San Benito Lifestyle

Walking San Benito: Ostdick’s collection of San Benito’s many walking opportunities

This great collection, created by local author Jim Ostdick is ultimately a thorough tour that gets you all around San Benito County.
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In January 2017, BenitoLink and author Jim Ostdick embarked on a new adventure; a series of free, public walks in San Benito County. The series was written and lead by Jim Ostdick, a retired teacher and author. In a series of articles, local adventurer Ostdick introduced readers to the many walking opportunities available to us.

The prior year, BenitoLink readers followed his long route, as Ostdick traveled on foot from the East Coast all the way home to San Benito County.

A San Juan Bautista resident, Ostdick describes his big interests as energy conservation, outdoor recreation and human-powered travel. He is an Adopt-a-Highway volunteer and served on the board of R.E.A.C.H., San Benito Parks Foundation 2015-2017.

At the end of his nearly year-long series, Ostdick wrote to his readers:


The BenitoLink Walking San Benito series showcasing some of the many hiking opportunities in San Benito County has been fun and educational for me. My hope is that each of you who have read the articles also enjoyed them. Even more than that, I hope you will grab a partner and get outside to walk and observe this awesome countryside for yourselves. Happy trails!

These walks are now recorded and tested out on foot, with wonderful descriptions of the unique qualities of each location. BenitoLink appreciates Ostdick’s dedication for this project and his patient message to try a slower pace and enjoy the beauty of San Benito County. Enjoy the trip …and Ostdick would say, “and please folks, do not litter.”

1. Brigantino Park

2. San Juan Bautista Loop

3. On a Mission

4. Everybody’s Mountain

5. Baler Strong

6. Tres Pinos

7. St. Francis Loop 

8. Art and Science of Downtown Hollister

9. Historical Park

10. Mudstone Ranch

11. Hollister Parks Loop

12. Pinnacles South Wilderness Trail

13. San Juan Valley

14. Quien Sabe Road

15. Pinnacles North Wilderness Trail

16. Griswold Hills

17. Pinnacles National Park High Peaks Trail

18. Panoche Hills Badlands

19. Laguna Mountain Double Header

20. Pinnacles National Park Balconies Trail 

21. Laguna Falls Teaser

22. Pinnacles National Park Chalone Peak Trail

23. Pinnacles National Park- Bacon Ranch 

24. Path of the Padres


Below are listed three books written by Jim Ostdick.

Palomino Dream blog

Palomino and the Dream Machine

Palomino Nation


Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.