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Baldwin Ranch Road

Intermediate/Difficult

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5.9 mile 9.5 kilometer point to point
72% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,989' 606 m
Descent: -1,606' -490 m
High: 2,252' 686 m
Low: 350' 107 m

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Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 48% (25°)

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Doubletrack trail beginning at Ragged Point, ending at Baldwin Ranch. Beautiful ocean views and backcountry isolation.

Chris Fa

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

No vehicles allowed on Bowden Ranch Road except for those accessing the ranch itself. The road is too narrow/rough for most 4wd vehicles; it looks like they get most supplies to the ranch via quad.

Runner Notes

This trail can get very hot during the summer, bring plenty of sunblock and water. The Bowden Ranch is private property so respect their property rights and don't make too much noise...the sign at their property line says there are people meditating.

Description

The entrance to Bowden Ranch Road is difficult to find and there is no parking at the trailhead. It is about 200m south of Ragged Point in on Highway 1. There is a small turnoff on the ocean side of the road, and a small driveway with a gate on the opposite side of the road; this is the beginning to the road. Go through the small pedestrian gate to the side of the main gate and stay right at the fork. The next two miles is an intense climb to the top of a ridge-line with amazing ocean views along the way.

The road is well kept but is only wide enough to be considered doubletrack. Upon summiting, there will be a faint road/trail heading right and a more well defined road continuing left; take the defined road on the left. Continue downhill for a half mile to the intersection with County Line Road. County Line Road is faint and heads to the left and uphill, traversing a ridgeline while Bowden Ranch Road begins a precipitous drop on the east side of the ridge.

Continue right and downhill on Bowden Ranch Road and drop into a densely wooded, shady oak grove. This section is particularly sharp, but levels off into a meadow with great views of the mountains to the east. The road then joins with a river, which it generally follows until it terminates at Bowden Ranch. There are multiple river crossings during the winter and spring; you'll get your feet wet.

The last 2-3 miles of this trail is exceptionally beautiful during the winter and spring. It's lush, cool, green, and feels very isolated. The road intersects with Spruce Creek Trail and Elk Camp Trail near its terminus, but these trails look to be very overgrown and sparsely used.

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A gorgeous view awaits you from the ridgeline on Baldwin Ranch Road.
Jan 14, 2017 near Lake Na…, CA
This spot on Baldwin Ranch Road offers nice views of the ocean.
Jan 14, 2017 near Lake Na…, CA
This is the largest river crossing on Baldwin Ranch Road. Needless to say, be prepared to get your feet wet!
Jan 14, 2017 near Lake Na…, CA
A river crossing adds a little spice to Baldwin Ranch Road.
Jan 14, 2017 near Lake Na…, CA
A gate ushers you onto Baldwin Ranch Road.
Jan 14, 2017 near Lake Na…, CA

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