Bowden Ranch Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,135' 346 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 1,533' 467 m
Low: 397' 121 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“An immaculate singletrack climbing from the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead to the top of High School Hill.”— Chris Fa
After a steep climb, you'll emerge from the densely wooded riverbed into more sparsely wooded terrain. From here the trail is a remarkably even, moderate grade (500ft/mile) with lots of switchbacks. It is mostly buffed out with some rocky sections. The trail tops out at a peak with a concrete slab and steel watchtower with amazing views of SLO. Reverse direction for a smooth downhill or continue left and downhill for 150m to the three-way intersection with High School Hill Trail and Reservoir Canyon Trail.
This trail is an absolute joy to hike and usage is remarkably light. I like to combine it with High School Hill Trail and Reservoir Canyon Trail for a 7 mile loop with 2500ft elevation gain.
Land Manager: City of San Luis Obispo