Horse Bridge

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Horse Bridge is a 6.1 mile loop trail located near Greenfield, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

Ventana Wilderness canyon and gorge, swimming hole. Head out on the gated road, along the Arroyo Seco gorge. The dirt road twists and winds along the eastern edge of the gorge, and provides some great views of the creek below. At about 1.75 miles, the trail forks, left heads uphill, and right heads downhill. Take the right fork, and stay next to the gorge. After 2.3 miles, there is a sign for Horse Bridge, and large shoulder on the dirt road. A trail leads down to the bridge and the creek. The beach and water is perfect for wading on hot days. Heading back up the way you came, this time take the left fork. This leads uphill, then back downhill on the dirt road to the Santa Lucia Ranger Station. At this point, take the trail as it veers uphill, and off to the left. Keep heading uphill, and the trail will climb over the hill to the left, and back down. This leads into a flat valley with oaks and grasses, and stay to the left at the bottom of the valley. This leads back around to the lakes and parking.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Great views of the river and valley. Hard to follow the trail on the way down though.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great spot to go enjoy the river in the summer. The water can get deep enough to jump off the rocks after a good rainy season. I’ve never done the whole loop, but based on the difficulty of the trek to the spur down to the river we like to take, about 2 miles from the day use parking, I’m sure it’s hot and miserable. It is also a fire road, so if I were going to do this loop without going down to the gorge, I might choose the Santa Lucia Trail instead.

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