Cerro Alto Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Goleta, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Water and restrooms on site. Max 2 vehicles per campsite.
This is an amazing hike if you're looking to get a great workout. Love it!
Cerro Alto Trail is starts at the Cerro Alto Campground in the Los Padres National Forest about in between Morro Bay and Atascadero on CA-41. The trail is between 4.5 to 6 miles long depending on the starting point. It is a very steep trail, with an elevation gain of about 1650ft. However, the view from the summit, especially on a clear day is absolutely worth it. You can see the California Central Coast from stretching from at least Cayucos to San Louis Obispo with rolling hills in the backdrop. This is one of the few trails in the area which is dog friendly.
This is a great, and difficult trail. But the views at the top are worth it. On a clear day you get a perfect view of Morro Bay all the way to San Luis Obispo. This trail is in between Atascadero and Morro Bay on highway 41 (also known as Morro road). It's far away from Goleta, CA.
Fantastic view! We found banana slug on the way to the top.
What a great hike and trail it well maintained yet has a lot of strenuous sections
It's a beautiful hike. There are ferns at the beginning and also poison ivy. Beautiful scenery all the way up to the summit. My favorite so far. We did the trail at the back end of the campgrounds up to the summit and came back the same way. 5.6 miles I think.
moderate hike well groomed trail beautiful views
The ascent up to the peak was probably the most challenging hike I've ever taken part of, although I was pushing an 80-pound downhill race bike. Trails were pretty narrow and steep until you get about 3/4 of the way up the mountain. After that it levels off in some spots so you can catch your breathe before making your way to the highest peak or downhill on the other side like I did. The upper elevation changes to desert, which was really neat and I even saw a desert patterned lizard with a spiked crest around its head. No other location matches the panoramic view you get to see when you get up high enough. I could see from Ragged Point to Guadalupe and it's the only peak where you can see all the 7 Sisters Rocks. The descent was pretty hectic, but oh so exhilarating. I had to change my brake pads after the trip. Lol. All in all an amazing experience and I look forward to a return trip soon. Highly recommended.
Pretty Hard trail. 80% of the trail is going straight up, if you don't like steep trails this ones not for you. Well worth it though with the view 2,600 feet up.
The views were beautiful. The trail had a very rugged almost high desert feel to it. I happen to go on a very hot day (102 deg.) and there was very limited shade on this hike especially on the way down. Also there was a day use fee of $10, which I did not anticipate, since it is a National Forrest (luckily I had some cash).
It was an awesome hike! There were a lot of bugs out there. The beginning of the hike was next to a stream. It was a really pretty area and the views are stunning. Definitely worth it!