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

20 days ago

Great hike, good workout. I recommend take lots of water and be wary of the heat in the summer. Can be 10-20 degrees cooler at the top with a breeze, however. Take it slow and nature will really start to expose herself. Very enjoyable. Maybe even stop and talk to horseback riders. They have done a lot to maintain the integrity and expand these trails.

the person before is completely right. great trail. I did the complete ride with a rzr. I was too scared of the return hill at the stair steps. figured down was safer than up, so did stair steps instead of turning around. I was alone. (not recommended At all.)

2 months ago

Good moderate level hiking

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.

4 months ago

Located next to Santa Margarita Lake. It costs $10.00 to get to the trailhead (this is the day fee for entering the park). It is one of many trails.

The hike has great views of the lake, especially at the Eagle’s View. Right before you get to the Eagle’s View, the trail opens up into a lovely meadow. Beforehand, the trail is shaded.

4 months ago

Great hike, pretty views.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

First time there, it was a Beautiful hike, with great views and solid trails..

Want to explore more of that area..

on Rinconada Trail

7 months ago

Love this trail! Good for dogs and horses, sweeping views, variety of vegetation, and a nice mix of incline and flat terrain.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Gorgeous. Go as early as you can.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hiked it as the sun was going down and was met with a beautiful view of the lake from Eagle Point view.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Nice hike, especially when there's water in the lake.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

vandalized badly

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We hiked this in January and loved it. I thought it was a pretty easy trail and we seemed to be the only ones out there. It's $10 to get into where the trailhead is.

Saturday, November 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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Loved this hike! Just started getting back into hiking as a hobby. The loop took me 2.5 hours. I started at 9:30am and was done by 12pm. Perfect morning hike! I took my time too stopping pretty frequently to take pictures of the scenery and for water breaks. You could totally complete the entire loop in way less time. Plenty other area to explore off this hike too. Next time I'll check out Little or Big Falls. Can't wait! I went on a Monday morning and had the trail all to myself. Beautiful day too. I'd recommend taking a light jacket for when you get higher on the trail. Temperature dropped a bit and wind picked up. Great hike!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Okay I have to admit, after hiking in the eastern Sierras for the past ten years, I thought there were few trails along the Central Coast that could kick my butt. I found one. This is a great trail to get the heart pumping, enjoying the landscape, see wildflowers and enjoy the Santa Lucia Wilderness.

Sunday, March 06, 2016


off road driving
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

by far the most challenging trail in our area. very well mantained. if you come in from the top of the back side of the stair steps it is a decently long trail. if you start at los chichis, you better have a fully built rig, you wont make it up the stair steps. the trail on this map is incorrect, that is actually los chichis trail. definitely dont go alone. bring a lunch and plenty of water. we took the trail all the way to the stair steps staging area and turned around. the last decent before reaching the top of the stair steps can be very difficult. i attached a link to my youtube video of our trip

Friday, August 28, 2015

This is an excellent trail, but it's currently CLOSED to public entry due to the Cuesta Fire. It doesn't appear that the trail itself has burned, but the Closure Order is in effect through October 1, 2015. Assuming another fire doesn't start between now and then, the closure will probably be lifted at that time, as the Cuesta Fire is currently 90% contained and well to the west of the trail. See Closure Order below:

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Beautiful trail! The route that is on the map is 4 miles, but it's easy to make it longer by heading toward the lookout tower (east) on the Forest Service road. The main trail is well marked, so no worries about getting lost.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Excellent views! It's pretty steep with it's 1664ft elevation gain in 3.29m - but otherwise not difficult. No obstacles or problems. This is nice in winter, will be very hot in summer. It was a beautiful day today after strong rains the past few days, so there was mud, but totally manageable. The above distance does not include going to the mine or waterfalls. Which I stayed away from only because there were guys shooting... and I don't trust folks with guns. At the trailhead there is water for horses and the parking area is large, level and shady and will accomodate horse trailers.

I didn't see anybody on the trail today and saw no fresh footprints either. But there were people at the mine and in the parking lot.

Monday, April 09, 2012

This is a beautiful trail in a lightly-used corner of the Los Padres National Forest. Easy access from a paved road makes it relatively popular. Best time of year to go is in the early spring, when the grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A beautiful trail but the steepness is underexaggerated. Trails can get confusing due to lack of adequate signage. The old mine is interesting and the views are spectacular. Have not seen the falls yet but will return and update review afterward.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

This is a cool trail either way you do it. You can do it in 1.5 miles or less if you go to the right of the parking lot. You can explore around the mine, I do not suggest going in unless you know what you are doing of course. Hot in the summer time, but rewarded with the mine and the cool old building on the bluff. You can explore all around and great views.

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