ElevationAscent: 1,854' 565 m
Descent: -1,854' -565 m
High: 1,413' 431 m
Low: 154' 47 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
Popular runs nearby
Engineer Canyon to Station One Rd.
4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 436 ft Ascent 132.89 m Ascent
Snively's Ridge Out-and-Back
5.8 mi 9.4 km • Out and Back • 1,500 ft Ascent 457.33 m Ascent
Soberanes Canyon Loop
4.7 mi 7.6 km • Loop • 1,752 ft Ascent 533.86 m Ascent
Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs
19.5 mi 31.4 km • Out and Back • 3,811 ft Ascent 1161.56 m Ascent
Molera Beach Super Loop
7.0 mi 11.3 km • Loop • 1,142 ft Ascent 348.01 m Ascent
North Wilderness and Balconies Cave Loop
10.7 mi 17.2 km • Loop • 1,108 ft Ascent 337.58 m Ascent
“Hilly out and back to Airplane Canyon.”— Peter Gitta
Need to Know
Head south on the main paved road (Ollason Trail) for 2.9 miles. Ollason will change from paved road, then to a wide hard packed dirt path, and next more narrow as you go along. When you reach the point where Ollason makes a hairpin turn, take the Ranch Road straight ahead (Google Maps calls this Harper Canyon Road but it's not that yet) There will be a marker indicating Ranch Road.
Head up the hill about 1300 ft and you'll come to a tee. To the left are some cattle pens and watering troughs. Turn right onto what is now Harper Canyon Road and follow it down the hill and around to the left for about 1.5 miles. This part of the trail is tree-canopied, twisty, steep up and down, and singletrack. Watch out for fast moving mountain bikes! Keep an eye out for a faded sign on the right for "Airplane Canyon."
Take a right on to this spur and follow for about a half mile to reach the location of the airplane's elevator. Note that this trail is seldom used and is quite overgrown and difficult to make out at times. Many overgrown bushes and fallen trees make it a bit of a challenge, but fortunately it's not too long.
Once you reach the clearing where the elevator is, continue on in the same direction for another 30-40 yards to reach the fuselage and tail section of the aircraft.
The elevator is at 36°33.7914N 121°39.7041W
The fuselage and tail are a little further NE
History & Background
Land Manager: Monterey County - Parks