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Santa Margarita Lake is just one of our areas that holds several thousand acres of designated open space just perfect for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The vista views of the lake and surrounding mountains are breath-taking! Here is a secret - there is a equestrian camping location inside the lake grounds obtainable by boat, horse or hiking only. Waking up to the quiet lake sounds is a treat for all.

Navaho camp in the Pozo area holds another group of trails perfect for mountain bike and motorcycle riders. The open dirt roads take one through seasonal creeks, by old mines and up mountains to delight the open road rider. More information on trail heads for these and more will be on our Treasure Map.

No matter how one travels ether by foot, hoof or wheels, there is plenty of Coastal Mountain treasures to explore.

Rinconada Trail - Horses, hikers, mountain bikes. Drive thru Santa Margarita (north) go right on Hwy 58 (east) you'll go over some train tracks. Continue straight on Pozo Rd for about 10 miles. You'll see the turn off for Lake Santa Margarita going to your left, stay right and stay on Pozo Road. After another 4 miles or so you'll see a sign for the Rinconada Trail head parking, which will be on your right. Ride up the trail for about 2 miles (this is the steepest section of the trail). At the top of the climb you reach a Y. Go to the left (You can go right also but it's just a steep drop, not as much fun) In a mile or so you'll intersect Hi Mountain Lookout fire road. Go right and continue climbing. This beautiful, peaceful, fire road climbs gently (middle chain ring) for about 6 miles. Then you reach a Y with a gate on the right. The left leg of the Y drops down steeply for about 2 miles and ends up at a campground. The right side of the Y climbs another mile or so to Hi Mountain Lookout. Go to the Right and climb up to Hi Mountain lookout. From this vantage point you can see all SLO county. including Lake Lopez, Santa Margrita Lake, Madona Mountain, Pismo, Morro Beach, Avila beach. The view is awsome. Elevation:2500,socal,n,n

Blinn Ranch Trail at the Backside of Santa Margarita Lake- Horses, hikers, mountain bikes.
Take the Santa Margarita exit off Highway 101. Follow the signs toward Pozo, pass the turn for Santa Margarita Lake, continue on the Pozo Rd. Go 14 miles to River Road and turn left. Go almost 2 miles. You'll see the parking on the left at N35°18.989, W120°25.073. Parking fee is $7. Trail to the right goes about 9 miles on a dirt road along the north side of the Lake. Trail to the left is shorter and more shaded for summer day rides. GPS: Latitude:N35°18.989 Longitude:W120°25.073 Elevation:1330,socal,n,n

Fernandez Trail - Information coming soon!

Falcon Trail at Santa Margarita Lake - coming soon.

Road Bike Loop Ride -