Painted Rock Trail

New Cuyama, California

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Aside from the views, the hike itself is rather nondescript. However, the large boulder outcroppings of Lion Canyon become apparent rather early on, so the distance to the destination is observable and tangible, even though Painted Rock is a bit closer than the actual canyon itself. As the hike finally enters the mountaintop vale where the pictographs reside, a magical quality can be felt in the very air. Strange stone formations begin to crop up resembling Celtic standing stones.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

Aside from the views, the hike itself is rather nondescript. However, the large boulder outcroppings of Lion Canyon become apparent rather early on, so the distance to the destination is observable and tangible, even though Painted Rock is a bit closer than the actual canyon itself. As the hike finally enters the mountaintop vale where the pictographs reside, a magical quality can be felt in the very air. Strange stone formations begin to crop up resembling Celtic standing stones.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Cuyama
Length: 10.75
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 5,050 feet
Top Elevation: 5,100 feet
Local Contacts: Los Padres National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Peak Mountain, Hurricane Deck
Topo Map: Painted Rock Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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