The trail itself is about 2 miles long and shared by hikers and bikers. Most of the actual trail construction was done by volunteers from the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB) and they’ve done an excellent job. Beyond just the dirt trail, there are a few well constructed bridges scattered throughout the trail to get you over some rougher terrain and the creek. I think the best part about the Johnson Ranch Trail is that it is challenging enough to be fun, but easy enough that just about anyone could do the loop on foot. I’m not a mountain biker, but it seems to me that if you’re on a bike the trail would be much more challenging.
While we were out we did see some wildlife running around. Mainly squirrels and lizards. I heard all kinds of stuff rustling in the grass and the bushes but I’m not sure what was in there. Earlier in the week Heidi saw a huge deer cruise over the trail while she was out. There also some cows out there… which leads me to the one thing you really need to look out for… cow poop. On the North side you need to watch your step a little bit.
Overall I think the Johnson Ranch Trail is an excellent addition to San Luis Obispo’s open space inventory and I’m glad they did such a good job making all this nature easily accessible. The views are excellent, the trail is fun, and it’s easy but not too easy.
I took some pictures while we were out…
Entrance to the Trail
King of the Mountain
Schmarmy 70′s esque nature portrait
Heidi and I taking a minute in the shade
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