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Rock Garden Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (2)

A rocky singletrack trail running up the backside of Cerro San Luis from Lemon Grove Loop.


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1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

1,242' 378 m

High

497' 151 m

Low

745' 227 m

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12%

Avg Grade (7°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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This trail is partially on private property. The Madonna Inn generously allows the public to access this trail system so be respectful, stay on the trail, and leave no trace so access can be perpetuated.

Description

This trail lives up to its name...it is technical, rocky, and steep singletrack winding up the backside of CSL. The first part of the trail winds through seasonal streams and oak groves while the second half becomes more exposed and views of San Luis Obispo abound.

From Lemon Grove Loop at its intersection with CSL Perimeter Trail take an immediate left after the cattle guard and start a steep climb. From here, when in doubt, continue left and uphill as a general rule until you reach the fire road at the very top of CSL. About a quarter mile into the hike, there is a 3-way intersection with a MTB bell station, take a left and continue uphill. Taking a right will lead you back to the CSL Perimeter Trail. At the top of the hike, this trail terminates into the CSL standard route fire road, take a right and the top of CSL is a few hundred meters uphill.

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Land Manager: City of San Luis Obispo

Shared By:

Chris Fa

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