Santa Margarita Hiking Trails

The northern inland part of San Luis Obispo County, this area has scenic hills covered in oaks, the lake and panaramic views of the countryside. Here is a guide to find hiking trails in this beautiful area.

Grey Pine Loop

Distance-1.6 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-4695 Santa Margarita Lake Rd.,from Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight onto W. Pozo Rd (Highway 58 makes a left) for 6.4 miles-slight left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd for 1.1 miles and go to the entrance station, turn right to the parking lot by the Grey Pine campground, entrance fee require.

Grey Pine Loop is part of the 4,000 acre regional park on the south side of Santa Margarita Lake and travels through oaks and the sandstone rock outcroppings. Take the loop back to the road and walk the road back to your car or continue on Grey pine Trail to Eagle View which gives views in all directions and return back on the same trail for a 3 mile hike.

 

Lakeside Trail

Distance-1.5 miles 

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-4695 Santa Margarita Lake Rd.,from Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight onto W. Pozo Rd (Highway 58 makes a left) for 6.4 miles-slight left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd for 1.1 miles and go to the entrance station and go to the marina, entrance fee required.

The Lakeside trail unmarked and is a dirt road that goes along the lake shore from the Marina to White Oak for an easy walk by the lake.

 

Rocky Trail

Distance-3.6 mile round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-4695 Santa Margarita Lake Rd.,from Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight onto W. Pozo Rd (Highway 58 makes a left) for 6.4 miles-slight left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd for 1.1 miles and go to the entrance station, entrance fee required. Trail adjacent to the park entrance station by the flagpole. Entrance fee required.

Views, rolling hills, rock outcroppings, views of lake and the trail goes to Salinas Dam.

Sandstone Trail

Distance-5 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy to moderate

dogs-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight on W Pozo Rd. (Highway 58 makes a left) and drive 14.2 miles to River Rd. and turn left and drive 1.7 miles to the East River Road access and park in the lot, parking fee required.

Take the East River Road Access to the trailhead sign taking Sandstone Trail which goes to the left (Blinn Trail goes to the right) The trail goes through rolling foothills with oak trees and across the Salinas river, several overlooks of Santa Margarita Lake.

Blinn Ranch Trail

Distance-6 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy to moderate

dogs-horses-bikes-allowed

Trailhead Location-From Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight on W Pozo Rd. (Highway 58 makes a left) and drive 14.2 miles to River Rd. and turn left and drive 1.7 miles to the East River Road access and park in the lot, parking fee required.

Take the East River Road Access to the trailhead sign taking Blinn Trail which goes to the right (Sandstone Trail goes to the left)The Blinn Ranch Trail is an old ranch road that goes along the north side of Santa Margarita Lake. Beautiful overlooks of the lake.

Rinaconada Trail

Distance-4 miles round trip

Hiking Difficulty-easy to moderate

dogs-horses-bikes allowed

Trailhead Location-from Santa Margarita take Highway 58 east for 1.5 miles-continue straight onto W. Pozo Rd (Highway 58 makes a left) for 9.4 miles to the trail sign on the right and turn right and go to the end of the road to the trailhead and parking.. Parking fee required.

 Not very far into the hike the trail goes by the old abandoned Rinaconda mine that used to mine mercury. A lot of the old equipment still remains there. The trail goes into the Los Padres National Forest.