duration: 6-8 hours
Blue Mountain Ridge Ride - Full Day Ride
Climb up on to 5900 feet and trot some winding high ridges along on the Pacific Crest Trail! This ride will take your breath away. Riders need to be fit.
Blue Mountain Ridge Ride
Climb up with our surefooted equestrians on to higher elevations and ride on a variety of cross country trails, while experience spectacular vistas! We trot if we can, and walk if we must.
Riders please read our ride requirements.
Meet and Ride your Horse in a Ring
Arrival after 6pm. Riders meet their horse in the ring. All our new rider's get a riding demonstration from our guide. You'll find plenty of time to check your mount out at a trot, we'll make sure the saddle fits your seat properly, and that you feel comfortable and safe on your mount.
Blue Mountain Ridge Ride
Next morning after a breakfast and a good night sleep we saddle up, to head out in to a remote wilderness!
If you wish you can saddle your horse up by yourself, or he/she will be already tacked and ready to go!
Our ride begins with a slow warm up trot, to prepare our horses muscles for a long, steep elevation gain- up to 5800 feet. Experience a California sunrise, while climbing up the Manzanita Mountain on Running Horse Ranch. Arrived half way on the ridge, horses get a moment to catch they're breath. From here we heading to the trail head of the world famous Pacific Crest Trail, climbing another two challenging miles. Impeccable breathtaking, scenic views hugging us from all around! You'll feel to be on top of the world.
On to the coming two 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 balanced over the horse neck, side wards, or leaning back of your mount is required, to avoid sometimes the bushy branches. Most of our guest riders will break here a sweat!
Depending on the footing, we continue our ride, at a walk or trot, through oak forests, and crossing magical meadows. You'll be enjoying stunning views across the Mohave Desert to the Tehachapie Mountains, and Los Padres National Forest. With some luck we maybe finding the possibility to watch some wildlife like deer, coyote or mountain lion.
The last four miles we descent to Sandberg.
Arriving at historical Sandberg, we untack our horses, offer them water, allow them to roll, and load them in the trailer. Before we haul back to the ranch we stop for a well deserved lunch in the small city of Gorman.
Your saddle bags will be equipped with a bottle of water.