After 9 months of trail riding,  we're ready to go to "the Top"... I think.
Heading out on another Richard ride!!
Trail looks leisure enough....
At this point, we are already having to crash thru overgrown brush to stay on " the trail"...
But do you see a trail ?  I didn't.
As the elevation increased, I began to really understand the extent of this adventure.
The weather was great.  Not too hot or cold.. for a July in Los Osos.  (Yes, the fog is typical summer weather)
This is flat-land, the trail gets back off this road up here..
We had just come up a canyon-- only as wide as a horse, similar to what you see on the left.  If I was over weight, I'd have lefted scaped off on the walls and bushes!!
Remember the trees in the distance in the earlier photo...  Yep, that's them up close.
In the distance-- Morro Bay.  You can't see it?
Journey is a bit stressed... Flaring nostrels-- he's breathing really hard.
The last canyon, he fell... but was held up by the close sides, and my boots on the ridges inside.  He cut on one his back ankles w/ a shoe when he tripped.

But he did well, didn't panic, and no limping was found.
And we will be going back down that way too.
Looking out to the east boundry of Montana De Oro.
Both the horses must have lost 6 inches on the way up.  What an exercise routine.
A recent and subtle memorial left in 07, just off the trail.
Small horses are ideal, but you will still need to duck, and sway to keep from getting cut.  Long pants and sleeves are absolutley necessary.
Daily the message is changed by a hiker that lives nearby.
Today,  "Life Is"
This is a complete surprise to me, and quite beautiful.
Mother nature sheered this off, and it's visable from beyond Morro Bay.
I would love to spend a day there... seeing the wildlife from a safe distance of course.
Many trails converge here.  It was a well known "party" place in the previous century....
You have returned to the beginning, and may now give thanks for surviving another ride.
Rim of the World-Los Osos
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Author: robynstravel (ID: 4309)
Posted: 2009-07-09 00:42 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 5.95 km
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This is an old trail ride that Richard took his more experienced riders and horses on. After seeing the terrain and the altitude climb, I see why.

Ready to ride
After 9 months of trail riding, we're ready to go to "the Top"... I think.
Bye trailer, hope to see you again!!
Heading out on another Richard ride!!
Trail looks leisure enough....
Los Osos Homes and the Back Bay
At this point, we are already having to crash thru overgrown brush to stay on " the trail"...
We go that way...
But do you see a trail ? I didn't.
Gaining Persepective
As the elevation increased, I began to really understand the extent of this adventure.
A small break to --Prepare
The weather was great. Not too hot or cold.. for a July in Los Osos. (Yes, the fog is typical summer weather)
"You didn't want to ride on the freeway did you?"
This is flat-land, the trail gets back off this road up here..
Canyon Riding
We had just come up a canyon-- only as wide as a horse, similar to what you see on the left. If I was over weight, I'd have lefted scaped off on the walls and bushes!!
After we get past the trees it starts to get steep
Remember the trees in the distance in the earlier photo... Yep, that's them up close.
Ok, the view could have been better
In the distance-- Morro Bay. You can't see it?
Taking stock, and talking down a horse
Journey is a bit stressed... Flaring nostrels-- he's breathing really hard.
The last canyon, he fell... but was held up by the close sides, and my boots on the ridges inside. He cut on one his back ankles w/ a shoe when he tripped.

But he did well, didn't panic, and no limping was found.
And we will be going back down that way too.
Rim of the World-- Los Osos style
Looking out to the east boundry of Montana De Oro.
Tighten that girth, its a long way down!!
Both the horses must have lost 6 inches on the way up. What an exercise routine.
A wayside Memorial
A recent and subtle memorial left in 07, just off the trail.
Manzanita Cave
Small horses are ideal, but you will still need to duck, and sway to keep from getting cut. Long pants and sleeves are absolutley necessary.
Ice plant wisdom
Daily the message is changed by a hiker that lives nearby.
Today, "Life Is"
Behind Los Osos is a hidden canyon and valley
This is a complete surprise to me, and quite beautiful.
Shale scar
Mother nature sheered this off, and it's visable from beyond Morro Bay.
Timeless Valley
I would love to spend a day there... seeing the wildlife from a safe distance of course.
Woven trails
Many trails converge here. It was a well known "party" place in the previous century....
Stop ---praying---
You have returned to the beginning, and may now give thanks for surviving another ride.
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