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

Nice view

off road driving
6 months ago

Some beautiful scenery on this trail. It’s an out and back only trail for OHV/ATV/4WD. At the 3.5 miles a gate blocks all traffic but hiking and horseback riding.

The trail is red clay and stone and has several deeply rutted and narrow climbs on large smooth rock and slick surfaces. Some of these are on sheer ledges with a sizable drop so without proper control of wheel spin one could quickly get into an unrecoverable, bailout situation and lose their vehicle.

I wouldn’t recommend this trail for SUVs without a lockable 4WD and 6 inches of clearance, MINIMUM. Also, expect some scrapes and scratches from bushes, etc because this trail is very narrow in many places!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, somewhat challenging to navigate

There was no where to park near either trail head. there is a parking lot across from the airport about halway dow the trail. there is a little shade but nothing to look at.

off road driving
11 months ago

Like stated before. I would not consider this trail as easy. Some steep hills that would be better for Modified vehicles with at least 33 inch tires for traction. Do expect scratches from branches. As of 8/13/17 the gate was closed less then half way forcing us to turn right back. Still a pretty fun and mild trail.

off road driving
11 months ago

Definitely not an "easy" trail. Depending on what your driving it can be pretty difficult. 4x4 is a must and a lift preferred. the road is washed out with gravel, rocks and ruts. Some decent inclines and some narrow stretches. If you've got a good setup this should be fairly moderate. Overall a good time!

Monday, May 29, 2017

It is pet friendly and has a beautiful scenery.

walking
Friday, May 26, 2017

There are a ton of short trails in this area. I hike here a couple times a week and it is a great place to get away for a few hours. Very dog friendly! This review is more for Orcutt Hills

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

This is a nice little trail off the 166. there is a lot off oak trees and high grass until you get up higher. At the top there is a nice grassy area to relax before heading farther into the los Padres

off road driving
Monday, May 01, 2017

It's listed as easy. It isn't easy! In my Subaru Outback within a few minutes I got to risky to go by myself. I think my Outback could of made it but would of needed a person to guide me. So I quickly turned around. I advice have at least 12 inch ground clearance 4x4. If you have 2 wheel drive you better be skilled.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Great hike! Hiked over 5 miles and I loved it!!!

hiking
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Perfect hiking for beginners! Really enjoyed it!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Nice easy hike when you dont have a lot if time but want a good little workout and some great scenery...

hiking
Monday, November 02, 2015

Good exercise, no wild life.

on Rice Ranch Trail

hiking
Sunday, May 05, 2013

Great views, awesome trails for dogs.

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