11 miles
Distance
2,149 ft
Climb
-2,149 ft
Descent
944 ft
High Point

Starts on the West side, ends on the West side. This route engages most all the Preserve has to offer. Starting on the Discovery trail, you'll climb the entire western side of the network, working your way to the Panhandle Trail by it's multiple switchbacks at its lower section and then you'll emerge from the Oak canopy and traverse the steep and exposed hillside looking down at a phenomenal coastline. Once to the top, 360 degree views offer incredible panoramas of the Pacific Ocean down to Point Sal and north with a view of the Santa Lucia Range of mountains.

Back down the Panhandle, you'll pick up the Discovery Trail again and will be headed to the top of the Preserve and the landmark "Notch" at the top. Staying on Discovery, you'll wind your way towards the Peek-A-Boo Loop which brings you back into the oak studded canopy for the looped trail.

Back on Discovery, but this time gravity is on your side and a long descent of rolling flow will find you speeding in and out of the oak canopy and through open fields offering exceptional views of the coastline.

Halfway down, you'll bear left and transition to the Lone Oak Trail which will continue a flowy descent to a point just above the parking lot where you will reach the fireroad, turn right, and then an immediate left onto the trail, and climb back up towards the center of the Preserve, eventually passing by its namesake, a sole Oak Tree surrounded by an outcropping of rocks as the trail meanders through the setting and soon connecting with the Spring-to-Spring Trail.

A downhill segment through the oak studded deep canyons and then another climb with a bit of minimal tech involved and you'll be turning right on the Discovery to Spring Connector just above the fireroad which will take you uphill adding to your target elevation totals and then back to the Discovery Trail you traversed on your way up for a bit of mixed ascending & descending, then a continuous downhill run of fast, bermed flow to the parking lot.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Pismo Preserve: 11.4mi / 2156' mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    212 ft
  • Altitude start
    212 ft
  • Altitude end
    212 ft
  • Grade max
    -36.888%
  • Grade min
    36.888%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,917 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Panhandle
Jun 10, 2018 @ 10:27am
Jun 10, 2018
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Jun 10, 2018 @ 10:27am
Jun 10, 2018
Discovery
Jun 10, 2018 @ 10:27am
Jun 10, 2018
Spring To Spring
Apr 11, 2018 @ 8:22am
Apr 11, 2018
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Lone Oak Loop
Mar 25, 2018 @ 12:03pm
Mar 25, 2018
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