ohv/off road driving
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
23 days ago

Trail had amazing views, truly incredible but the road was so rocky it’ll shake hour bolts loose so be aware of that. Safe travels!

This trail has amazing views on both sides, Los Padres on the right and the Carrizo Plain/Soda Lake on the left. The drive up to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle and was muddy & slippery. We were fortunate to be in a vehicle with 4WD. The trail remains largely the same for the first 5 miles and is not steep. As you approach the peak the terrain changes somewhat and there are several steep hills. There is a dilapidated WWII watch tower at the summit with expansive views. This trail is totally exposed and I do not recommend doing it in the summer given that the plain regularly reaches 100 degrees. I definitely recommend trying in the spring when the weather is cooler and the flowers are out. However, too much rain makes the many dirt roads impassable.

hiking
muddy
no shade
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, amazing views and pretty good wildflowers, I don’t suggest going if it has rained recently, the first 3ish miles are super muddy and hard to get through if it is wet at all.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Pretty easy, great views. Would be awesome for trail bikes. Muddy in first 1 mile. Watch out for sinkholes

mountain biking
no shade
11 months ago

8.3 miles of never ending climb. I've ridden it for 25 years. Not a lot of fun when it's hot. Good indicator of what kind of condition you're in.

ohv/off road driving
scramble
11 months ago

This is an easily drivable road, maybe a little washboard and a few occasional ruts, but possibly accessable by a 2wd car if you're brave. The only 4wd trail I accessed off of this as of 7/14/19 was called Madre (31W04) and was more difficult than the trail sign implied as it was washed out, narrow, and a few very steep spots. Was fun to do once but no reason to go back for how long it took to get to.

BEAUTIFUL....but never got outta truck....its a road. no trail head

hiking
no shade
Sat Apr 13 2019

Came for the flowers in the plains, stayed for this mountain hike. Lovely weather and tons of flowers up here too. Next person that plans to do this hike should bring up a new notebook to add to the summit register!!!!

hiking
no shade
Tue Apr 02 2019

Beautiful view and wonderful wild flowers, spring time is the best time of the year its a cool 40 to 60 degrees F. The seasonal flowers start to bloom rapidly along the hillsides. Bring water, no water source along the ridge trail other than water puddles. Some or little snows on the shady area up on top.

on Painted Rock Trail

Mon Mar 25 2019

It's closed til July 16, 2019 due to bird nesting.

The flowers are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!! Talk about a superbloom

hiking
no shade
Sat Feb 23 2019

02/23/19: Need access permit from Visitor center outside for gate access. Nice flat trail with meadows views although the vandalism has covered the actual old paintings on rock. Cool views of rock 360 degrees and would be worthwhile a guided tour

This is a OHV road, not really a trail. Great sport to car camp, lots of spots all the way up the mountain. Group spots from one to 20 people. Views are nice as well, very lightly trafficked.

Nice views, totally open, first 1.4 is single track uphill then the rest is a fire road back to the campground.

hiking
Sat Oct 20 2018

Carrizo Plain National Monument (Selby Campground Loop Trail) reviews made here were not that useful in completing my hike yesterday. I carried enough water for the 4.6 mile trek. Insects were not a problem like they were in summer. I started out early AM from the parking area, it was cool but not too bad. Biggest problem was the gun fire, which I quickly learned the hills around me were filled with quail hunters. Not great. In some spots on this trail, there were great views of the valley and dry lake bed. The first mile and a half was all uphill on trail, then at the crest the trail became a road all the way around to the parking area. Not what I am used to. A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

This was my first ever backpacking trip. Although backpacking way out of my league I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful trail. Taking the Santa Cruz trail just off a service road from Upper Oso Campground you follow a stunning shaded river bed through the canyon. After that the trail gets pretty scary, 90% of the trail you hike right on the edge of the mountain, zig-zagging on soft dirt (one wrong step leads to potential 800 ft fall). The trail was washed out in places, making for an even more adrenaline rushed hike. Incredibly stunning views, just make sure you’re up to the task!

Avoid going midday or during a hot day since the trail is very exposed, you will find very little shade. Dominant vegetation on trail: Upperstory: -CA Junipers -Scrub Oak Midstory: -Golden bush -CA buckwheat Understory: -Dried out grasses and members of the Boraginaceae

4-21-18, Another CaCoHP for San Luis Obispo County, at 5,106 feet. Great spring day with flowers, but nowhere near as many in a super Bloom that can happen in the Carrizo Plain. After driving the narrow dirt road up from near Selby campground, I parked at the trailhead. I biked in about 5 miles and stashed the bike and hiked the rest of the way. Great views along the ridge of Carrizo, Soda lake, the San Andreas fault, all lead to a very interesting trip. Summitting was easy, and return trip was just as enjoyable. I was the only one on the trail, granting for reflection of solitude.

Need to visit recreation.gov to get a required permit and access code. Closed 3/1-7/15 for nesting bird season and only access at that time is by guided tour.

hiking
Tue Feb 20 2018

Pretty quite worth the drive and time just don’t think I would ever go back.

Santa Barbara's highest point is also one of the hardest to reach. This is one way of reaching this peak. Besides hiking, others have done it with mountain biking,

vandalized badly

hiking
Sat Nov 12 2016

Good place for solitude if you do the self-tour in the offseason. Very quiet. Pictographs and geology are interesting. I've gone twice, a year apart. The pictographs seem to be fading fast. Seem less visible even a year later. One would be wise to go see them before they are gone forever. An easy walk and well marked, wide trail. Chance to see antelope and elk on the drive in. Also, lots of tarantulas at the right time of year. This is an important, even sacred, place to many people... tread lightly and be respectful.

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