Hi Mountain Lookout Road

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,407ft
Trailhead Elevation3,177ft
Elevation Min/Max1844/3179ft
Elevation Start/End3177/3177ft
Hi Mountain Lookout Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is within Garcia Wilderness, Santa Lucia Wilderness, and Los Padres National Forest. It is 25.3 miles long and begins at 3,177 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,407 feet. The Hi Mountain Condor Lookout viewpoint and Hi Mountain (elevation 3,179 feet) are near the trailhead. The Hi Mountain Campground camp site and the McNeil Spring can be seen along the trail. There is also a water tower along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Lowe (elevation 2,530 feet). There are also communications towers near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Big Falls, Huffs Hole, Rim Rock Trail, Jeep Trail, Florence Hart Trail, Garcia Ridge Trail, Burrito Creek Road, Little Falls, Belmont Stakes, Trout Creek Trail, Rinconda and Deliverance.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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)."

Hi Mountain Lookout Road Reviews

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For frist time 4x4ers its a graet trail. It took about 3 hr. to complete with lunch & veiws. P.C.V.
Good hike or bike. You don’t want to do this in the afternoon in the summer as it can get well above 100 degrees. Can also be a problem if it has been raining as there is a lot of clay.

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Santa Lucia Wilderness