Santa Rita Road is a 8.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Templeton, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
SLO bike club rides up to where the pavement becomes unpaved then we stop chat a while and go back to Vineyard Drive. This is when we go to the Merry Hill coffee shop for a break. Oh we ride about 25 to 30 miles before adding this out and back, It's shady and comfortable on those hot summer mornings.
What a surprise! Jumped off at the suggested trailhead, which provided plenty of parking! The first mile is a suburban paved walkway and unimproved shoulder walking. After crossing a short bridge, with no bike/walking lane :-( , the area turns into a beautiful mossy oak-lined rural road. Loved the hike, but it is simply a lightly trafficked road versus a traditional trail. There are areas where there is little to no shoulder access when cars approach. Would be ideal for cycling.
good trail lite trafic lots of deer
lovely walk on a quiet country road. We completed the first 4 miles, and will be back for more. still green and lush walking the road along the creek.
This is a great little North County gem. Repair to serene, rolling hills while enjoying a moderate '2nd ring' climb up the mostly shaded Santa Rita Rd canyon. This track describes the eastern half of Santa Rita Rd., accessed in the vicinity of Hwy 101 and Vineyard Dr. The summit is reached approximately 9 miles from Vineyard Dr., and from there you may turn around for the long coast back, or continue westbound, downhill to Old Creek Rd and Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos and the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous parking opportunities in the areas surrounding Santa Rita Rd and Vineyard Dr. We chose to utilize the park and ride near Trader Joes, but that was on a weekend. It may be unavailable during the week.