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Montana de Oro- East Boundry

Average Rating:    (4.65 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

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...
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Latitude
35.003003395276714
Longitude
-120.860595703125
Trail Directions
From SLO or 101, take Los Osos Valley road west to Los Osos. Continue on LOVR through town and into the Montana de Oro State Park. Continue on this access road towards Spooner's Cove. Well past the Eucalyptus Grove and before you get to Spooner's Cove, on your left you'll pass a gated fireroad (Isley Creek Jeep Trail), which is the trail head. About 100 ft. past the trailhead, you'll see a grass parking area on the right. Park there. The ranger station is farther down at Spooner's Cove. They have maps if your confused. The
Trail Length
12 or so miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
San Luis Obispo
   


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Review Date
June 4, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mdavenpo2000 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
June 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: switchbaxr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
May 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bryguy17 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
shooters/morning glory



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Review Date
July 5, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: swanny ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Morro Bay State Park



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Review Date
November 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tpoltron ,  Cross Country Rider

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

Recommended Route:
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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