La Jolla / Ballard Trailhead

Area Status: Open

La Jolla / Ballard Trailhead is located approximately 12.5 miles from the time that one turns onto Figueroa Mountain Road off of Highway 154.  You will find the trailhead .5 miles past the Figueroa Station. Parking is available on the right side of the road on the dirt turnout, right before Tunnell Ranch Road. This parking area can accommodate between 5 to 6 vehicles. This trail is approximately 3 miles and leads to a primitive campsite known as Ballard. This trail is very popular during spring, as the wildflowers are spectacular during this time of year. 

Located in the Figueroa Mountain area. This 5 mile trail is steep and goes into a canyon bottom where a spring feeds a cold stream. When you get to the bottom, you'll find the remains of an old CCC cabin. Ballard trail camp is in the canyon bottom. An easy hike down, hard work coming back. This trail is most popular in fall and spring. Summer finds the exposed hillsides not very inviting.

At a Glance

Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: None
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Los Olivos, CA 
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at the Figueroa Campground, .5 of a mile beyond the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Santa Lucia Ranger District
1616 No.Carlotti Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 925-9538

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Toilets: Vault toilets are at the Figueroa Campground
Parking: Yes
Drinking water: none

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