4 miles
681 ft
-1,907 ft
Avg time
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Hi Mountain Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Rinconada/Hi Mountain
    Arroyo Grande, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #19088 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Los Padres National Forest

This is an absolutely fantastic bit of legitimate old-school singeltrack. No machine built superhighways of sustainable stupidity here. The Condor descent is often somewhat overgrown w/chaparral, but very challenging technical DH leading to epic "barely there" grassy singletrack through riparian oak valley forest. Trail like this doesn't officially exist on the Central Coast. Use Strava segment explorer or heatmaps to find the rest. There's some FANTASTIC riding in this area and you'll almost never see anyone. This area is vastly underutilized. Check out RimRock/Belmont/Trout Creek/Florence Hart/Big & Little Falls/Rinconada and GO RIDE!
It can be brutally hot in the summer and give it a few days to dry out after it rains. Late winter into early summer is the best time to ride out here.

Access Info

Access from Rinconada Trailhead or the little unknown "high mtn" trailhead near the end of hi mtn rd pavement on the Lopez side.

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More Stats for Hi Mountain Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,226 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,851 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,186 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,077 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,851 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,061 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 11, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.25 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to hi-mountain-trail trailhead (35.260894, -120.430096)
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Hi Mountain Trail Trail Reports

Nov 11, 2018 @ 4:13pm
Nov 11, 2018
Significant erosion on the switchbacks from beginning on the climb to Lookout Tower. Very loose dirt, impossible for me to get traction to climb....
Oct 31, 2018 @ 11:30pm
Oct 31, 2018
Oct 21, 2018 @ 9:19am
Oct 21, 2018
Needs brushing
Oct 4, 2018 @ 11:20am
Oct 4, 2018
This trail has so much potential! With some minor clearing and brushing it could be one of best trails in SLO in my opinion. Top section is loose...
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag Toryt7 (Feb 6, 2018 at 22:48)
 Is there any riders group up there or guide system set up for this trail network? The posted trails look great, but when I look at rider logs, you can see they is so much more out there! Would love to come explore sometime.
  • + 1
flag O8ko8k (Mar 27, 2018 at 6:42)
 Hi mountain trail is a great ride. Awesome views on the way down. It was very overgrown last spring 2017, I had to turn back. I just rode it March 23,2017 it looked like some work had been done to it at the top near condor lookout. It is stupid steep in one spot past Condor lookout . Also If you take the South fork, expect lots of poison oak.
  • + 0
flag ryandegrunt (Oct 31, 2018 at 23:27)
 This Trail starts out okay then gets Brushy with parts that are steep with bad traction then gets better but the final switch bags before the lookout tower are pretty bad in my opinion. They're loose sand and very hard to get traction on and go uphill pretty steep. I wouldn't want to go down either, be on my level. Plus it was a hot autumn day with an e-bike that I was pushing up the hill.

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