Engineer Canyon to Station One Rd.
ElevationAscent: 436' 133 m
Descent: -432' -132 m
High: 326' 99 m
Low: 87' 27 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A great challenge for beginners and wonderful scenery for all.”— Joshuah Brock
When you near the top of this first hill, you'll get a view of some of the local farmland and coastal mountains. The trail in this area is hard-pan and can get quite slick in some areas. A couple more climbs and some fun downhill areas, and you'll make it to Oil Well Rd.
Make a right, and you'll shortly see a pond on your left (might be dry during the summer). This section is mostly gravel and will continue to be gravel for the rest of the run. In 0.25 miles, you'll come to a fork, take a right. This will begin the biggest uphill challenge for the run.
Once you crest the hill, there will be another fork. Go straight (you can take a right here if you want even more uphill) for a long relieving downhill section with lots of trees. You'll reach another uphill section (with a great view of some farmland) followed by a paved road. Follow the paved road back to the parking lot.
Large sections of the trail are shaded with trees, but most of the trail is still exposed to the sun. There are a lot of side trails and roads that can be used to shorten or lengthen the trail, just be sure to pick up a map from the info boards at the parking lot so you don't get lost. Can get very hot and dry during the summer, so bring plenty of water. There are marked sections of the trail where dogs can be off leash.
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Land Manager: BLM Central Coast Field Office, Marina CA