Spine Trail


Path winding through Rancho Corral de Tierra

The Spine Trail is a great way to experience the remoteness and wild beauty of Rancho Corral de Tierra.

Park along Etheldore Street, then hoof it down Ranch Road toward the Ember Ridge Equestrian Center (don't disturb the horses...or the staff, please!). Find the signs for the Spine Trail, and then you're on your way up, up, up.

It's a 1,500-foot climb to the top, but the payoff is a rock outcrop overlook on the flank of Montara Mountain. Catch your breath, enjoy a snack, and savor the view of the coastal hills, valleys, and Pacific Ocean. 

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5.99 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain

421.00 feet

Elevation Loss

-1565.00 feet

Typical Tread Width

28 Inches

Minimum Tread Width

22 Inches

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