The Rancho Nuevo Trail is a senic 5.26 mile trail in the Dick Smith Wilderness in Ventura County . In 1889 Ramon Ortego received a homestead Patent for property on the Potrero that he had been living on for a number of years. Ramon was a descendent of Jose Ortego who came with the Portola expedition of 1769. The expedition had come to California to locate and settle Monterey as the capital of California. Ramon established ranches in the central mountain portion of Ventura County. He was noted for capturing grizzly bears single handed. In 1914, at the age of 84 years Ramon was helping herd cattle on the Long Trail down to Mono Creek when his horse slipped over a cliff and he was killed. He had always said that if he died in the mountains he did not want to be brought out draped over a saddle. J. D. Reyes and others on the cattle drive set him up astride a pack mule and brought him out to the wagon road at Wheeler Hot Spring sitting upright. A early adobe on Potrero Seco is still used as a ranch cabin.