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Espinosa Equestrian Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 128' 39 m
Descent: -621' -189 m
High: 2,525' 770 m
Low: 1,935' 590 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A rustic trail that loops into the main Espinosa Trail

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

Watch out for poison oak and ticks. For much of the trail, you have overgrown brush rubbing up against you.

Runner Notes

There are a bunch of loose cobbles and overgrown brush.

Description

Look for the metal horse-gate you see right from the parking lot. The trail starts with a short rise to a boulder-strewn summit. Almost 0.5 miles in, there is a vista off to the left.

Shortly afterwards, the trail turns north and heads downhill, arriving in a more verdant drainage which features some live oak and more birds. You follow the drainage downhill until you meet the thicker foliage along the creek.

The trail flattens out as you head up creek and eventually come to the Espinosa Trail. Don't forget to head down to see the beautiful water-carved rock of the creek, along with a couple of ancient Indian 'morteros' (grinding surfaces).

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Photos

Looking back down onto the Espinosa Trail.
May 22, 2017 near Descanso, CA
California Buckwheat is all over the place on the trail
Jul 29, 2019 near Descanso, CA
Breaking into more open trail
Jul 29, 2019 near Descanso, CA
A fallen tree featuring the work of an acorn woodpecker.
Jul 30, 2019 near Descanso, CA

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