duration: 3-6 hours
Length: 12 miles/20 km
Rise high above the desert, challenging and panoramic! Enjoy one night free accommodation/ simple breakfast at our guest room!
Cross Country Trail Ride to Bear Camp- for riders searching a challenge!
This ride is the most technical and challenging of all our rides, all riders for this particular ride- must be fit! This ride comes with an accommodation and free breakfast for riders.
Arrive around 5 pm. Meet your mount already saddled up in the ring. You’ll get the opportunity to ride your assigned horse, we’ll make sure the saddle fits your seat properly.
Enjoy your dinner in town, we recommend a restaurant not to far away from the ranch. Your lodging will be in one of our single rooms here at the ranch.
Next morning after breakfast and a good night sleep we head out on a beautiful very scenic trail- rising high above the desert!
Arrival after 5pm and test ride your horse
Arrive after 5pm.
Orientation ride in a ring. Meet your assigned horse and team up the day before your next day riding adventure. A guide will provide detailed instructions before you mount, and offers you assistance to adjust your stirrups. Riders will practice walk, trot, backing up, guiding horses around cones and barrels in the ring. Demonstrating a confident and proper rain management is required as riders have to be quick on the trail, to guide their mounts around upcoming obstacles, which are usually branches hanging from bushy nature trails, big rocks or ditches along the path. If you want to ride at a trot, your fast response of guiding your horse around those nature obstacles is absolutely required.
Afterwards we recommend for dinner a biker pup/bar Rock Inn in Lake Hughes.
Ride to Bear Camp
We serve a breakfast very early before your ride.
If you wish to saddle up your horse, you welcome to do so!
Our ride begins with a slow warm up trot, to prepare our horses muscles for a long and partially steep climb. Arrived on the ridge, horses get a moment catching up with they're breath. From here we heading to the trail head of the world famous Pacific Crest Trail, climbing another two challenging miles ending up at 5900 feet above sea level! Breathtaking, scenic views following us all around.
Next coming four miles, balanced, confident, athletic, horse riders can be challenged if they wish, while zipping at a trot on this very winding, bending, hilly up and down wilderness path. In addition riders will have to look out for upcoming branches. Bending over the horse neck, side wards, or leaning back of your mount is required, to avoid sometimes some oncoming bushy branches. Most of our guest riders will break here a sweat!
For riders which prefer to take it easy, we just enjoy this beautiful trail at a walk, mixed up with some short trotting sessions here and there.
A short break will be taken in the meadows at Bear Camp!
Afterwards we head back across the most likely windy ridge trail. We drop down to Sawmill Mountains, while soaking in hundreds of miles desert views ahead of us! The second much steeper incline leads us back to the ranch.