Montana de Oro- East Boundry - Trail, San Luis Obispo, California

Montana de Oro- East Boundry - Trail, San Luis Obispo, California

DESCRIPTION

When all of the rides are baking in the Summer heat. This is your best option. Start at Islay Creek Jeep Trail and continue for about 3+ miles. This is your warm-up for the steep East Boundry climb. You'll pass a Barn on your right, then after another 1/2 mile, start looking for the left turn onto the East Boundry single track (marked). This is a tough climb to clean without putting your foot down. Good Luck. Just follow the trail up/down single track. When you reach the first and only T in the trail- go left. A RH turn will send you down Manzanita Trail and onto the access road. Too short, unless you want out. Head up another tough, short climb we call "Meat Grinder"...Continue up/down to the long decent called "Bloody Nose". This trail is varied, loose, rocky and quite challenging at battle speed. I love this ride! You'll finally drop back onto the main access road you drove in on- turn left and you'll see you car in about 10 seconds. This ride is pristine and rugged. The ocean views are one of a kind! Watch for Hikers and Horses on the weekends. The Park Rangers are very MTB friendly, however not all trails are open to MTBs. Have fun and go easy on the non-MTB types. There are other options to explore as well...

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2008]
mdavenpo2000
Cross Country Rider

We rode this place as the first leg of a 3 ride trip. The next 2 days we rode in Santa Barbara (Little Pine and Romero Canyon). To our surpise this place totally held it's own (i.e. it's for intermediate to advanced riders). The trail, like much of the central coast, was a little dusty with loose (sharp) rock. It's black diamond single track downhill, with some sections approaching double black diamond.

Fantastic views of Morro Rock, Spooners Cove, and the Pacific Ocean.

This place is a hidden gem and one of SLO town's best kept secrets.

Customer Service

For up to date trail maps of this place and more on the central coast, go to: http://cccmb.org/

We rode in on Islay Creek Rd., up East Boundary to Ridge Trail. We then rode up to Hazard Peak and continued down Ridge Trail back to the road we drove in on.

After that we rode the Bluff Trail, which meanders along the cliffs above Spooners Cove which has an amazing array of tide pools and a beach or two.

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5
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5
[Jun 27, 2007]
switchbaxr
Weekend Warrior

Enjoy this central coast gem of a trail that boasts technical climbs and descents and ocean and mountain ridge views!

Manzanita will be a tough start to the ride but your reward will be well worth it. Flying down East Boundary's technical singletrack that has walls formed by the high manzanita brush makes you feel like you're in a green tunnel at times. The trail is shaped like a chute at times and the multiple water bars will launch you for brief pilot maneuvers that will exhilarate your soul.

Islay creek trail will take you on a mellow serpentine 3 mile fireroad trail through a deep canyon that will soon give way to a breathtaking ocean view just on the other side of Pecho road as you ride on the bluffs. Riding on a trail near the edge of the ocean is a unique central coast California experience. Although really mellow and non-technical on the bluffs, this section rocks, just watch out for the hikers.

After you ride to the end up the bluffs, head up to Pecho Rd. and ride the road back and past Islay Creek trail to the Ridge Trail head. Get revved up for a technical and rocky climb that'll take you up 2000 feet in about 2 miles.

You'll then hook back up to East Boundary trail and ride the same trails you rode in on...Manzanita and Horse Camp.

This is one of the best rides in SLO!

Customer Service

Up Horse Camp, right on Manzanita, left on East Boundary, down East boundary then right on Islay Creek Trail towards the ocean then cross Pecho road to the Bluffs Trail then ride the Bluffs to the end of the park then connect back up to Pecho road and ride the road to the Ridge Trail then up Ridge Trail down Ridge Trail to East Boundary trail and left on Manzanita trail and back to Horse Camp where you started. About 15 miles and 2500 feet of climbing.

Similar Products Used:

Shooters, Morning Glory, Pick and Shovel, West Cuesta Ridge, East Cuesta Ridge, Pozo, Rinconada Trail, Turkey Flats, Black Mountain, Stair Steps, Cerro Alto,

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5
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4
[May 19, 2007]
Bryguy17
Cross Country Rider

This is my favorite trail that i have ridden in the San Luis area. the road up to the single track is a great warmup, and leaves you ready to take on the climb, which wasnt as bad as some people say. I admit, there are a few really crappy technical sections that are hard to clean, but most of it isnt too bad. the definite highlight is the downhill. just look out towards the top if you take the right fork, theres a rocky technical switchback. rest of the ride was brilliant, with fun rocks, high banked turns, and lots of railroad tie jumps. also look out for the sandy part when it gets flat, its easy to slide out

Similar Products Used:

shooters/morning glory

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5
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3
[Jul 05, 2006]
swanny
Cross Country Rider

I was looking to beat the heat and I found the spot. Temp at 6:30am ride time was 56 degrees. Started at Horse Camp up and over East Boundry to Islay creek, This time I went right back up East Boundry(I like the climb up East Boundry more than up Barranca) over to and down Ridge(what a blast). Did not see anyone out, but looked like a large group getting ready at Horse Camp.

Similar Products Used:

Morro Bay State Park

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4
VALUE
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4
[Nov 29, 2004]
tpoltron
Cross Country Rider

Has everything a great ride needs: fun, a workout, some challenges and great views.

Customer Service

The above directions mention turning left before Manzanita. You should and the left is called "Ridge Trail", which has nothing to do with another trail to the north shown as "Bloody Nose" on some maps.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Sep 01, 1999]
Chief Joseph Flys Like The Wind

See others here:

Customer Service

Same as others here:

Similar Products Used:

You can see my trail album photos of Montaa de Oro and other local trails mentioned here at http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Gorge/8199/BVHsitedirectory.htm

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5
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[Nov 02, 1999]
Bob

First time on singletracks on my new bike. First time on trails this tough, but had lots of fun. Had to push up some of East Boundary, but the downhill was well worth it. The trails were empty of people and in great shape on this 80 degree November day. Rode Islay to Barranca to East Boundary to Ridge Trail the next day in the fog. Barranca seems eroded by horses--very powdery and rocky and hard to get traction going up. The Ridge Trail was a bit beyond my abilities, and I had a few "dismounts" on the very steep stairways down. Manzanita/Bloody Nose is easier to go faster on.

Customer Service

Islay Creek Rd. to East Boundary to Manzanita to Bloody Nose.

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Rode a couple trails off South Bay Blvd., near the bridge South of Hwy.1 near Morro Bay State Park. Nice if you only have time for a short ride.

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5
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[Jan 10, 2000]
Hart

Awesome ride even in January, except for the bloody nose trail being closed from the east boundry trail.
Can't wait to do it again!

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4
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[Jan 27, 2000]
Mike

Great singletrack with awesome views! Highly recommend if in the area

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5
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[Mar 20, 2000]
Patrick

Awesome! Challenging with breath-taking views. The Islay Creek road (dirt) is a great warm-up for the steep ascent to the top, once there, the view of this part of the California coast is world class.
WARNING: Lots of poison oak on this trail, particularly near the end of the Hazard/Bloody Nose run.

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Very close to this ride is the Cabrillo Peak trail located in the Morro Bay State Park. It's not as long or challenging by any means but it's fun.

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5
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