1.3 miles
Distance
156 ft
Climb
-672 ft
Descent
00:15:05
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Barranca Trail
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    Maintainer

Barranca Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Montana de Oro State Park
    Los Osos, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #38202 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #30406 in Trail Running
    • #93550 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Barranca starts from East Boundary with a short climb with several short switchbacks. Beware of poison oak in this section. The top (mile 0.3) provides good views to the South side of Montana de Oro SP.

Right off the top, Barranca begins a steep twisty descent (12-20%). Beware of several blind corners on the upper half of the descent. The trail opens up a bit in the middle third for some great open ridgetop views before a second series of switchbacks. Near the bottom, a wide open traverse ends at a steep rocky drop and two final switchbacks before spitting out onto Islay Creek Road.

Barranca can also be climbed, and its steepness is a good challenge for a full mile.

Barranca handles rain MUCH better than the section of East Boundary that "parallels" Barranca. In the case of recent rain, Barranca is a better option than that section of East Boundary

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Barranca Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -516 ft
  • Altitude min
    358 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,004 ft
  • Altitude start
    874 ft
  • Altitude end
    358 ft
  • Grade max
    -39.175%
  • Grade min
    21.152%
  • Distance climb
    1,614 ft
  • Distance down
    4,912 ft
  • Distance flat
    313 ft
  • Avg time
    00:15:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:29:44
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Status:
on Oct 26, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.9 (9 votes)

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  • Ideal
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      Barranca Trail Trail Reports

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      Oct 26, 2020 @ 3:58pm
      Oct 26, 2020
      Very well maintained - super fun trail!
      Jun 29, 2020 @ 12:32pm
      Jun 29, 2020
      Jun 8, 2020 @ 8:55am
      Jun 8, 2020
      Loose rocks, Lots of fun.
      Jan 19, 2020 @ 6:06pm
      Jan 19, 2020
      Chunky. Tread is eroded revealing plentiful rocks...not a bad thing! Great sight lines from recent brush work.
      Oct 18, 2019 @ 9:48pm
      Oct 18, 2019
      Has been brushed nicely. Just the typical loose, shale in the turns. Recent equestrian rides have turned it up even more.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 126 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,003 rides
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      Nov 24, 2018 @ 1:37pm
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      May 8, 2017 @ 6:18pm
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      133 |
      May 8, 2017 @ 6:18pm
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      140 |
      Nov 18, 2016 @ 5:01pm
      Nov 18, 2016

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Websterminator (Mar 11, 2019 at 19:17)
       Love it!
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      • + 0
      Patrickrebstock1 (Sep 5, 2020 at 19:22)
       Tech steep climb but a blast on the Ripley. Bring plenty of water as it’s hotter farther back in the mountains.
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      Sbartlebaugh (Mar 17, 2021 at 20:30)
       Good conditions on the descent but required a lot of attention. It was the most technical of the trails I rode today including Hazard, Manzanita, and Oats Peak. Uphill would be challenging.
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      • + 1
      Kyleponga (Sep 8, 2021 at 11:47)
       Wouldn't recommend climbing it unless your legs are fresh. I walked most of the first half as the switchbacks are steep. Would be a terrific descent and plenty challenging!
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