Stallion Springs Trail Ride
Friends and I explored the Stallion Springs area of the Tehachapi Mountains in Central California. There is plenty of room for your horse trailer at the intersection of Horse Thief and Mustang, called Buckskin Park. You’ll find a few horse pens, hitching posts, and picnic tables to enjoy. From here (our elevation was about 4,000 feet), you can horseback ride in a couple of directions. Some trails are alongside the streets, but the residents are very respectful of horseback riders and take care.
At the time of this video, some trails needed maintenance, but that won’t always be the case. Stallion Springs Trail Maps: https://www.stallionspringscsd.com/equestrian-hiking-trails
There were five of us riding on this outing. Two of the people knew the area well. Stallion Springs, and the Tehachapi area is a very horse-friendly. While we ride through residential areas, the lots are big and far apart. There are lots of oak trees. I believe there are five distinct types of oaks in the area. As we rode through one area, a group had labeled many of the plants.
Most of the group drove from places with a little elevation. Scratch lives at 500 feet. I found he was huffing and puffing going up the hills. The temps can reach the high 80s in the summer. At that elevation, it feels even warmer.
As we wound around the mountains, magnificent vistas of the Tehachapi valley would emerge. Then, we would turn around another corner and trees and mountains surrounded us.
Wildlife and the Old Golf Course
Real estate in the area took a hit a few years back. As a result, the Stallion Springs golf course lost its owner. It’s overgrown now. Golfers knew the course for its fast greens and rocky terrain.
We saw a few deer from the trail. Two elk walked through Buckskin Park as we unsaddled. There have been some reports of rattlesnakes in the area. Keep an eye out.
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