November 23rd, 2007 – by: dansgirl1978
beginning the trail
We had some trouble finding this trail. When we were at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve the previous weekend we picked up a map of the trails of Cambria
, which we used as our guide to our next outing. Again luck was with us as we had gorgeous weather at the coast. We followed the route that the map had but ended up in the wrong place completely. So we got back in the car to find the alternate entrance that the map gave. To be honest I think this "alternate" entrance is the intended beginning of the trail but we like to go against the grain and start at the end. We easily found this entrance and parked the car in the dirt at the mouth of the trail- which was right off a busy street and next to a water treatment plant.
a look back on where we had just come
Again a place that throws you off by being somewhere unexpected. The description of the trail says that it was well maintained with steep hills. As we started it was a flat meandering path that was very well maintained but no steep hills in sight. I thought perhaps I read the wrong description until we came across the first of 3 steep hills. Fortunately these are small hills and just when you think your legs will turn to jelly you have reached the top and are looking at the descent on the other side- which I might add does turn your legs to jelly!
Houses are perched to the right side of the trail hidden in the trees, looking as though they are going to topple over onto you. We found this interesting and tried to capture it on film but it just didn't transfer well, it was hard to show how dramatic the overhang of some of these houses is.
the overhanging house
The oddest thing about this trail- and also the most wonderful- is that there is only a small creek and a line of trees and foliage that separates you from busy Highway 1 but you feel as though you are in the middle of a forest miles from civilization. Eventually the trails ends at Highway 1 and you are plunged back into the real world but while you are walking it you feel so secluded. According to the map the trail should continue beyond the Highway but when we reached it we couldn't figure out where to pick it up again so we decided to head back. Because we were no longer trying to concentrate on the trail and where it leads we were able to enjoy the scenery a bit more and noticed more paths leading off of the main one up a hill to the side. Since we weren't ready to head back to the car we decided to take the first path to see where it would lead.
second steep hill
And boy were we rewarded!! After walking uphill, snaking back and forth through trails in the tall grass we reached a summit that overlooked the ocean. It was stunning! We found out that this spot is actually part of The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and had we walked up from the trail we had taken the week before we would have ended up here.
Relying on Daniel's amazing sense of direction and his infamous navigational skills we wound down through neighborhood streets to catch back up with the Santa Rosa Creek trail and back to the car. After feasting on delicious food from Main Street Grill in Cambria we wandered on home via Old Creek Road, which winds it's way up through the hills behind Cayucos, passed Whale Rock Reservoir, eventually meeting up with Highway 46 through wine country ending in Paso Robles
. (and Target!!).