Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Arroyo Grande with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

really peaceful and great feeling of nature just outside the city

I put 3 because I can’t exactly rate a trail I couldn’t even find. Do not follow directions from this app. It takes you to a youth camp. My Husband and I drove back and forth for nearly an hour trying to find any sign of a trail and there was nothing but private properties and the youth camp. We ended up going to Lopez Lake where we finally found the trail but it was also difficult to find there. We followed the camp map and ended up at a closed off road when we should have been able to keep going (according to camp map). So I’m assuming maybe it’s closed? We settled for a trail that didn’t seem nearly as fun as this one would have been.

on Trout Creek Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Trail was very overgrown with poison oak. Make sure to wear long sleeves and pants. Brought the dogs. Creek was flowing. Only went to the intersection of buckeye trail.

walking
7 months ago

Great easy trail, lots of birds and nature, and poison oak so stick to the clean trail.

This trail loop is accessed along James Way - a main thoroughfare to the Trader Joes's, Walmart, OSH & Food 4 Less shopping complexes - offering a conveniently located quick exercise break (roughly a 20 min. loop under a lovely oak canopy) on the way to or from doing nearby errands! Often I'll bring my energetic Lab along so we can both enjoy a quick stroll during what might otherwise be a busy, non-exercising day. It's an especially nice trail on warm summer days where the shady oak trees provide a cool, easy and local hiking option. Lots of poison oak surrounds the oaks, so stay on the trail!

Clean well managed trail. Nice scenery, there were other trails that went uphill and fun to walk but we avoided a couple due to poison oak. Overall a very easy walk for any age and we will be back.

backpacking
8 months ago

I should have checked with the forest service and noted in the above description of winter closure, and yes, the road from the south entrance was closed approximately 4 miles from the trailhead.

off road driving
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Only giving it one star because it’s closed. Los Padres says it’s open but when we got there it was closed.

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lots and lots of flies up and back on the trail.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This trail or what used to be a trail is severely overgrown with poison oak and weeds. We actually went all the way and stayed one night. If you attempt this make sure you are fully covered with clothes. Trekking pole are a must as well.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great for kids, easy with good views

Monday, November 07, 2016

Awesome drive up hill. Very narrow trail when you're up on the hill. Nice view once up top. Had to turn back half way because I was running low on gas. Will need to go back to complete it

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

First time on this trail about 2 weeks ago. I have a 4Runner with 4WD, but ended up parking in the shade where the county maintained dirt road ended as it was very clear where the maintenance ended; and I didn't want to risk getting stuck way out there. It was about 1/2 of a mile to get to the trailhead (located on right hand side of the road). Trailhead not clearly marked- just a metal gate with a hikers entrance. Other hikers have posted pictures. No water in the creek and plenty of poison oak and foxtails. Pants would be a good idea on this trail. Overall, beautiful views and very peaceful amongst our California Oaks. Pretty isolated, so bring plenty of water and come prepared.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice Hike right in your backyard!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Short trail that can be easily accessed from roadside parking. Path thru oak trees is well cleared and easy to follow. Stay on path. Wouldn't recommend for dog walks due to amount of poison oak that is next to trail.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Simple trail. Very kid and dog friendly. Finished quickly.

on Clover Ridge Trail

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Short and easy with a little up hill. It was a dry in July, but still very beautiful and pleasant.

birding
Thursday, January 14, 2016

This is the trail when I want to get my kids out and on a little nature walk. It is easy on the kids and right in town I don't have to drive far for. Love it!

hiking
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trail is kid friendly I took a 3 & 5 year old. Lots of joggers. Not much of a view from the actual trail.

off road driving
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

very easy trail. well mantained. there is only one difficult section called the stair steps, but it has a bypass. very tight trail towards the end, so expect scratches. steep rocky hill climbs with loose dirt. did it easily in my samurai with 3" lift on 31s with open diffs. i included a link to my youtube video going down the stairsteps

hiking
Sunday, March 08, 2015

I recently did an overnighter to the camp. Poison oak was unavoidable in some spots. There weren't many ticks, but I had a few on me when I got to camp and when I got home. Wear long pants and take plenty if water if you're camping. The creek had small holes, but it wasn't flowing very well.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Agree on the vehicle. The hike was awesome but at the time we went in July the poison oak is abundant. Suggest long pants. It's on both sides of the trail. Don't go on a hot day. There was some water periodically in the creek but not running.

hiking
Thursday, June 27, 2013

This is an excellent creekside hike that leads into the Garcia Wilderness and visits a remote, seldom-used backcountry trail camp. You'll need a high-clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead, and finding the unsigned trailhead itself is somewhat challenging. If you can get past these challenges, the hike itself is a worthy reward. It's best to go in the spring when the weather is cool and the wildflowers are blooming.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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