1 month ago

Great hike, good workout. I recommend take lots of water and be wary of the heat in the summer. Can be 10-20 degrees cooler at the top with a breeze, however. Take it slow and nature will really start to expose herself. Very enjoyable. Maybe even stop and talk to horseback riders. They have done a lot to maintain the integrity and expand these trails.

3 months ago

Good moderate level hiking

We intended to go to Kuhs and accidentally overshot it on to Chipik due to no directional arrows on the trail. For all those headed to Kuhs, when you see the mile marker a little over 3.5 miles in, take the small trail to the left. Full disclosure, I should have known that the small trail went to Kuhs, but I was distracted by my young children and wasn't thinking straight. On the plus side, after subjecting my 3.5 year old to a much more strenuous hike over ridges she had no business doing, where we ended up was much less crowded than Kuhs and was a lovely campground.

5 months ago

Located next to Santa Margarita Lake. It costs $10.00 to get to the trailhead (this is the day fee for entering the park). It is one of many trails.

The hike has great views of the lake, especially at the Eagle’s View. Right before you get to the Eagle’s View, the trail opens up into a lovely meadow. Beforehand, the trail is shaded.

5 months ago

Great hike, pretty views.

7 months ago

First time there, it was a Beautiful hike, with great views and solid trails..

Want to explore more of that area..

First backpacking trip to test out gear. nice toilet, tables, fire ring, and level spot. Fishing was slow and hike is boring compared to others. But good spot for winter camping. bring your own water.

We followed the route on here heading out to go backpacking. If you are headed to Kuhs camp add another .33 miles or 1.33 miles for Sapwi campground to the route, the trail on here ends before the fork leading to campgrounds. Nice flat trail, campgrounds were clean and we'll maintained with composting toilets, picinic tables, bear boxes and fire pit. If you are planning to camp you need to get an overnight permit on other side of lake at rangers station.

on Rinconada Trail

8 months ago

Love this trail! Good for dogs and horses, sweeping views, variety of vegetation, and a nice mix of incline and flat terrain.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blinn Ranch trail is an unimproved road. 1.5 miles from Sapwi Camp, it becomes single-track. I encountered minimal poison oak and none of it presented a barrier to the trail. Good signage along the way, except for where the trail splits between Khus and Sapwi camps.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Gorgeous. Go as early as you can.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hiked it as the sun was going down and was met with a beautiful view of the lake from Eagle Point view.

Very level trail for the most part. Gets better if you extend your hike further on.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nice hike, especially when there's water in the lake.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We hiked this in January and loved it. I thought it was a pretty easy trail and we seemed to be the only ones out there. It's $10 to get into where the trailhead is.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Loved this hike! Just started getting back into hiking as a hobby. The loop took me 2.5 hours. I started at 9:30am and was done by 12pm. Perfect morning hike! I took my time too stopping pretty frequently to take pictures of the scenery and for water breaks. You could totally complete the entire loop in way less time. Plenty other area to explore off this hike too. Next time I'll check out Little or Big Falls. Can't wait! I went on a Monday morning and had the trail all to myself. Beautiful day too. I'd recommend taking a light jacket for when you get higher on the trail. Temperature dropped a bit and wind picked up. Great hike!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Okay I have to admit, after hiking in the eastern Sierras for the past ten years, I thought there were few trails along the Central Coast that could kick my butt. I found one. This is a great trail to get the heart pumping, enjoying the landscape, see wildflowers and enjoy the Santa Lucia Wilderness.

Sunday, March 06, 2016


Friday, August 28, 2015

This is an excellent trail, but it's currently CLOSED to public entry due to the Cuesta Fire. It doesn't appear that the trail itself has burned, but the Closure Order is in effect through October 1, 2015. Assuming another fire doesn't start between now and then, the closure will probably be lifted at that time, as the Cuesta Fire is currently 90% contained and well to the west of the trail. See Closure Order below:

We hiked the Blinn Ranch Trail this past Sunday and found it to be beautiful and very peaceful. We were fortunate enough to see a small herd of Tule Elk and I managed to take a couple of photos.

This was a lovely hike for a spring day (in the summer it would likely be too hot!), and unfortunately the drought made for a all together missing lake.

As we were leaving a woman warned us to be mindful of the time when we came back, as mountain lions and bears were more active around dusk and were in the area. Something to keep in mind if you plan on camping out there.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Beautiful trail! The route that is on the map is 4 miles, but it's easy to make it longer by heading toward the lookout tower (east) on the Forest Service road. The main trail is well marked, so no worries about getting lost.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Excellent views! It's pretty steep with it's 1664ft elevation gain in 3.29m - but otherwise not difficult. No obstacles or problems. This is nice in winter, will be very hot in summer. It was a beautiful day today after strong rains the past few days, so there was mud, but totally manageable. The above distance does not include going to the mine or waterfalls. Which I stayed away from only because there were guys shooting... and I don't trust folks with guns. At the trailhead there is water for horses and the parking area is large, level and shady and will accomodate horse trailers.

I didn't see anybody on the trail today and saw no fresh footprints either. But there were people at the mine and in the parking lot.

Monday, April 09, 2012

This is a beautiful trail in a lightly-used corner of the Los Padres National Forest. Easy access from a paved road makes it relatively popular. Best time of year to go is in the early spring, when the grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A beautiful trail but the steepness is underexaggerated. Trails can get confusing due to lack of adequate signage. The old mine is interesting and the views are spectacular. Have not seen the falls yet but will return and update review afterward.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

This is a cool trail either way you do it. You can do it in 1.5 miles or less if you go to the right of the parking lot. You can explore around the mine, I do not suggest going in unless you know what you are doing of course. Hot in the summer time, but rewarded with the mine and the cool old building on the bluff. You can explore all around and great views.

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