Garcia Wilderness Trails
There are a few, somewhat neglected trails in the Garcia Wilderness. These trails are perfect for running and hiking – especially in the winter time. By early spring, they tend to be overgrown with poison oak and swarming with flies. Also, the area can get pretty warm – hot in the summer. Winter is a perfect time for exploration, but access can be difficult.
There are 4 access points into Garcia Wilderness. One is at the Trout Creek Trailhead. This access point is on public lands, and can be accessed by several miles on a dirt road (4 Wheel Drive is required). It takes 15-25 minutes to drove to this trail head from Pozo.
Another Entry point is at the end of Garcia Ridge Road, also accessed via Hi-Mountain road (also leaving out of Pozo). It takes about 45-60 minutes to drive on a rugged 4WD road to this point from Pozo. This access point is of little interest because of the effort to get here and because the Garcia Ridge trail is overgrown, and not any more beautiful than other nearby (more easily accessed) ridge trails.
The other 2 points are both on private land, but I’m archiving them here for general knowledge/interest. Also, there is the possibility that public access will be restored, at which point I will update this post. The other 2 access points are as follows:
1) The Stony Creek Campground at the end of Huasna Road / Agua Escondito Road. The road to reach this area traverses private land that is not currently open to the public. Fortunately, though, There is an effort to find a “work around” – another way to enter the property.
2) The third access point is also through private land: Via Avenales Ranch Road. This trailhead takes you to the Sellers Potrero Trailhead. Again, this entry is currently on private land. It appears that the land-owners at the Avenales Ranch side may grand permission to access this blocked trail head. If you decide to go explore the Garcia Wilderness, you can definitely access via the Trout Creek Trailhead, and explore all the way to these other trail heads – at which point you might want to turn around.