Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area
The Fiqueroa Mountain Recreation Area has lots to offer the outdoor enthusiast. From Camping high on the mountains slopes to many hiking trails. Including: Ballard Trail down to Ballard Camp. Davy Brown Trail to Sunset Camp, and many others
Figueroa Mountain Zaca Ridge Loop
This hike is spectacular for the experienced hiker. Starting At Tunnel and Figueroa Mountain road, turning left onto Catway Road, then continuing to Zaca Peak Road. This portion of the hike offers great views of the San Rafael Wilderness, the Santa Ynez Valley, Mount Pinos, Hurricane Deck and the Sierra Madre Range. Turning left on Zaca Peak Road, you travel about 1/4 to 1/2 mile and look for a trail on the left. If you reach the base of Zaca Peak you have gone to far. If you find the trail, it descends 1000 feet to an open meadow making it a great lunch spot. from there the trail descends another 1000 feet to Old Ballard camp Trail junction. Turn left here and Hike two miles and climb 1200 feet back to your starting point.
Directions to trailhead: From San Luis Obispo drive south on
Highway 101 sixty miles. Turn left on to Highway 154 and drive about three
miles to Los Olivos. Turn left onto Figueroa Mountain Road and drive about
13 mile to the junction of Tunnel Road and Figueroa Mountain Road. The
trail down to Ballard Camp is on the north side of the road.
NOTE: As of August 1998, the 1/2 mile of trail from upper Ballard Camp to lower Ballard Camp Trail Junction is still almost completely washed out. The trail from lower Ballard Camp Trail junction until you start climbing up to Zaca Peak Road is also washed out. Follow the creek beds to stay on the trail and out of the Poison Oak.
Call the Santa Maria U.S. Forest Service at (805)925-9538 for the latest information and ask them to repair the trail.
Los Padres National Forest Monterey County
Monterey Ranger District
406 S. Mildred Avenue
King City, CA 93930
Los Padres National Forest San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
U.S. Forest Service
Machesna Wilderness hike
Photo by Gary Felsman