Poly Canyon Road
ElevationAscent: 582' 177 m
Descent: -304' -93 m
High: 934' 285 m
Low: 387' 118 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A beautiful, remote, rambling dirt road in the foothills above Cal Poly. Moderate grades and smooth, fast doubletrack.”— Chris Fa
The road is infamous for sticky, heavy, sloppy mud when it rains heavily...generally not a good time, save this one for when it dries out.
The first mile starts on well packed dirt parallel to Stenner Creek through a heavily wooded area. At mile one there is an intersection with a gate and the Cal Poly art department sculpture display to the left and a farmhouse/private residence looking driveway to the right...take the fork to the right, it is legal and the only way to get to Poly Canyon Road. You'll come to a gate labeled Poly Canyon Gate 1 to know you are going the right way. The grade steepens and winds up through the foothills to a set of train tracks. When you reach the top of a hill even with the tracks do not take the gate onto the tracks; instead head left and downhill. The road is winding and rolling but it generally runs parallel to the tracks and downhill. The road ends at a barn/stable/three way intersection with Stenner Creek Road strait ahead and Stenner Creek Trail to the right.
This route is particularly beautiful when the hills are green during the winter and spring...it looks like you are running through the hills of Ireland.
Land Manager: City of San Luis Obispo