Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Caliente Mountain Ridge Trail is a 16.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Margarita, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.9 miles
2,437 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

road biking

trail running




wild flowers

Generally double track route rolls easily along the top of the ridge with great views to either side. The ultimate destination is Caliente Mountain which was the site of a WWII airplane watch hut, now fallen. Soda Lake shimmers to the north and the Cuyama Valley lies to the south for impressive views the whole way.

3 months ago

4-21-18, Another CaCoHP for San Luis Obispo County, at 5,106 feet. Great spring day with flowers, but nowhere near as many in a super Bloom that can happen in the Carrizo Plain. After driving the narrow dirt road up from near Selby campground, I parked at the trailhead. I biked in about 5 miles and stashed the bike and hiked the rest of the way. Great views along the ridge of Carrizo, Soda lake, the San Andreas fault, all lead to a very interesting trip. Summitting was easy, and return trip was just as enjoyable. I was the only one on the trail, granting for reflection of solitude.

3 months ago

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017