis Trail is a wonderful hike located off the 154 - coming from the North turn right at the break-off road to "Camp Whittier" just after the Cachuma Lake entrance and keep left at the fork (the right fork will lead you to Camp Whittier.) Head all the way down to Circle V where you'll find a spot on the right to park your car. Walk through the Circle V camp to find the trailhead. At 9mi total and a 3000ft elevation gain the hike is grueling, but the ascent is steady (there aren't any suddenly steep parts) and about half of the stretch has oak tree shade cover. The scenery is amazing - probably the best view of Cachuma Lake you could ask for and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean at the top. Watch out for snakes, I came across two during my trek.
This trail is the reason I MTB. I never thought coming from Denver I would fall in love with a California mountain like I have with Tequepis. It is my favorite trail of all time. The solitude is refreshing. As a DH rider, I don't mind putting in 2 full hours of pushing the bike up to the top for the absolute bliss this trail is on the way down (even though, if you truly decide to crush the DH, you will be done and back at your car in less than 20 minutes). The scenery is unparalleled, but I'd make sure to take a good look on the way up, because you're going to want to really pay attention on the way down. The skinny singletrack can get quite rocky in some points and opposite the mountain you just have a long fall, but it is absolutely worth it. This is probably a moderate trail, but if you really push it, it can become an advanced trail, just because of the risks you take. Once done with the switchbacks of the mountain you end up at the base and flying down a rocky, sandy, muddy road with a few good, big jumps. This trail will leave a huge smile on your face and leave you wanting more. (As I mentioned above, the singletrack is pretty skinny and sketchy, so make sure to bring a bell to alert anyone on the trail when you're coming down)