Ontario Ridge Trail is a 2.1 mile point-to-point trail located near San Luis Obispo, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
This trail is doubly threatened. The Sycamore Springs management threatens to tow hikers who park in the parking lot. And a Texas billionaire couple, the McArtheys, have put up barbed wire fences to keep hikers out even though their deed has a public easement on it. When the Coastal Commission ordered them to take down the fences, they complied. But now they have set a meeting with the SLO Board of Sups to rescind the trail and build another next door. Public easements are irrevocable and pressure must be put on the Sups to prevent this.
Excellent views from Ontario Ridge, serene walk thru oak forest on the way to the ridge.
Loved the hike, but the downhill part to Avila was no good. I preferred starting from Shell Beach. Really beautiful.
A nice challenging hike, especially if you are starting from/ near Avila beach side.
-wear proper hiking shoes
- start hike early in the morning
There's a nice treat once you arrive at the top!
Some tough inclines, but it's a great work out and I love the views
Ontario Ridge Trail my #11 of 52 hikes for the #52hikechallenge #52hikechallenge2016. Alltrails.com lists this trail as a moderate hike. Even though it was relatively short at 4 miles, I would have to agree. There are some very steep, long, hard inclines at the beginning and at the half way point that make this a challenge and a great workout. I took my normal hiking gear, day pack, water, 10 essentials, etc. Pack today was only about 20/25 pounds.
Also known as Dino Mountain to some of us locals! Great hike, never fails to give me a great workout. It's a butt burner. Great views.