Actually, if you have not done it before it can be a bit tricky finding the bottom of the Spine Trail the first time. It is not marked anywhere.
If driving there, park just off Etheldore in Moss Beach, at the entrance to Ember Ridge (that you can see on Google Earth). Ride up the road to the Moss Beach Horse Ranch and find the main gate. You need to walk through the horse ranch, behind the stables and find the trail that leads along the bottom of the hill. Once At the end of that go up, where pretty much any of the three choices you have will get you to the bottom of the spine trail eventually.
All of this is on the RCdT website's maps, except how to navigate the horse ranch is not totally clear.
Please keep in mind when visiting the Rancho, the Equestrian community has been incredibly supportive of shared use trails from the get go.
Ride these trails with expectation that you will encounter horses, many ridden by very young riders...
Take it easy.
Here is what we are doing to ease the transition of these lands into shared public trails:
Great Trails Sharing clinic today at Ocean View Horse Stables(April 6,2014).
BIG Kahuna Thanx to Ocean View stables staff Leonard Iniguez and Robin Camozzi for taking the time to bring the Mt Bike and Horse riders together and share on the ground etiquette needs for multi use trails within the RCdT.
State Parks and NPS staff also attended and were extremely helpful in assisting in explaining parks policies for M/U trails.
Pacific Fire dept had a contingent of 4 riders attend and participate.
Friendly discussion after the in-service had seasoned riders stating that new trails behavior tactics were learned during this mornings gathering.
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