Ontario Ridge Trail via Sycamore Springs

MODERATE 52 reviews

Ontario Ridge Trail via Sycamore Springs is a 4.1 mile out and back trail located near Avila Beach, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

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Amazing views the entire hike, multiple options to reach the point with different levels of difficulty.

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3 months ago

Love this hike. The climb from the 101 entrance is steep as heck.... used hands a few times. I counted 5-6 different hills to the top. Then took Sycamore Mineral springs back trail all the way down and across that lovely bridge and down to Bob Jones trail which is shady and serene and ends at Avila beach where my hubby picks me up. About 4.5 miles .... the initial climb is a good workout... approx 1 mile 545 ft up ... Sycamore trail is a gradual decline and so pretty and shady but not a lot of folks on that trail so as a woman all alone I am a little nervous (I love to watch forensic files too much) so I ran down. 2nd time doing this.... will definitely go again but with friends.

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8 months ago

This trail is doubly threatened. The Sycamore Springs management threatens to tow hikers who park in the parking lot. And a Texas billionaire couple, the McArtheys, have put up barbed wire fences to keep hikers out even though their deed has a public easement on it. When the Coastal Commission ordered them to take down the fences, they complied. But now they have set a meeting with the SLO Board of Sups to rescind the trail and build another next door. Public easements are irrevocable and pressure must be put on the Sups to prevent this.

9 months ago

Excellent views from Ontario Ridge, serene walk thru oak forest on the way to the ridge.

10 months ago