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Alejandro Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

The trail climbs for 0.5 mi or so before descending the rest of the way into Alejandro canyon. The first mile or so is steep and rocky with lots of loose shale and a few exposed ledges. The remainder of the trail is an easy, fun downhill cruise through the foresty, poison-oak-laden Alejandro Canyon, complete with numerous semi-technical creek crossings. You pass through Alejandro backpackers camp at 3 miles. At around 5 miles, look for a fork in the trail and go left. Either way, you will end up climbing over the ridge on the east side of Alejandro canyon before descending onto the road that connects Colson Canyon Rd. to Barrell Springs camp. Proceed north on this road before turning left on Colson Canyon Rd. to return to your car. Park a car at Barrell Springs camp for a great shuttle ride. Poison oak is seriously out of control on this trail, so dress in long clothes and be prepared to come in contact with it. This ride is rigorous and takes quite a while so make sure you have time and be ready for an adventure.
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Latitude
34.92197103616377
Longitude
-120.322265625
Trail Directions
From Hwy 101, take Betteravia exit and head east. The road will wind into a more southeasterly direction after a while. After a few miles, turn left on Santa Maria Mesa Rd. A few miles later, that road merges with Tepusquet Rd. at a stop sign. Proceed left (almost straight) on Tepusquet Rd. for another mile or so before passing Colson Canyon Rd. on your right. Colson Canyon is a slightly bumpy, unmaintained dirt road with many creek crossings, yet it should be ok for most passenger vehicles. After a few miles up this road you reach a summit with the Alejandro trailhead marked by a sign on your right. If you start descending on Colson Canyon Rd., you've passed it. It is right at the summit. Park in a wide shoulder along the road.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Maria
   


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Review Date
April 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: NomadNate ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail in April and it was seriously over grown. At times the trail was completely covered up and I found myself riding through fields of flowers with no obvious direction. If you lose sight of the trail, look for streamers hanging from trees or bushes. Alejandro has the potential to be a great trail if it was used more often. There was a ton of poison oak and as of April 05, you will come in contact with it. I wore long sleaves and pants, washed off with Technu after the ride, and did not get poison oak. I wouldn't recommend this ride for beginners as some areas are techincal and you must have good sense of direction. With the warnings aside, this was still a fun trail, especially with a shuttle. All single track, shaded canyons, creek crossings, and lots of technical switchbacks.

Recommended Route:
I don't know if this is the recommended route, but it's the route I took. I parked at the Alejandro Trail head which is about 20 miles from Santa Maria. The first .5 mile was steep climbing switchbacks. From the summit, starts a half mile descent on loose shale with natural rock jumps and switchbacks until you drop into the canyon. The shaded vegetation and creek crossing were awesome up to the 2.75 mile point where I found the run down alejandro backpacker's camp. I lost site of alejandro trail and went east up the mountain following trail signs and streamers of a different trail. It was a steep .4 mile "hike a bike" climb that meandered north east to a hill top overlooking alejandro canyon. The fun resumed as I headed down a fast single track which turns left at the torch cut sign. Follow the single track until you end up on a ridge top over looking North Fork La Brea Creek and a dirt road beside it. The ridge has a couple switch backs on the south side and then the trail wraps to the north side of the ridge for a few more switchbacks. The trail ends on La Brea North Fork Creek dirt road north of barrell springs camp. The entire loop was 9.4 miles.

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Review Date
April 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Dave G. , from San Luis Obispo, CA

Summary:
This trail would be by far the best I've done in the Santa Maria area if not for the poison oak. At times, this trail cruises through fields of 8 foot tall poison oak. It would be great to see some bikers adopt it and cut back the vegetation a bit. "Epic" ride by my definition. Should only be attempted by experienced bikers and those not overly sensitive to poison oak. Bring lots of water and bring someone with a decent sense of direction because of the potential for getting lost. Not many people in this area, so be self-sufficient.

Recommended Route:
If it is early in the day and you want to get a great overall workout including a massive fireroad climb, then do the loop. If you're like me and don't get out there until sometime after noon, you'll still get a workout doing the shuttle as described above. I highly recommend the shuttle for first-timers on this trail.

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