duration: 6-8 hours
Blue Mountain Ridge Ride - Full Day Ride
Climb up on to the crest and follow some winding ridges along on the Pacific Crest Trail! This ride will take your breath away.
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!
All tours are lead by an experienced guide,but you still ride your own ride. We most likely taking out only one party at a time, we can accommodate up to four riders. We only taking on two parties if both riders are very experienced, not to spoil the experience.
Riders please read our ride requirements. Weight limit 85kg, 180lb
Pairing up with your equine
Arrival after 6pm. Riders meet their horse in the arena. All our new rider's attend a detailed riding demonstration from our friendly guides. You'll find plenty of time to team up with your equine. We'll make sure the saddle fits your seat properly.
Your accommodation is in one of our rooms in our ranch bungalow. Guests can also hang out on the cozy porch, watching how the forest will go to sleep. Your room has an kitchen, you can bring your own groceries, if you wish otherwise dinner we recommend at the historical Rock House in our town of Lake Hughes.
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.
Your saddle bags will be equipped with a bottle of water.