Three Bridges Oak Preserve Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews

Three Bridges Oak Preserve Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Atascadero, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike! Great for everyday exercise :)

18 days ago

Nice views, no to bad of an incline

trail running
1 month ago

This trail is seasonal because you have to cross the creek. Be sure to double check their website to verify before you go. It is a very well-maintained trail dotted with charming bridges. The trail is mostly uphill with switchbacks. There is a gate near the top that expressly prohibits mountain bikes from reaching the summit. The summit affords a nice view of Atascadero.

The parking lot is difficult to find. There is another entrance that people are not encouraged to use. It is directly off of highway 41 just outside of Atascadero. Parking there requires that you cross the highway. At this entrance you will not hike the entire trail. I recommend starting at the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Very scenic. Parking is hard to locate though and not very many spots.

trail running
3 months ago

this is a beautiful and well maintained trail. plenty of gain for training purposes. excellent views too!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail so well maintained. Finding the trail head is challenging. Take San Gabriel off Morro Road and follow trail signs.

3 months ago

Wow great hike. Very hard to find the trail head. Be sure you go off Carmelita avenue and not Morro Bay road. If you are off Morro Bay road there is a road before a bridge and if you have 4 wheel drive you can get to the trail. There is a parking lot and you will know you made it

Not moderately hiked. I saw one family, one lady with a dog, one group with two dogs, a mom and child, two teenagers and an old man about every 20 minutes. You can hear the highway through the trail.

4 months ago

Great for a dog walk

4 months ago

hurt my foot .

hiking
4 months ago

If you want to get out and do a hike but don’t have a lot of time, this is the one for you. It is well traveled which is nice if you are alone, but not so nice if you prefer having a quiet hike. There are a lot of dogs and plenty of big groups. There were also multiple families with small children. Overall, it is a fairly easy hike with pretty views of Atascadero and surrounding mountains.

4 months ago

A beautiful little Trail that was built with a lot of Loving Care! The inclines and switchbacks were very nicely done. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a lot of great Trail markers for vegetation and Wildlife.

4 months ago

Had. a good hike. lot of people.

4 months ago

The length and terrain and views of this trail are all great! The only drawback is that the path is slanted, I suppose for erosion prevention, but for long stretches, is slants to the side. My ankles and knees didn't like that. I don't normally have issues.

4 months ago

Great views all around! Our dogs enjoyed it too.

hiking
4 months ago

A little trouble finding the trail head, thank God for my son. Beautifully managed paths. Dusty, but well worth it. I recommend it

hiking
4 months ago

Nice wide and clean trails. Good for kids and dos!

4 months ago

Wonderful trail with great views.

4 months ago

Trailhead is off of San Gabriel Rd. Not the 41. Follow San Gabriel west off the 41, and there will be signs for the preserve that will lead you to the trailhead.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views. Loved the informative placards along the way with on the trees, plants, and animals in the area...will definitely hike again!

hiking
6 months ago

Fairly easy hike with kids, views at the top were beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Although it's only 3.8 miles total, this beautiful hike covers the entire trail system in the new Three Bridges Oak Preserve. All trails are wide and well-graded, so the 700' of elevation gain is easier than you might expect. Junctions are clearly marked and there's no chance of getting lost. The Madrone Trail (open to hikers only) ends at a nice view point on the side of a hill. There is a crossing of Atascadero Creek near the beginning of the trail, but it was dry when we visited. Most of the trail is shaded and it's suitable for year-round use. You'll want to get an early start during the hot summer months.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty fun and easy hike but finding it was tough! Where it is on Apple maps takes you too far to a parking lot with no start point! The trailhead is close to this address : 9930 Carmelita, Atascadero, 93422! If you park in the lot then the trailhead is super easy to find! 3.5 miles total from that starting point! Have fun!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice clean trail for a decent workout.

hiking
7 months ago

this is a beautiful hike right in Atascadero. We took our 3 kids (5,9,10) all the way to the top lookout with no problem. The winding paths are easy to navigate. My kids really enjoyed all the informative posts placed sporadically along the trail. I will be recommending this one to everyone around looking for a scenic hike.

hiking
8 months ago

A really nice trail. If you're into raw wilderness then this trail is not for you. It is easy to moderate with a wide, well maintained trail with few rocks. It basically goes up and back but with beautiful lichen drenched-oaks and chaparral along the way. A lot of shade and signs along the way describing various flora and fauna. I'm not really a science guy but it was informative and the signs were not too distracting. Overall a nice workout and a beautiful trail. It took about 45 minutes each way. Don't use the AllTrail website to get there however. The trail head was a little hard to find.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent condition

trail running
8 months ago

Terrific new trail! Nice 90 minute round trip. Wide paths well groomed.

9 months ago

Great trail. This is a pretty easy hike, but beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice trail. Beautiful and well maintained. Lots of interesting info along the way on native plants. I had some initial confusion on how to get to the parking area at trailhead but figured it out. Quite a lot of people. Thanks for the beautiful space ALPS!!

10 months ago

Great hike, nice views, we would love to go again with the dogs.

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