3,996 ft
Distance
9 ft
Climb
-502 ft
Descent
00:13:02
Avg time

Rock Garden Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Madonna Mountain (Cerro San Luis)
    San Luis Obispo, California
  • AKA
    Rock Garden
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #14247 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #18545 in Trail Running
    • #2745 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

Rock Garden is the appropriate name for this trail. You'll see everything from baby-heads to pumpkin size rocks and lots of them. The upper half is less technical and higher speed than the lower half, but it's still plenty rocky. The second half will be significantly challenging for anyone but very experienced riders, and even they will have a hard time hitting every line just right. This is one of the most popular descents in San Luis Obispo.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Rock Garden Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -496 ft
  • Altitude min
    753 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,248 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,248 ft
  • Altitude end
    751 ft
  • Grade
    -12.4%
  • Grade max
    -53.1%
  • Grade min
    8.8%
  • Distance climb
    161 ft
  • Distance down
    3,606 ft
  • Distance flat
    233 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:02
  • Avg reverse time
    00:28:10
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Status:
on Mar 13, 2022
Very Dry
Avg: 4.25 (12 votes)
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  • Very Dry
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      Rock Garden Trail Trail Reports

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      Mar 13, 2022 @ 4:38pm
      Mar 13, 2022
      Not very hard; in lots of places I've ridden this would be a blue.
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 9:36am
      Jun 20, 2021
      Apr 3, 2021 @ 8:40am
      Apr 3, 2021
      Nice technical trail that is not to difficult
      Oct 24, 2020 @ 3:13pm
      Oct 24, 2020
      Super slidy and dry, but when is it not
      Jul 3, 2019 @ 11:57am
      Jul 3, 2019
      Loose. Lots of hikers today.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 366 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3,112 rides
      • Last: Aug 16, 2022

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      Feb 12, 2021 @ 12:30am
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      Feb 12, 2021 @ 12:30am
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      May 24, 2020 @ 7:53pm
      May 24, 2020
      163 |
      Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:11am
      Oct 6, 2018

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      Kyleponga (Sep 8, 2021 at 11:42)
      Not as crazy as the description makes it seem. Yes it's a challenging rocky trail, but rideable if you've got confidence and are willing to roll most features.
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