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Rinconada Trail (14E30)

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

A steep climb onto a ridge that serves as a connector for various trails in the Santa Lucia Wilderness.


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1.8

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

2,367' 721 m

High

1,754' 535 m

Low

612' 187 m

Up

284' 87 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Need to Know

Parking is free at the trailhead.
No potable water most of the year, bring your own.
Very hot during the summer.

Description

From the town of Santa Margarita take Pozo Road towards Santa Margarita Lake for about 10 miles. The trailhead will be on the right and is well marked.

From the trailhead, take the trail on the left. The first section is well-traversed, steep singletrack in a relatively shaded/wooded area. After .75 miles, the trail widens to doubletrack and climbs out of the foliage. After another .75 miles, you'll pass through a gate and arrive at the top of a ridge and a 4-way intersection. This is a good turnaround point if this is the only trail on the agenda.

Continuing on, a small detour to the right and up a ridge will take you to the local high point; otherwise, continue straight and downhill on a very rocky doubletrack trail. You'll pass a well on your left, and the trail terminates on a fire road at the 2-mile mark.

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Shared By:

Chris Fa with improvements by Avid Hiker

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#3,229

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Rinconada trail meadow near the summit
Nov 28, 2019 near San Lui…, CA
Trailhead, left side of the parking area
Nov 28, 2019 near San Lui…, CA
Near the meadow
Nov 28, 2019 near San Lui…, CA
above the trees
Nov 28, 2019 near San Lui…, CA

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