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Castle Crags Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 11.54 Miles

The Castle Crags Trail is an 11 mile trail in the Machesna Wilderness in San Luis Obispo County, the trail connects the Pine Mountain Trail and the Los Pelados Road (31S10). The trail is named after the impressive Castle Crags rock formation found before the junction with the Pine Mountain Trail.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 16E01
  • Wilderness Area: Machesna
  • County: San Luis Obispo County
  • Ranger District: Santa Lucia Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 35.23679
  • Trail-head Longitude: -120.16818
  • Trail Condition: Kind of Good - Little to no bushwacking and easily followable
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Backpacking
    • Day Hiking
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Wilderness Camping



Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 2877 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 3156 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 10 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 10 %.
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Submitted Trail Reports

Castle Crags Trail Survey - 10-18-2016 - by Mike Splain
Link: Castle Crags Trail
Date: 10-18-2016
Surveyor Name:Mike Splain
Trail description:

Section- American Canyon Trail junction to Machesna Mountain summit spur-

Besides a few cattle trails in the blue oak woodlands, this section of the trail is wide open & easily followed.

Side note- The unofficial dozer line/spur to Machesna Mountain ranges from wide open to heavily overgrown bushwhacking, but stellar views from Santa Lucia Peak (Ventana Wilderness) to the San Rafael, Sierra Madre, Thorn Point, Mount Pinos & the Carrizo Plain/Temblor Range make it well worth the effort.

Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow


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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016



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