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Anyone ever been riding on indians road (been closed to cars for 10 years now) in Los Padres National Forest from the Arroyo Seco side? I went there this weekend its total wilderness. The dirt road starts at Arroyo Seco campground and ends at Indians Campground about 18 miles away, climbing from 900 feet to 3500 feet estimate. I only went up 5 miles. I would like to do the whole route but dont have access to elevation changes on the road. How would i go about finding out this info. I called the forest station office but they didn't know.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wl&q= (zoom in and you will see the road. Starts where the arroyo seco rd ends and finishes up on in fort hundred ligget camp)

http://www.virtualguidebooks.com/Ce...al/ArroyoSecoIndians/ASIRdAboveWillowCrk.html (not my pic)
 

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You can get a rough idea using Google Earth. Find where you want to go, then follow the road with your pointer. Somewhere on the screen is a display of the elevation for the pointer's location. Follow the road with your pointer and pay attention to the elevation changes.
 

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Up then down

aztec31 said:
Anyone ever been riding on indians road (been closed to cars for 10 years now) in Los Padres National Forest from the Arroyo Seco side? I went there this weekend its total wilderness. The dirt road starts at Arroyo Seco campground and ends at Indians Campground about 18 miles away, climbing from 900 feet to 3500 feet estimate. I only went up 5 miles. I would like to do the whole route but dont have access to elevation changes on the road. How would i go about finding out this info. I called the forest station office but they didn't know.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wl&q= (zoom in and you will see the road. Starts where the arroyo seco rd ends and finishes up on in fort hundred ligget camp)

http://www.virtualguidebooks.com/Ce...al/ArroyoSecoIndians/ASIRdAboveWillowCrk.html (not my pic)
I rode the whole thing a few years ago. I don't know if you got there but there is a landslide about 5 miles in that is fairly sketchy to get across. The road is fairly easy climbing after that and then there is a 2-3 mile descent down to to Escondido campground
then easy climbing to Indians in the Arroyo Seco canyon. Some nice scenery just before the descent.

It's a fire road and not all that steep...go for it. Very remote area back there as the road is now a Wilderness corridor and not often traveled.
 

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I've hiked much of it from the Indians side...very nice scenery, great swimming holes, and all-around fun time. Very remote.

Great exposed geology, as well.

*sigh* Gotta get back down there...the wildflowers are probably screaming right now.
 

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How bad is the landslide? Can bikes go through?
You will have to make your own assesment when you get there but I recall that it wasn't too bad. Definitely have to shoulder the bike - I don't think a horse could do it.

Google "Bicycle Arroyo Seco Landslide" - the first link gets you a picture of it.
 
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