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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +341/ -341 ft
Total: 15 riders

Mountain Biking Madonna Mountain: Rock Garden

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#394 of 1,001 mountain bike trails in California
#4,683 in the world

A fantastic ride located near downtown San Luis Obispo. You will enjoy excellent views of SLO and surrounding areas as you climb to the top, however. If you know this route, you will most likely be thinking about the fun you are going to have descending Rock Garden.

What can I say about Rock Garden? Well Rock Garden is the appropriate name for this trail. You'll see everything from baby-heads to pumpkin size rocks and lots of them. Once you have made it through the Rock Garden, you will experience smooth, rolling single-track that sweeps back and forth down the mountain. A truly great finish to an awesome ride!

Parking: Parking is available at the trail head. There are no fees for parking.

First added by kentonn on Sep 29, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From either 101 North or South exit 202A onto Marsh Street, turn right at Archer, right at Pacific, right at Higuera, left back onto Marsh and right at Fernandez. Google Map
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  • Jared13   ✓ supporter

    Lots of chunk on the climb up and even more on the way down. You can avoid some of the larger rocks by taking the fire road up. I suggest having a map or a guide because there are a lot of options. After the jumps on the way down, be mindful of the fence/gate.

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  • sparkomatic

    Really steady climb up partial broken road and trail with some heart pumping climbs, ounce reaching the top of this winding hill yo the right starts your boulder canyon known as rock garden. Good jump opurtunities but hold on. Garden stops halfway down hill allowing you to branch into tons of switchbacks.

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