Bakersfield Recreation Sites

Caliente Mountain

Latitude, Longitude: 35.031683, -119.868307

The Caliente Range is an isolated area with the highest point in San Luis Obispo County, the Caliente Mountain (Caliente Mountain Access Trail). It forms the western border of the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the eastern border of the Cuyama Valley and the Los Padres National Forest.

Wide open spaces and spring wildfloer places set the stage for hiking and biking on this 2.5 mile maintained trail. Hunters favor the trail for access to deer and quail on adjacent public lands. Another 4.5 mile of primitive trail takes you to the Caliente Mountain Ridge. However this later trail segment is not in use at this time.

Directions

From Interstate 5, follow Highway 166 west to New Cuyama. The trail is about 14 miles west of New Cuyama. The trail starts on the north side of highway shortly after crossing the bridge over the Cuyama River.
Or from Highway 101 go east on Highway 166 for about 38 miles. The trail starts on the north side of the highway shortly before crossing the bridge over the Cuyama River.
Be sure to park completely off of the highway.