Pozo/La Panza Area - Pine Mountain Road For ATV Riding
The 65th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in California.
Friday 8 July 2016 04:38 GMT
In the Santa Lucia Ranger District, the Pine Mountain Road is a 7 mile route. This trail is open to all OHV riders, but is best suited for the intermediate and advanced skill levels. The trail borders the Machesna Wilderness and contains one black diamond section called the Stair Steps. This route offers some outstanding vistas of the valleys below and distant Machesna Wilderness.
Powerline Road (2 mi) - Starting at the Turkey Flat Staging Area, this trail follows a sandy riverbed for the first mile. The last section climbs gradually up to an intersection with the Howards Hill Bypass Trail.
Howards Bypass (3 mi) - Connects with the Powerline Road and Black Mountain. This trail is designed for motorcycles only. It is narrow and steep and should be ridden by intermediate to advanced riders. The trail dead-ends at the Black Mountain Road for all riders, with the exception of street legal motorcycles. All OHV licensed motorcycles are prohibited on Black Mountain Road.
La Canada Trail (1 mi) - This creek-bottom trail is a pleasurable ride located in a small canyon and is relatively flat. This trail is best suited for motorcycles.
Tower Route (2 mi) - This trail begins at the Turkey Flat Staging Area, parallels the Navajo Road and intersects with the Las Chiches Trail. The trail is suited for intermediate to advanced riders and provides the rider with some challenging sections. Riders must use this trail, since OHV green/red stickered licensed vehicles are prohibited on Navajo Road.
Las Chiches (6.5 mi) - From the intersection of Five Points, this trail has several steep sections that are best suited for intermediate to advanced riders. This route mostly follows ridge tops and provides the rider with some outstanding vistas of the valleys below. This trail also ties in with Pine Mountain Route and the Burnout Trail.
Las Chiches Cutoff (0.5 mi) - A connector route from Pozo Summit Road to Las Chiches Trail.
Pine Mountain Road (7 mi) - This trail is open to all OHV riders, but is best suited for the intermediate and advanced skill levels. The trail borders the Machesna Wilderness and contains one black diamond section called the Stair Steps. This route offers some outstanding vistas of the valleys below and distant Machesna Wilderness.
Queen Bee (1.5 mi) - This trail begins and ends at Queen Bee Road and is best suited for intermediate riders.
Burnout (10 mi) - This lengthy trail offers a wide variety of trail experiences for the intermediate and advanced rider. It traverses over ridge tops with nice vistas as well as oak and grass covered valleys. It also connects with Mare Spring Trail, La Panza Bypass, Red Hill Road and Navajo Road. Only street legal motorcycles are allowed on the Red Hill and Navajo Roads.
La Panza Bypass (1.5 mi) - This trail is an easy trail for intermediate and advanced riders and goes from Queen Bee Summit to the Burnout Trail.
Benchmark Road (1 mi) - This trail is a level easygoing route. It dead-ends for 4x4s where it intersects with the Mare Springs trail.
Quail (1 mi) - Quail Road can only be accessed from Fernandez Rod. Only street legal vehicles can access this route. This short route leaves Fernandez Road and dead-ends on the ridge top.
Navajo Bypass (1.5 mi) - Navajo Bypass starts on the Friis Road and ends at the Navajo Road. This trail is best suited for intermediate riders due to two steep sections in the middle of the trail. Since this trail ends on the Navajo Road, the section of the road that connects to the McGinnis Creek is legal for all motorcycles and quad runners. The remainder of the Navajo Road is for street legal vehicles only.
McGinnis Creek (1 mi) - This trail runs parallel to the creek and is level with no steep sections making it ideal for beginners. Since this trail ends on Navajo Road, the section of the road that connects to the Navajo Bypass is legal for all motorcycles and quad runners. The remainder of the Navajo Road is for street legal vehicles only.
Garcia Ridge (4 mi) - This ridge top route starts at the Hi Mountain and Pozo/Arroyo Grande Road and dead ends at the Garcia Wilderness boundary. This intermediate route is open to all OHV riders.
Mare Spring (3.5 mi) - This is an excellent trail for the intermediate to advanced rider. The trail connects to the Burnout Trail on both ends and provides for a challenging and scenic ride.
To reach the trailhead from San Luis Obispo take US 101 north to Hwy58/El Camino Rd. Stay on Hwy 58 aprox 25 mi to the turnoff for the riding area on Red Hill Rd. There are 2 Parking areas. Navajo Flats is locted just off Red Hill Rd and Turkey Flat Parking area is on Navajo Rd, right off Red Hill Rd.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is only permitted on Forest Service roads with vertical number signs. All ATVs must have a valid California Green ATV sticker. ATV riding is prohibited on Forest Service roads with horizontal number signs.
Overall, Pozo/La Panza Area - Pine Mountain Road is the 65th most popular ATV riding trail of all 106 ATV trails in California.