Sandberg Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Sandberg Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Hughes, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,181 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

historic site

The Sandberg Trail starts just past the ruins of the Sandberg Inn on historic Old Ridge Route. It is a well-maintained single track that climbs the ridge, offering nice views of Pyramid Lake, Quail Lake, the Tehachapi Mountains, and Sespe Wilderness. At the top of the ridge are a number of paths you can follow for different views. Beware that some of the trails at the top -- including this one -- are abandoned/faint, and require skills in GPS or map-and-compass navigation, though there are also easy-to-follow options. Either way, and Adventure Pass is required for parking.

hiking
bugs
off trail
12 days ago

Great hike. I actually went further than the map route indicates. Turned it off to save battery but made it to the summit of the Sandberg. Also took a detour off trail to investigate a spring seen on the topo map. It was dry in July but probably has water in the winter and spring. Someone plumbed water piping from the spring. Many wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. This is the area where the Atossa Unsilvered Fritillary Butterfly (presumed extinct) used to be found 100 years ago. Not surprisingly I didn’t find any but I did photograph some of its cousins the Callippe Fritillaries in the meadows near the summit. Many flies on this trail that either bite or try to get into your eyes. I doused my cap in eucalyptus oil and that helped but the flies will keep following you until you get near the summit. Overall a great hiking spot. Hiked this the morning of 4th of July and had the trail to myself. Based on tracks on the trail, both horse and mountain bikers use this trail.

2 months ago

Nice easy beginner's hike with a great view of the valley.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

The Sandberg Trail is a nice jaunt that goes up through a real chaparral community, not the invasive, flash fuel grasses you see so often elsewhere in Southern California. There are some really dramatic views en route. Great trail for something a little different, though not quite as nice as the PCT to Liebre Mountain. On this particular day, the trail was a bit muddy but passable, thanks to the recent winter storms. And it appears that someone had been riding a motorcycle on the single track sections, so please beware.

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