Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This run combines the east and west sides of the open space. Hitting the high point on the east, some opportunity to see wildlife throughout. Views to Diablo Canyon on a good day, and over the city. Making the most of the space without repeating much at all.
From Orcutt Community Park head east up the hill, and across the grassy field to an asphalt road. Turn right and head up the hill. Look for the trail marker on the left and follow the dirt path here. Break right up into some pine trees for the highest point on the open space. Continue along the fence to the east until another trail marker indicates a hard left hand turn down the hill, staying just out of the oaks. At the next trail marker go right down a rocky path through the oak trees (beware of the trailside poison oak) for the Black Oak Loop
. Turn left at the trail marker and follow the Black Oak Loop
clockwise. Deer and other critters are down here often. Back up the rocky section and right at the trail marker for the western descent, skirting oaks and brush, before meeting up with the asphalt road again. At the road turn left, then right at the cattle guard, retrace your steps back to the park.
From Orcutt Community Park continue west down a service road, then a path to Orcutt Hill Road. Turn left. The west side trailhead is on the right. Once through the gate go right and follow a contour to a rise up through some oaks then to the clear north slope of the open space. continue on this path through a dip, and turn left on the far side and start climbing. After the steep section and into some eucalyptus trees go right, then left on a doubletrack and continue up up up. When a stand of oaks and eucs comes up on the right look for a well worn trail up the steep hill. Take this up and over some exposed roots and ruts until you top out at a clearing with views to the north and west, all the way to Diablo Canyon. Turn left, and stay left at the eucalyptus trees, and follow a narrow trail down around the south side of the hill into the oak trees. You'll emerge again at the steep hill you just went up, follow it back down to the doubletrack for more climbing. Continue up the doubletrack to a trail marker and make a hard left to go back north to the top of the west side and the bench. Take a rest and take in view over the city, the park and the east side trails you have already run. Down the moderately technical singletrack to the north through the ceanothus and sage brush. At some oaks and a ribbon of asphalt go left into the trees. This trail will flow down along the ridge through the brush. Look for a hard left that will join a doubletrack at some pine trees. Go right and follow this fast and straight down the hill. At the eucs go right for a steepish descent, then skirt along the low side of the euc trees. At the T turn right and climb the old asphalt flow up and up. Stay left at the trail marker and follow the Orcutt Hill Trail up through the brush and more euc trees. At a steep rocky asphalt section look left. Follow this technical steep descent down through a fast grassy field and past a lone oak. Go left at the bottom and you are back at the trailhead. Turn left and go straight up the steep hill. Again left at the trail marker, then left again through two bushes for a different quick descent past the lone oak and back to the trailhead. Retrace your path back to the park.