Explorer | 30 pts
The best description of this trail I got from e-books was that it is "easy to moderate." For a novice like me who just got a 4WD SUV and dying to take it on an adventure, this trail proved to be as exciting as I could have imagined. We found nearly everything we expected, including some other things we didn't, like a whole collection of ammo shells at an open site. Nearby, one could hear the gun shots from a gun club. For someone who has never been exposed to guns or shooting, this was an exciting and even scary experience. That is until I found out I was completely safe.
The views of the ocean on one side of the ridge and the mountains and Lake Cachuma on the other side were stunning. The weather was perfect and we only saw two other jeeps on our way. Both disappeared within seconds never to be seen again, one of them even did a trick that left us with our mouths open in disbelief, he just took off on the side of the rocky mountain as if it believed it was a mountain goat, then disapppeared. We were envious. We weren't going to try that in our brand new Explorer. Maybe next time.
It was truly a great adventure. Add a picnic under a shady tree and great company and it was a perfect 4th of July.