Mount Lowe Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
#15 of 118 trails in

Mount Lowe Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Luis Obispo, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

8.2 miles 1238 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 hours ago

A road with nice views of the Morros. Moderate mtn bike traffic, watch out for them as they seldom use bells or the "on your right!" warning. Only one had a bell out of 8. Not a proble, but just to let you know. We have traveled this road in the evening for a nice sunset during summer when the temps are high and the glow worms are out. This makes a great night hike and an awesome sunset. Aroundd December, the temps were right around 40 with a wind chill for kicks. A good base layer and a light jacket kept us comfortable. We went on through to Sulphur pots from the East Cuesta portal via Mt Lowe rd. Pretty windy all day in the expected areas. Easy work out to the top with a great view along the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail, just a wide dirt road. Had to climb the gate to get in. Parking garage right off the highway for about 7 cars. If you go straight on the road instead of taking a left at the fork to Mount Lowe, it leads further into the wilderness area & connects to a whole bunch more hiking trails if you want to add distance onto your hike

trail running
5 months ago

7 months ago

Love this trail!! So many amazing views, shade and sun and not overly popular

10 months ago

A great hike! Stunning views all the way. Wonderful rock formations and ever changing vegetation as you gain elevation. No trash along the trail "at all!"

hiking
2 years ago

You'll likely have to climb over the main gate to access the trail road but once on the trail the hike is nice and scenic, some of the best topographic views of the San Luis Obispo area, along with Cerro Alto (though this trail has more shade coverage than Cerro Alto, which is a plus.) The top of the trail is particularly spectacular as the top of the ridge houses a giant pine forest on the edge of the Los Padres - I never knew this may pine trees could grow along the Central Coast!

walking
2 years ago

This is a fairly moderate walk with great views all along. It is actually a road not a trail.

2 years ago

East Cuesta Ridge trail is an easy trail, its basically a private road on the North bound 101 freeway. You vere right after the top of Cuesta 101 where you'll see a few cars parked along 101 north. Its a pretty trail but some people think its boring but I think it gets prettier as you keep heading to the top, you get more pine trees as you hike higher. This is the highest trail in San Luis Obispo, its a good walk but worth it.