Cerro Alto Upper Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain841ft
Trailhead Elevation1,678ft
Elevation Min/Max1678/2439ft
Elevation Start/End1678/1678ft

Cerro Alto Upper Trail

Cerro Alto Upper Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,678 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 841 feet. This trail connects with the following: At&T Trail.

Cerro Alto Upper Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A good choice in rainy weather, although the streambed at the end can be muddy. Forest Adventure Pass required. The climb to Cerro Alto is extremely steep, but you are rewarded with 360-degree views and a fun, mostly singletrack descent."

"At 2624 feet, the Cerro Alto summit has spectacular, unlimited 360-degree views of the central coast's beautiful landscape. The peak overlooks Morro Rock, Morro Bay and the Pacific Ocean to the west; Cambria, San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse to the northwest; and Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo and the Santa Lucia Mountains to the southeast."

"Cerro Alto is one of the taller mountains in San Luis Obispo County, and the highest along the West Cuesta Ridge. The views and scenery from its summit are a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the region, with views extending for miles and miles. In spring expect a show from wildflowers, though the area gets dry and hot toward midsummer. There is shade only on the lower portions of the hike, and as the trail snakes its way up through the canyons, the hillsides are grass-covered with coastal scrub."

"Located in the Los Padres National Forest along California Highway 41 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Highlights: Fun singletrack descent. Views of Morro Bay from the upper ridge. Hazards: Hunters, poison oak. Forest Adventure Pass required."

Cerro Alto Upper Trail Reviews

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I did a version of this with the other loop ride. It is steep climbinb especially if you stick with the single track over the double track. A farily average ride with a little exposure, loose surfaces, a few techy spots but mostly steep and easy.
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The summit is wonderful. You have a 360 degree view of everything, including Morro Rock and the coastline. It took about 2 hours to reach the top, and about 30 to 45 minutes to get back down. I highly reccomend this one; it seems family friendly as well. Dogs are allowed.
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Great trail, but not easy to moderate. Can get really hot in the summer. Highly recommend this one.

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
USGS Atascadero, The Mountain Biking Map for San Luis Obispo
Local Maps