The trail began on Mountain Drive and wound its way up the sun baked south slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains. It led past a rocky prominence known at the time as “Lookout Point” or “El Roca Grande,” which is commonly called Gibraltar Rock these days.
The narrow path continued on skirting the mountain and passing through nearby Flores Flats.
From there it led to the top of La Cumbre Peak for a total distance of about ten miles. The trail was built in an effort to open up previously inaccessible tracts of wilderness to horseback riders.
Historical Overview of the Los Padres National Forest, E.R. “Jim” Blakley and Karen Barnette, (1985), P. 63.