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Juan Bautista de Anza Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Atascadero, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Wildlife

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This trail, directly across the railroad tracks from the Jim Green Trail, wanders down in and around the Salinas riverbed. It is mostly all soft to medium packed sand and dirt. Offering plenty of switchbacks and mini-loops to accommodate any length desired. Good for horseback riding an dogs too.

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Christopher Blevins
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Nancy zalzalah
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Hiking

Just ok! fairly easy trail ,overgrown not maintained, dried up river bed,pretty sandy

Eric Willis
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Hiking

Nice easy walk. I second the gripes that the trail is hard to follow, though it seems irrelevant since it’s a dry riverbed that kind of meanders wherever you want it to. Quite a few sandy parts so walking is tough. Also evidence of motor activity (dirt bikes etc.). Would hate to be on the trail if someone cane tearing around the corner on an ATV.

Allison Phelps
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Running

This is likely an interesting and pleasant walk for some, but the trail was so sandy that it was just a pain to run. The trail was also a bit confusing.

Teresa Rhyne
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Definitely not good for our dogs- one of whom flat out refused to walk in the soft riverbed soil. Also, not a trash can to be found which made disposing of “doggie waste” not an option. We were looking for dog friendly and this wasn’t it. The only other dogs we saw were off leash and while they were well behaved, it did make me wonder if “off leash” was the norm there, which can just be inviting trouble unfortunately.

Darice Slusser
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Walking

Nice to go on a crisp cool weather day. Morning or late afternoon would be perfect. Trail is fairly easy to walk and level in most areas. There are a couple of interesting sights to see along the way. Otherwise, I would say it was more of a relaxing stroll on a open air trail.

Shelly Baxter
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Walking

It's ok... not real exciting.

Jenny Skinner
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Hiking

This trail was very confusing, if you're doing for the first time, as far as knowing which way to go and when to turn back because the riverbed is riddled with dirt bike trails and horse trails that criss cross all over the place. There are two trail heads - one on Cortez (park and cross the rail road tracks) and one on Aragon. The Atascadero Trail Guide shows and distinct loop, but the path on all trails is more of a backtrack. The first time we tried this we started at the Cortez trailhead and veered right at pretty much each junction, trying to follow the path on All Trails, until it finally dead ended and we had to turn back. This way was really kind if neat as it passes by a neat abandoned and rusted out 50's era car, and then takes you to some fresh water pools which at this time has ducks, small fish, and tadpoles. The trail continues even further, but you would have to cross water, so it may be more for horses at that point. If you want to do the 1.7 mile loop as shown on the Atascadero trail guide then follow our second track, being sure to turn at the waypoint- it's only after you make the turn that you'll see the trail marker. The trail starts and finishes with more shaded, wooded areas, but the majority of it is fairly exposed. In the warmer months is probably best as a morning/evening walk.

Sam@ NationalParksTrails
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Mike Tuttle
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Elissa Zavora
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Susan Meszaros-Barodte
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Allyson Buerger
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Lisa Setting Hawes
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Gil Hart
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Jenny Skinner
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Justin Armstrong
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Joanie Williams
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