East Cuesta Ridge Trail

Santa Margarita, California 93453

East Cuesta Ridge Trail

East Cuesta Ridge Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail to the ridge is actually a well-maintained, little-used dirt and gravel service road leading to several communication towers and Los Padres National Forest trails. The road crosses private property for the first 2 miles before entering Los Padres National Forest for another couple of miles of trail. The highlight of this hike that winds gradually to a panoramic summit is the open views overlooking San Luis Obispo and the nearby morros (the nine hills belonging to a chain of ancient volcanoes) all the way to the coast."

East Cuesta Ridge Trail Reviews

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Good road for hiking or biking. The view is worth the hike although it’s not the difficult of a hike. I would like to see more parking here, carpool if you can. I usually bike this trail once a month and is good when it has been raining.

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Trail Information

Santa Margarita
Nearby City
981 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Year-round; summers can be hot
1,555 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,536 feet
Top Elevation
Los Padres National Forest, Santa Lucia Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Lopez Mountain
Local Maps