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.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

trail running
7 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

walking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

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.

walking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It's ok... not real exciting.

hiking
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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.

hiking
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

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hiking
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

hiking
Friday, May 09, 2014

mountain biking
Sunday, February 09, 2014

walking
Monday, March 12, 2012