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

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

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.

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