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

Templeton, California Map
private property
16 days ago

we showed up at 5pm on Sunday and couldn't get in. there were 3 gates closed to cars with no trespassing signs. does anyone know it's hours or if hikers are allowed even when cars are not?

27 days ago

So I am not sure why some of these comments are so negative unless they are residents of this rural area and just don’t want walkers and bikers along their acreage! We only walked about 3 miles in from the start: a dog park. This was a paved road and very nice peaceful place to walk. Saw vineyards, orchards, and lots of deer roaming. Do t know if this eventually find a “trail” or is just road the entire way but either way it is fine if you don’t mind walking asphalt. It was very well shaded by the way...

road biking
5 months ago

Outstanding ride...both paved & gravel-dirt mix in good shape. Rode on a Saturday midday - saw only 5 cars & 1 horse trailer. 2 hikers and half dozen other cyclists. Lots of cool ranchos to observe on first part of ride, then after pavement ends, trail narrows to one car width & is essentially a climb to the ridge summit. Lots of shade on the ride, was only 74 degrees so on hotter days the shade would really count. Tip - if you start in Templeton on a warm summer day, note that at the ridge good chance of running into cooler temps due to ocean marine layer. On this ride sunny & warm all the way. Also, with the wet winter, the area is very green for this time of year & one can hear the creekwater running on a good portion of the ascent - Creek very close to road from the unpaved portion. Lots of wildflowers too - stunning views at the top. Only downside was quite a bit of typical spring pollen detritus - eyewear a must. I parked at the Dog Park - bike path on south side of Vineyard drive. Also observed several cut outs on the road where car could be staged.

5 months ago

This is not a hiking trail its a road and I happen to live 3 miles past where it turns to dirt as do at least 100 other people. Please be aware we have to drive this road everyday and deal with bicycles riding two wide around dangerous blind corners, people walking with their dogs offleash and baby strollers in the middle of the road. This is a pretty dangerous road so please be aware of that if you choose to use it as a "Trail" you need to be aware of high traffic , black bear and the occasional mountain lion. And please be respectful to people who have to drive this road to get to their homes or town.

6 months ago

This isn’t a trail - it’s a road. I’d recommend it for biking, but not hiking - it’s more of a neighborhood stroll kind of feel, at least for the first 3 miles.

I don't think you can consider this a trail, it's a road, passes homes and three cars drove by me. So I turned around

Parked c 1/4 up from junction w Santa Rosa creek road, hiked c 2.7 miles in from the south to a creek crossing, then back out. In a wet March it was stunning - wildflowers, views, quiet canyons. It’s a straightforward hike up to the ridge and down as far as you want to go. I imagine it would be brutal in the summer.

A great drive through a very picturesque countryside with rolling hills and beautiful trees. would definitely like to ride the trail on a Cyclocross or gravel bike.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

It was a nice easy drive that cars could easily do with out bottoming out. Private property surrounded it and didnt see the campgrounds.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Absolutely beautiful place to take a nice long walk! Once the pavement ends there are very few passing vehicles. The tree canopy keep most of the road shaded and there's a beautiful little creek to check out right off the road. My husband and I really found this to be a very pleasant walk.

off road driving
Saturday, June 23, 2018

The road was fun to drive on and there was a small creek to hang out at. The trail is surrounded by private property, so you can't really deviate from the main road or explore at all. You can drive this road in any passenger car, for even a stock truck this will just feel like a road with some dirt on it. Still had a good time, just was hoping for some more bouncing around or rocks to drive over.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Subtle and easy fire road with beautiful tree cover with an amazing view at the summit. Great if you need a quick cardio MB trail.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

We hiked 10.3 miles of the 15 mile route east to west and loved every minute of it. The ascent is easier in this direction. The tree canopy covering the road is memorable and keeps it cooler during warm spells. Very beautiful.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

This is no trail. This is a road. It has plenty of traffic, and young teens who like 2 smoke marijuana and drive fast. Be warned. please don't come here

off road driving
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The trail was good, rated as easy, but still enough to give your tires and shocks a workout. Road is some what paved to a point but plenty of dirt road to get your ride dirty. Some scenic spots to stop and take pictures. As of this review there is construction happening deep into the trail but there is a detour given however the trail is not a "thru road". The trail will end in a split one going to paso and the other to cambria beach, my advice go during the day possibly on the weekend.

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great drive. There was a picnic area off to the side and a camping area.

great drive. ..lots of wild flowers

Single lane most of the time with blind corners so be careful. Beautiful views and well worth the trip.

road biking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

SLO bike club rides up to where the pavement becomes unpaved then we stop chat a while and go back to Vineyard Drive. This is when we go to the Merry Hill coffee shop for a break. Oh we ride about 25 to 30 miles before adding this out and back, It's shady and comfortable on those hot summer mornings.

Monday, October 24, 2016

What a surprise! Jumped off at the suggested trailhead, which provided plenty of parking! The first mile is a suburban paved walkway and unimproved shoulder walking. After crossing a short bridge, with no bike/walking lane :-( , the area turns into a beautiful mossy oak-lined rural road. Loved the hike, but it is simply a lightly trafficked road versus a traditional trail. There are areas where there is little to no shoulder access when cars approach. Would be ideal for cycling.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

good trail lite trafic lots of deer

Monday, April 25, 2016

lovely walk on a quiet country road. We completed the first 4 miles, and will be back for more. still green and lush walking the road along the creek.

mountain biking
Monday, April 29, 2013

This is a great little North County gem. Repair to serene, rolling hills while enjoying a moderate '2nd ring' climb up the mostly shaded Santa Rita Rd canyon. This track describes the eastern half of Santa Rita Rd., accessed in the vicinity of Hwy 101 and Vineyard Dr. The summit is reached approximately 9 miles from Vineyard Dr., and from there you may turn around for the long coast back, or continue westbound, downhill to Old Creek Rd and Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos and the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous parking opportunities in the areas surrounding Santa Rita Rd and Vineyard Dr. We chose to utilize the park and ride near Trader Joes, but that was on a weekend. It may be unavailable during the week.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The trails are FUN! Tina and I love it. I go skiing at there every winter. We sometimes ant off to the double black diamonds.

off road driving
7 months ago

Saturday, October 13, 2018

on Santa Rita Road

off road driving
Tuesday, August 07, 2018

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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