Baldwin Ranch Road
ElevationAscent: 1,989' 606 m
Descent: -1,606' -490 m
High: 2,252' 686 m
Low: 350' 107 m
GradeAvg 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
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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