This is my "go to" trail whenever I want a nice workout close to home where my dogs can tag along. The views are amazing and the spur choices off the Ridge trail are a shady option on warm days. Best time to go when you'll not likely see a soul is weekday mornings. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen & wear long pants if you take the spurs (lots of poison oak!) A great short loop is Turkey Ridge trail.

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The trail is definitely a moderately challenging trail. More challenging than I think "easy" suggests. There is no shade after the intersection with Black Berry trail.... So sunscreen up ! The next shade is nearly to the end of the trail. The last mile or so of my route was on the roadway, as opposed to being actual trail. All in all I enjoyed this hike. The views at the top are very nice. Do beware ticks ! I have done this trail twice and have seen ticks both times.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was overgrown, ticks everywhere, and not that great. I got lost and couldn't even find my way to the trail for 20 minutes. Part of it was pretty. But I wouldn't say this is the best trail for Kids or animals.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with excellent views. Lots of elevation relief, we took the turkey trail up to high ridge, lots of poison oak on that spur so be careful. I would not recommend small children or small dogs, total loop we took was 5.2 miles

We started at the parking area at Lopez lake and took the Turkey Ridge Trail which meets up with the High Ridge trail. This added a little mileage, and was a nice shady start to the hike. Lots of fossils of shells, and great view.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great for kids, easy with good views

Sunday, December 04, 2016

There is no Routzhan Park, it was drowned by Lopez Reservoir 50 years ago. The correct park name would be Lopez Lake Park.

hiking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Fun trail!! I don't recommend going after it rained without proper shoes but I was really fun!!!!

I drove to the trailhead and it's private property now.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Simple trail. Very kid and dog friendly. Finished quickly.

walking
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Little difficult to find the trailhead. It's marked with a rusted steel gate. Some good hill climbs, with a nice breeze.

We did the whole Duna Vista loop. took us about 5 hours with short breaks here and there. seems longer than 7 miles on foot. We started from the the end of high mountain rd in lopez. Great way to burn some calories for the day.

hiking
Saturday, April 05, 2014

great views! tried to take my 4 year old daughter along. was pretty tough for her. boy was she a soldier. horse camp at the end. great trail!

mountain biking
Monday, November 18, 2013

Great ride with Steep sections towards the top. The ride is singletrack the whole way with wonderful views. Make due to check out the net spur off the top after/before checking out the Duna Vista.

Nice trails. You have to pay to get into Lopez lake. Was told there was another way to access the trails on the backside but wasn't sure what road to take. Lots of spurs and trails that connect so pay attention to the signs.

hiking
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Took a partial hike of the Dune Vista loop. The weather was wonderful and trail was quiet and empty except for the two deer we came across. Great day and a great trail.

on Cougar Trail Loop

hiking
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Great trail, path runs along Lopez Lake, nice breezy from the ocean keeps you nice and cool. some of the path isn't very big. Dog friendly took us about 45 mins to finish.

hiking
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Went during Thanksgiving Break 2011 with whole family. Was a difficult hike for the smaller children with numerous elevation changes. But had fantastic views of the lake below. In the limestone on the trail there are numerous fossils and many fantastic rocks for the budding geologist. Many trails in the area and a fantastic display of wildlife.

From Lopez Lake, drive on Hi-Mountain Road until you turn left of Upper Lopez Road. Take this road until you get to the Boy Scout Camp on the left side of the road and walk through this property, following the Duna Vista signs. It's a rolling hike with some good steep areas. Mountain bikers also use this road and come flying down some of the hills. The top of Duna Vista will give a bench to sit on while viewing Lopez Lake, the dunes at Oceano and the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful. Great workout for sure. Bring lots of water, especially on a warm day.

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