Hi Mountain Lookout Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Oak woodlands; vistas of the Santa Lucia Range. The road goes between the Santa Lucia and Garcia Wilderness areas, where mechanized travel isn’t allowed."
--Tony Huegel, California Coastal Byways (Wilderness Press).
"After a tough climb to a ridge, this ride offers great vistas to the west and the east, including views of both Lopez and Santa Margarita lakes. As an out-and-back trip, it's fire road the whole way, or you can continue and descend some twisty, fast and fun singletrack to the old Rinconda Mine site. There are very few services in the area. Be self-sufficient."
--Delaine Fragnoli, Mountain Biking California's Central Coast Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"The Hi Mountain Trail is a multiuse trail in the Los Padres National Forest east of Lopez Lake. The trail heads up the canyon in a shaded riparian forest parallel to a stream. While climbing out of the canyon, there are several spectacular vistas. The hike returns on an unpaved road, winding through the pastoral oak-dotted hills of the upper Arroyo Grande valley."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California (Day Hike Books).
"Hi Mountain Road begins in Pozo and travels through the Los Padres National Forest to finish at the Big Falls Hiking Trailhead. Much of the easy graded road runs along a ridge top, offering stunning views in all directions. Initially the trail passes through a short section of private property. A mile from the start, the trail crosses the Salinas River. The river crossing typically has water year-round, but it is normally shallow and should pose no difficulty to highclearance vehicles under normal conditions. Special Attractions: Ridge top trail with views over the La Panza Range and Santa Lucia Wilderness; Hiking access into wilderness. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing ).
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