Length: 6.8 miles
Duration: 2.9 hours
Difficulty: Easy. Trails largely unimproved and unmaintained dirt paths across the Mesa, then track adjacent private roads with only one steep climb. Beautiful landscaping and the homes of the wealthy seen from across back yard fences.
Altitude gain: 430 ft
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Unfortunately this was an illusion, and not far past this point we started bashing through the dense bush that turned us back from the other side the LAST time we tried to ride here. This time we did get through, but scratched and whacked and not unscathed.
We studiously avoid the overgrown trail where I got scratched up earlier, and follow the track home along the Atascadero Creek, now cemented into an urban channel with a bike path on the other side. All in all a lovely stroll on a classically pretty Stabarbacan summer day.